Vassar graduate, living in Mexico and retired.
Well written with an engaging style. This well researched story about viruses like ebola and others is alarming. Comic relief and pleasant narration make it a worthwhile nonfiction audiobook..
Life long compulsive reader; lover of good literary fiction and historical fiction. Quickly becoming a compulsive listener as well.
"Scarier than fiction". Ebola has been on the news lately and we are being told that with the recent return of two infected patients to the US it is the first time the virus is in the United States. If you read/listen to this book that made the best seller list more than a decade ago you will learn that this may not necessarily be true.
I found the fact that the events narrated in this book are real extremely compelling. Of course, the book was very well written and the story itself terrifying (the fact that the particular incident described here does not seem to be common knowledge makes it all the more frightening). The author made good use of the narrative about the event to educate the public on the ebola virus and specific CDC practices.
I found the narrator adequate.
This book made me scare
If the current Ebola epidemic in Africa has piqued your interest regarding this deadly virus I seriously recommend you read this book.
I kept waiting for the drama and suspense, but it never came. Believe a more suspenseful plot twist may help.
he was a good narrator, but couldn't improve the story line
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
This book definitely makes you think.... and makes you reach for a bottle of hand sanitizer.
In Section III, there's what I'd characterize as a "shady parking lot deal." It was at this point my jaw, in fact, dropped open. Specifically, realizing that the participants were all government employees, being written about in a book, and likely all still had their jobs!
The narration is fantastic. After completing the book, I not only looked for more books authored by Richard Preston, but also looked for more books narrated by Richard Davidson.
For people who love to read (to listen) about science or medicine, this is an amazing tale. The author does a great job of introducing the horror that is Ebola, taking us through the search for its origins, and then relates the unbelievable near miss that was the Reston Monkey House. The narration is solid. The only suggestion is a possible update that would need to be performed by the author for more recent events. Perhaps an anniversay edition??? The book is well worth one of your valuable credits.
Wash your hands!
Being scared to death, even in a space suit if you accidentally had a hole in your suit while dealing with a level four virus. If the virus contaminated you-your days are numbered.
Raw-real, frightening but true feeling.
The desire that outweighs the risk to conquer the virus and explore it.
I was shitting my pants the entire story
None that I've read were ever THIS scary
Huge fan of Davidson. I was yelling at the characters , NO!!, don't go in there, don't do that! He really makes you feel like you're there and then some.
That some strange zombie-like millions of years old virus existing in a state in between life and death is just waiting for you to come along to activate so it can melt your tissues. That's one helluva tidbit to pick up
Imagine having the job of killing 200 zombie monkeys.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
Something is out there. Something mysterious and elusive. Something we don’t understand. But it’s corporal enough so there is no reasonable doubt that’s its real.
I’ve been fascinated by inter-species viruses for about 15 years: AIDS, Hantavirus, Ebola, Flu, and others. I find myself reading most of the armature literature this topics. I have some sort of need to search for insights into the import but elusive things that are “out there”. But the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Alien Abduction, and the like are a little too speculative to hold my interest. The scientists in me demands a bit more proof, actually quite a bit more proof.
If you relate to what I’m saying, “The Hot Zone” could well be your top summer fun read.
On a personal note my wife is close with one of the top guys at USAMRAA and I moved into a building about a mile from the “Monkey House” features in the story about a year after the main incident. So I’d heard these events discussed at a distance for about 13 years, but I didn’t really understand until I read this book.
I ordered this book based on it's description and from the costumers reviews. I found both to be wrong. In the books description it states " Virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus."
This is in the very end of the book all the rest is a repetition of what the two main viruses can do to humans. Dont waste you time or credits!