• Transformer

  • The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death
  • By: Nick Lane
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $20.99

Buy for $20.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

For decades, biology has been dominated by the study of genetic information. Information is important, but it is only part of what makes us alive. Our inheritance also includes our living metabolic network, a flame passed from generation to generation, right back to the origin of life. In Transformer, biochemist Nick Lane reveals a scientific renaissance that is hiding in plain sight-how the same simple chemistry gives rise to life and causes our demise.

Lane is among the vanguard of researchers asking why the Krebs cycle, the "perfect circle" at the heart of metabolism, remains so elusive more than eighty years after its discovery. Transformer is Lane's voyage, as a biochemist, to find the inner meaning of the Krebs cycle-why it is still spinning at the heart of life and death today.

Transformer unites the story of our planet with the story of our cells-what makes us the way we are, and how it connects us to the origin of life. Enlivened by Lane's talent for distilling and humanizing complex research, Transformer is a must-listen for anyone fascinated by biology's great mysteries. Life is at root a chemical phenomenon: this is its deep logic.

©2022 Nick Lane (P)2022 Tantor

What listeners say about Transformer

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    26
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Like his other books, superb

If you like biochemistry and metabolism, this is the book for you. Once you go deep in Krebs cycle you can not unsee it. Highly recommend book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book - Bad Reading

Nick Lane’s work is fascinating and insightful, but the reader’s performance makes listening to the book difficult. Instead of reading naturally, he halts on every other word. These interruptions make the audible version of the book unlistenable for me. It’s possible this reading style works well for others, but be forewarned that listening may not be a comfortable experience.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

You need lot of chemistry to get it

The book introduces interesting concepts that a general reader can get - how the elements of life may have come together at deep sea vents, how cancer works and the basis of the ageing process, among others. However, most to the book was one biochemical process after another. My knowledge of chemistry is basic and organic chemistry minute. I was completely unable to follow most of it and just let the audiobook wash over me. I probably would have given this five stars if I had the education to follow all the technical discussion.

.