For ewhat ever reason, I chose this book as my first ever audio book. What a way to start. For a guy who loves watching Discovery, this book was kind of like that.
Losts of medical / science talk, but told in away to be very understanding. I was never lost.
The story shared some great insite into historical events, and gives you a very good insider story into today's disease control.
I was never bored, the reader is easy to listen to.
Interesting and informative. Don't recommend for long listening periods--could get a little dry and boring (don't want you falling asleep at the wheel). Good for short bursts of listening--like waiting for someone or city driving. Good info.
Great story! I read this long before the SARS or anthrax event. This story is even more compelling in light of those tragedies. Good choice!
the reader seems to have a lack of dexterity of the tip of her tongue which is distracting and sometimes hard to de-code over road noise. She is not able to annunciate words with a hard consonant and often slurs them into the next word or abbreviates them. We did enjoy the book anyway, it’s the story of influenza research from pre 1800’s to now. It could have been a lot better with another narrator.the reader seems to have a lack of dexterity of the tip of her tounge which is distracting.
I have to agree with other reviewers that the author's lisp made it sometimes difficult to understand. But once I got used to it, I didn't notice it. I found the story enthralling but then I tend to like most medical mysteries, fact or fiction. I didn't know a lot about the 1918 flu and found the topic very, very interesting. While this definitely is not a comedy, I found myself laughing at the comparison of the two "expeditions" to obtain tissue samples. A guy with a shovel and two strong helpers, and a million dollar expedition with 2 tons of equipment, dozens of journalists and hazmat suits that took years to plan. The latter, of course, receiving federal funding. Also the description of the outcome of the expensive expedition as not being a failure was classic spin! I suggest you listen to the sample of the book and see if the narrator's speech will be too distracting to you before buying. If it won't, this is a great book. I will probably listen to it again. If you have listened to "Hot Zone" and liked it, you will like this one.
This is a great book, entertaining as well as informative. It covers the very real tragic episode of the 1918 influenza. Told in stories of individuals and the famlies. It goes on to explain some recent scares and why there was so much concern. There is a great story of the quest for the virus that caused the 1918 episode, found only recently. Loved it. I highly recommend the book for it's contents but the narrartor is terrible.
Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.
While I have no doubt that the entire audiobook is absorbing, I just could not finish listening to it all, as the narration is very bad. I find myself losing my place constantly while I try to figure out what the narrator is saying, and Ive lost patience with the whole thing. This is most unfortunate, and perhaps I will try again sometime, but time and life is short, and I have many other better-narrated audiobooks to listen to.
Sometimes real life is more scary than fiction.
In this book, Gina Kolata describes the events around 1918 Influenza pandemic and the colossal effort scients delivered to trace back the possible origins of the virus, uncover its lethal genetic structure and prepare humanity for a probable come back.
Description of the carnage in the hospitals and army bases caused by the disease.
Emphasis on the descriptive information - how the disease impacted ordinary people.
Silent infectious holocaust.
This book was a great
Online Grad Student, I prefer audiobooks to bound books. Preferences: history, disasters, Preston/Child, Lee Child
Great look at the efforts by scientists throughout the 20th century to find the virus that caused the pandemic and is especially effective in exposing the problems scientists face from the media and the scientific establishment. This is not an audiobook that details how the disease affected the population, but more about ways to prevent it from recurring, and discovering its precedents.
My only critique is that no author should ever narrate his or her work. That is the job of a professional actor. The author, Gina Kolata, is no such actor. She narrates her own story with flat inflection and with a slight lisp. Nevertheless, the story is gripping for anyone interested in the science of the infection.