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I have just completed my listening to this book, and am amazed by how much I learned. Not only is the alimentary canal looked at from a wide variety of perspectives but also a lot of general biology is covered and how the gut links in to the rest of the body. Some of the discoveries of recent science you can learn about in this book are really exciting and we can easily see how research into bacterial flora and enterotypes could improve medicine in the decades to follow.
I would like to redress the balance a little - not only of the good and bad bacteria in my own intestines but to express how surprised I am by the number of fellow reviewers critical of Katey Sobey's reading. I myself liked her voice and performance, if there are any mispronounced words I don't know which ones they were and would like to challenge that reviewer to state some examples and give time stamps. If there is any stiltedness then it is in the translation from the German which is on the whole good but you can really sense the underlying original coming through, especially in the bit about the threadworms, the term "arse-crawler" is not something you'll hear in English with anything like the frequency of Arschkriecher in German - and if anything you'd hear "licker" in English, but that wouldn't really apply to the threadworm and so what was the translator to do? Humour abounds - often a bit too anthropomorphic maybe for purists but it brings the subject to life. Katey's cut-glass accent sounds in terms of timbre quite like Giulia's reading of her own book in German although Katey's diction is superior in English to Giulia's in German in my own opinion. I look forward to more read by the same narrator. The idea that she spoiled the text is really far from my own view, but these things are subjective. You get a five minute preview, so use that and decide if you like the voice or not, rather than buy it blind (deaf??) and then moan.
I have some outstanding questions for Giulia from the book. These are the questions I had which have not been answered by the book although I was hoping to know the answers. Also included. If anyone knows and wants to answer in response I'll be happy.
1. I don't feel that enough attention was given to the gall bladder and also what the options are about gall bladder surgery and also what happens after a gall bladder removal. Given that this is the most frequent surgical procedure I can imagine a lot of people would like to hear insights about what to look out for in a world without the GB and how this affects everything else that was spoken about.
2. Fasting is a discipline practised by cultures all around the world and people make all manner of claims in favour of it, from spiritual claims to the 5:2 diet. It would have been good to have had some input about fasting. In particular joining back to my first question, can fasting cause gallstones and should a person continue to fast who has had his GB out?
And now a question which arose from the listening itself:
3. Toxoplasma gondii - what can we do to find out if we have this parasite and how to get rid of it, or is that simply impossible. If this is behind some people's mental health issues, then what can be done to help them?
That's not exhaustive but were my biggest questions unanswered.I am still going to give 5 stars because it is impossible to foresee every reader's queries and it would be churlish to mark down an informative and enjoyable book just because it still leaves some things unsaid.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Gut the most enjoyable?
Wonderful narration of a fascinating subject
Any additional comments?
I bought this as an audio book and loved it - really beautifully narrated and incredibly interesting. The only problem I had was that I wanted to remember much of the contents, so I now need to buy it again as a hard copy or Kindle version, so that I can refer to it often. The subject matter is fascinating and perhaps all people should be taught this at school, perhaps when about 15, so that they know how to look after their health better.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Well worth a listen - avoid meal times. I listened on my walk to and from work
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I feel like this book has given a lot. It presents its information in a way that makes it easy to absorb. And the performance almost had me believe the author of the book read it :P
Anyways, I haven't taken any courses in medicine, but my roomy who is studying to become a doctor said she got a far few things out of the book as well :)