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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Nov 13, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: narrative-nonfiction, audiobooks
Read from February 12 to March 14, 2012

That was hard work! It started off well and was mostly interesting but I just found it too long and the last third was torturous (which I hope isn't too inconsiderate a word given the subject matter). Not the first time for this to happen but I didn't realise that I had only downloaded 2/3 parts of the audiobook. When I was informed I had another 1/3 to listen to I emitted some groan and only then realised how little I had started enjoying this. Narrative Fiction is currently my favourite genre but this felt like a completely different kind of book to the wonderful The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I had a gut feeling about this book, that I wished I stuck with. I think it may have a niche market, and that market isn't me.

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