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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allegra Goodman Narrator: Jenna Stern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff’s rigorous colleague–and girlfriend–Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it. 

With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Goodman's characters and story are luxuriously imagined.... [She] meticulously charts the insidiousness of doubt, showing how it metastasizes. Newsday
  • Superb.... a delicate analysis of how an ethics scandal filters through the sensibility of brilliant and brilliantly realized characters. It's a tricky operation that Goodman performs with a precision of a scientist, and the flair of an artist at the top of her game. A. Entertainment Weekly
  • This is a story of love and science both gone wrong, and Goodman handles the narrative and its wide web of details with efficiency and grace, bringing a novelist's eye to bear on a realm too often ignored. O Magazine
  • Powerful.... [An] extremely engaging novel that reflects the stops and starts of the scientific process, as well as its dependence on the complicated individuals who do the work.... A truly humanist novel from the supposedly antiseptic halls of science. Publishers Weekly
  • This brilliant novel shows a world of labs and researchers which seems unfamiliar to some of us, yet it's a world intimately relevant to our existence—our fallibility and vulnerability. Page by page the story shimmers with insights into the subtlety and complexity of human psychology and relationships. Allegra Goodman writes like a master. Ha-Jin, National Book Award winning author of WAITING and WAR TRASH
  • "What a feat, to pull off a large story of science and politics in the here and now, with beautifully drawn and compelling characters, with all the large and small details of their lives. What a gift not to pass judgement on any of them, to love each character equally and fairly. The ending is perfection. Jane Hamilton, author of THE MAP OF THE WORLD and THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • Goodman’s interests—if not always her sympathies—lie with her all-too-human albeit brilliant creations....her portrayals of these scientists, in and out of their lab coats, are of the richest texture. These characters are only as beset by vanity, selfishness, egotism as the rest of us. But in the fiercely competitive, high-stakes world of cancer research, it’s enough for careers–and lives–to be destroyed. Vogue
  • “The best major American novel of the year so far The New York Sun
  • “Winningly original...In smartly unfolding scenes of scientific intrigue, political maneuvering, romance, and complex alliances, these memorably drawn characters play out their personal and professional dreams and deceptions. Goodman transports us in a fugue state of first-class storytelling from the bare-bones basement of the Philpott to the gleaming halls of Congress and back,Ébring[ing] us that much closer to the heart of the matter: what it means to be–merely, magnificently–human. Elle

    "Believe it or not, a thriller and a page-turner about scientific fraud. Brilliant.
  • There’s something of the breadth and generosity of a Victorian “three-decker” novel in the skill with which Goodman threads her ingenious plot through an ambitious mobilization of terse confrontations and detail-crammed scenes...Top-notch in every respect. A superlative novel. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/11/2014

    " This was a book group selection two years ago and I can't believe that I didn't write down my impressions now that I am reading another Allegra Goodman book. I do know that some of the people in our reading group did not like the book at all. For me, it rang true of academia. Which, looking in from the sidelines as I did, when I worked in academia, was a ruthless, competition cloaked in high-brow manners. This book understoood the competivness of academia and especially in the field of cancer research in a university research lab. Then their were the questions of loyalties to principles or relationships and where our integrity might lie. I found myself wondering what I would have done if my boyfriend turned out to be a faker in an area that I wouldn't have allowed faking. All that said, I can't remember too much about the book except that I thought it was very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Coralie | 2/6/2014

    " I just finished "Intuition" by Allegra Goodman. The book was all about what goes on in research labs. This lab was a cancer research lab. Things at the lab are going badly and everyone is discouraged until Cliff, one of the researchers, thinks he has made a groundbreaking discovery. This sets off a chain of events as the lab directors have to decide what to do with this information. When do they publish the results, how do they handle the resulting publicity? The story explores the politics, the egos, the lab procedures, the work environment, everything to do with research labs. One of the directors had three young adult daughters and the author even includes a subplot about how events in the lab impact their lives. Goodman did a good job of describing the negative and positive aspects of each character so that one didn't come out the "Good guy" and one the "Bad guy". You could see the wrong and right behind each characters decisions. I liked the young girls the best of any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trina | 1/29/2014

    " So-so story involving scientific research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deirdre | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent character development, but slow plot movement. Slowing up as I near the end. "

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