• Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-03-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (1,019 ratings)

Summary

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now.
Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
©2008 Ben Goldacre (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 26-03-10

Making science truly entertaining

Ben Goldacre has the rare gift of making things that the media will tell you are boring seem fascinatingly interesting. Bad Science is filled with the clear-minded, witty writing that makes him such a success on the pages of the guardian... and on top of the book being really entertaining, it is hugely educational. Goldacre dismantles everything from antioxidant and fish oil nonsense to the evils of big pharma and shows up Patrick Holford for the quack he is. He does all this without malace and with clear and undisputable evidence. The book is a triumph of the mind in an age of ignorance. If it wasn't for some slightly too smug narration, it would have been frighteningly close to the perfect listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By P on 16-03-11

Get this book.

It will change the way you look at the world.
Fantastic pace and very entertaining.

PJ

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy Allais on 05-07-10

Great book, better in hard copy

This fascinating and persuasive book will give you loads of fodder for heated dinner party conversations. But I recommend that you buy the hard copy rather, for two reasons:
- the delivery of the narrator is excessively vehement, overbearing and forceful which doesn't match the tone the book is written in, and makes for painful listening, and
- it's the kind of book that you want to refer back to to verify a statistic or clarify a point, which is one of the rare occasions when I'd rather have a paper book than an audio book.

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. It's just that I'll be buying several hard copies for myself and for general dishing out.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 08-10-13

Great content, engaging narration

What made the experience of listening to Bad Science the most enjoyable?

Dr. Goldacre leads us through a masterful educational experience that should vastly improve the scientific media literacy of any layperson listening to this book. More importantly, he blends this grave and potentially depressing content with a sense of humour that makes it not just bearable, but delightful!

What about Rupert Farley’s performance did you like?

I'm glad I wasn't dissuaded from listening to this by the reviews describing the narration as terrible, because I found the delivery delightful, and a perfect match for Goldacre's charming sarcastic tone.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I seldom have so much fun listening to accounts of terrible betrayals of the public trust.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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