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When Breath Becomes Air

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House UK

Date: March 2016

Duration: 5 hours 35 minutes


'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.


  • Nitesh S

    One of the best books to read. Shows how we go through ups and downs of life and face the ultimate end.

  • Niralini T

    Breathtaking! Such an inspiring story from a neurosurgeon.

  • Karen C

    Really enjoyed. this is book a powerful.

  • Milind Chitnis

    Thoroughly enjoying listening to the audio edition of this deeply philosophical autobiography of a highly intelligent young, bright American Neurosurgeon, who could easily have been a Professor of Literature and/or Philosophy at any prestigious Univ in the world. Paul's soul can rest in peace to know that his story, words and thoughts are and will touch millinons of lives in the years to come. A must for ALL medical students, doctors everywhere in the world. Will certainly buy the print copy to read it again and again. Narration is superb! Highly recommended.

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • Tali Sahar

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

  • Jing Kang

    Touching book. Narrator did a good job too!

  • Beth Pastore

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

  • Anais Cuchilla Castillo

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

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by Paul Kalanithi

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