Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive Audiobook, by Philipp Dettmer Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Philipp Dettmer Narrator: Steve Taylor Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593416310

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A deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell

You wake up and feel a tickle in your throat. Your head hurts. You’re mildly annoyed as you get the kids ready for school and dress for work yourself. Meanwhile, an epic war is being fought, just below your skin. Millions are fighting and dying for you to be able to complain as you head out the door.

But most of us never really stop to ask: What even is our immune system?

Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.

Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.

Enlivened by immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects—immunology—into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.

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  • “An immersive primer on immunology…Full of facts and fun, this survey is sure to entertain.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This book makes the topic comprehensible with informal language and metaphors that compare scientific processes to everyday life…Essential reading, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    - Library Journal
  • “Immune is science communication at its most lucid and exhilarating, a tour de force of demystification.”

    - Ann Druyan, author of Cosmos


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2021

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About the Narrator

Steve Taylor is a voice actor and narrator from the United Kingdom. His works include the narration for the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book Immune by Philipp Detmer.