I downloaded this fascinating book, which I started in paperback on a plane, so I could finish reading it on my daily autocommute. Unfortunately, Kolata's nasal voice and flat affect do not do justice to the riveting true horror-story and history lesson that her well-researched and eminently readable book otherwise provide.
I am currently listening to this book and am enjoying it, except the narrator's voice (she is also the author) is grating on me. Maybe it's just me, so don't avoid this book, because it's very compelling, in light of what's going on in the world right now (Nov 2009). Fascinating content, well researched.
I found this an interesting tale, both in the historical context of the 1918 pandemic, as well as the subsequent attempts up to the 1990s to figure out what made the virus so deadly. Being 9-10 years old now, the audiobook leaves the story hanging, but a quick search on the web will bring the listener up to date. Interestingly, a "less likely" hypothesis mentioned in the last few minutes of the audiobook about the cause of the 1918 virus's virulence in young adults has been recently shown to be the true in relation to the current 2009 pandemic, which I found fascinating.
The narrator is bearable, only because of the interesting content, but really a professional reader should have been used.
As a medical professional, I was fasinated by this story. The story was sobering especially as we may be facing a similar panepidemic. I think the author provided excellent detail and good explainations. I enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend it. The reader was very good. Although there may have been a slight list, it didn't detract at all from the experience.
This work is quite facinating. Anyone interested in emerging diseases will enjoy it. The opening sequences describing the
death and destruction were very dramatic and attention grabbing. I would also recommend "Demon in the Freezer" if you
liked this work.
This is a very interesting book from all aspects. Great documentation of history and the people involved, from the victims to the scientists.
good topic, bad reader. Sorry Gina, between poor diction and your slight speech impediment, you mess up your otherwise interesting book. Mumbled speech in audio media is like smudged type in a book....not OK. I would read this, not listen to it.
I thought the book was quite interesting. It developed the 1918 flu and others in a way that tied the human events with the history of the times and the science of the flu. A good explanation to help people understand the Bird Flu currently in the news.
Excellent reading. Shakes up our complacency vis-a-vis disease.
Comes up with a couple of novel and thought-provoking explanations for why the 1918 flu spared children & old people, attacking mainly young aduts.