Throwback Thursday Review: Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies

Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies audiobook cover. Scientific drawings of lungs, a skeleton, a heart, a foot, and other things surround the title "flesh and blood" highlighted in red. Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies by Stephen McGann.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 10 hrs 53 mins.

Deftly and compassionately narrated by Stephen McGann, Flesh and Blood charts his life and family history through a medical lens. Far from being clinical, it is the story of how medicine has shaped generations, and is in some ways a love letter to the NHS. As with any great love story, however, its flaws and failings are examined as candidly as its greatest successes.

As a fellow genealogist, I have often charted my own impact upon the world according to certificates signed or witnessed, and imagined how much future generations might be able to infer from the information they contain. Stephen articulated this sentiment beautifully.

I did find the last couple of chapters a little uncomfortable to listen to, as both of the main medical maladies he described his wife's intimacy with are equally familiar to me. He handled the subject delicately but honestly, though, and their gratitude was evident throughout.

Stephen McGann's voice was as engaging as his brother Paul's has proven to be in his work with Big Finish Productions, and he is a narrator I would gladly listen to again.

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