If the narrator could have been way less dramatic and the author would not have talked about the entire life history if EVERY single researcher or scientist.
Way too dramatic and slow. It was like he was reading Shakespeare.
The entire first half if the book. I would have left out all the info on the researchers lives and just focused on the actual influenza outbreak.
What a fascinating look at the history of medicine and medical practice in America. The tale of the spread of disease and the blow by blow experience was harrowing. Well worth a listen.
The realization of how easily this traveled
Just the story...
Faster than you think...
Makes you think just how easily things can still be spread...
The story of the "Great Influenza" is an important one, and this book attempts to tell it well. Unfortunately, it is about 30% too long for the source material used, and the narrator reads every sentence as if it were the last line of an epic poem. More information about the plague around the world would have helped, as well as less influence on certain of the scientists who contributed little. The author sermonizes too much, and the narrator's style exacerbates this tendency. I enjoyed it most of the time, but often wished it were shorter.
Truly one of my best reads in years. I found myself repeating sections of the book, just because they were that good.
I'd like both, please! As a writer of notes in the margin, I would love a paper copy to add to the audio version. The Audible technology does not easily adapt to notes and markers and I hope to see upgrades that improve this aspect.
History of a killer in our midst - influenza. Although I had heard that it killed many people in 1917-1920, I did not know the story, nor did I recognize the pandemic - lives were lost world-wide. Further, the importance for the present decade was not strongly apparent until the end of this book.
This would be a great book for a book club or group studying organizational design. The politics of information and communication, and governmental/political power...the horror of mass death and family/town impact....the idea of infection control and social contact in every day activities...each of these themes could be followed with illustrations from this book.
This is not a book of scenes. But the life stories of scientists studying the source and progress of influenza was absorbing.
No - I listened and re-listened in chunks. Lots to comprehend!
An amazing piece. While I doubt my book club would find it entertaining, I would embrace the idea of having others to chat with about the message of this book.
Please read this book and tell all your friends and family to read this book. This book, at least the middle third, should be mandatory for all HS Seniors! The book is outstanding!!! Lets hope we do better next time.
I love history and enjoy reading different books about the past. I like to joke that I have read many books about the outcome at Gettysburg, but no matter how many I read the outcome remains the same! I do find it interesting and fascinating to get different takes and outlooks on the same events.
The writer did not simply confine his story to the influenza outbreak alone. Instead he made an effort to capture the time, and an outstanding effort it was.
That the writer went to exceptional detail in describing the impact of the outbreak on the members of the Woodrow Wilson administration during the Versailles Peace Talks. This was very interesting to me.
It was outstanding.
The description of the impact of the outbreak on local and city governments. How the outbreak was dealt with at the local level was an extraordinary tale.
Listen to his book. Well performed and extremely well researched and written.
I can do other things while I listen. Mostly I listen to books on long road trips.
I liked the reader. He was quick, clear and read as if he were talking to me.
It scared me because there is a possibility of a pandemic even today and we would be faced with the same difficulties.
Everyone interested in medical science and its clinical applications should read this book to see how far we haven't come.
I was fascinated by the scientists who devoted themselves to finding a vaccine, the desperation with which they pursued all avenues. And, the ignorance of people who continued to spread the disease after being told to stay home, away from crowds, etc.