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When Breath Becomes Air

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Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra

5 Hours 35 Minutes

Random House UK

March 2016

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Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity the brain and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

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  • Peta Beaton

    Beautifully written and very insightful. I really enjoyed this book and I\'m so glad Paul had the strength to write as long as he did. I think he\'d be happy to know that his story is touching people\'s heart the way it is. The narrator did an excellent job too. Great all round. :)

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  • Xilin Brandsma

    It is the first audio book I had, and I really appreciate it . It is truly moving, genuine and deeply thoughts provoking book! Paul was such talented, inspirational doctor with tremendous humility. I wish him RIP. His strong, uncompromising spirit will live on.

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  • Tali Sahar

    DEEPLY INSPIRING BOOK, a book the i'll cherish to th rest of my life. Excellent narratiom!

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  • Jing Kang

    Touching book. Narrator did a good job too!

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  • Beth Pastore

    Well written, insightful book with narration that made it a great listen!

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  • Anais Cuchilla Castillo

    Deep, emotional and raw. Excellent audiobook and highly recommended!

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