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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Goldacre Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781452675893
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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit?Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Great fun for science and statistics geeks, this is challenging in the best sense of the word.”

    Library Journal

  • Great fun for science and statistics geeks, this is challenging in the best sense of the word. Library Journal
  • “One of the best books I’ve ever read. It completely changed the way I saw the world. And I actually mean it.”

    Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist

  • “Narrator Jonathan Cowley’s British accent and ironic twist to his voice is perfectly suited to Dr. Goldacre’s Bad Medicine. One can easily picture him in a book-lined office going through his pile of notes or making a speech to appreciative crowds wearing a lab coat.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dansage | 2/9/2014

    " While the author proposes some interesting ideas and self studies to bunk common fads and fake claims made by advertisers, he does it in such a way to try and prove that others are idiots and less enlightened than himself. He spends an equal of time convincing you of his intellectual elitism as he does on the actual topics. The book was too negative for me and left me feeling cynical. The same material, while interesting, could have been presented in a more positive and enlightening way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Salfrán | 2/8/2014

    " Very amusing, surprising how people can be so stupid. Because of this book I'm a follower of Goldacre column and blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swardlaw | 2/3/2014

    " A really interesting book - but very hard going. Far too much self- justification and self-promotion. Which is a shame because it's an important topic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MC | 1/20/2014

    " I don't know how anyone can follow this book. I was really intrigued by the topic and hoped for a few ah-ha moments but after the brief digression about Kellog's theories on "self-abuse" I had to put it down. It was liked reading the first draft of a blog post: meandering, rant-filled and with unfinished thoughts (bringing up Vitamin C and claims of assisting the the immune system, then promptly dropping the topic). Unless you've completely forgotten everything from Psych 101 and biology, move on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 1/15/2014

    " Excellent book! I think everyone who has an interest in truly understanding what claims can and can't be made about research findings should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E.H. Walter | 1/13/2014

    " Although sometimes a little heavy on the science in places (and he does warn you in advance when this is going to feature) this is a very enjoyable and informative book written in a friendly and forthright style. I would go as far as to say this should be on your essential reading list as we all need to be armed against PRs and charlatans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissy | 1/10/2014

    " It took me a few chapters to get into this, but once I did, I was hooked. Gave me a lot to think about, particularly in evaluating information in textbooks and course materials I use. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/8/2014

    " A great book which has taught me absolutely loads about science and how the media covers it. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 12/12/2013

    " Hooked already - wonderful, amusing debunking of the "self-regarding, know-nothing orthodoxies of the middle classes". Not recommended for those who believe in toxins, homeopathy etc... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 12/8/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain Turnbull | 12/4/2013

    " Quite simply, this book should be required reading for all high school pupils. Goldacre is passionate about debunking bad science and irrational thinking wherever he can, but especially in the media. This book shows why one of the most important thing kids can be taught is critical thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/25/2013

    " A fun skeptical book written with a sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Glaisher | 5/15/2013

    " Fascinating and disturbing. Could have done with tighter editing and some re-writing, but highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 4/25/2013

    " Thank the gods for Ben Goldacre. But is anyone listening? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/7/2013

    " Best science book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 3/2/2013

    " If you've ever read science or health coverage in the media and thought you could detect the unmistakable scent of bullcrap, here is some reassurance that it's not just your imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Stanton | 8/5/2012

    " A book that opens up a problem that I did not even know existed. Dropped a star because the authors voice is too strident at times. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 7/22/2012

    " Ok, bit to many figures but good message "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 2/5/2012

    " A little out of date, but an awesome read. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the “Bad Science” column in the Guardian since 2003. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.