I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong audiobook

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

By Ed Yong
Read by Charlie Anson

Ecco, HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062368591


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781504734486

  • ISBN: 9781504734479

  • ISBN: 9781504734493

Runtime: 9.87 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books

A London Guardian Best Book of the Year

An Economist Best Book of the Year

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of the Year's Best Books

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

New York Times Bestseller

New York Times Notable Book of 2016

NPR Great Read of 2016

Economist Best Books of 2016

Brain Pickings Best Science Books of 2016

Smithsonian Best Books about Science of 2016

Science Friday Best Science Book of 2016

A Mother Jones Notable Read of 2016

A Bill Gates “Gates Notes” Pick

MPR Best Books of 2016

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of 2016

Minnesota Star-Tribune Best of the Year

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

A PW Best Book of the Year

Guardian Best of the Year

Times (London) Best of the Year

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Offer[s] engrossing—and gross—details about how an invisible world shapes our species...And he’s funny.” Wall Street Journal
“An excellent, vivid introduction to the all-enveloping realm of our secret sharers.” New York Times Book Review
“A delightful, witty book.” Science
“Weaves revelatory anecdotes and cutting-edge reporting into an elegant, illuminating page-turner.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Excels at objectively navigating the large body of research related to the microbiome without overselling its curative potential or sacrificing any of the deliciously icky details.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Yong makes a superb case for his position by interviewing numerous scientists and presenting their fascinating work in an accessible and persuasive fashion.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Narrator Charlie Anson brings out the dry humor in British science journalist Ed Yong’s fascinating and accessible treatise.” AudioFile




Author Bio: Ed Yong

Author Bio: Ed Yong

Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer on the staff of The Atlantic, where he also won the George Polk Award for science reporting, among other honors. His first book, I Contain Multitudes, was a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Scientific American, and more.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 9.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English