This book goes into wonderful detail about the history rabies and is one of the best researched books on all its historical parts. It talks of Man's relationship with dogs, and how rabies played such a significant roll. It continues to explore the development of the vaccine, which reaches out into the invention of vaccines in general. It's well paced and packed with very interesting tidbits along the way. Ever wonder where the phrase "Hair of the dog that bit you" came from, you'll find that answer and much more in this wonderful book. I would have liked a better examination into the symptoms of this disease and specifics on how it affects the brain.
I highly recommend this for anyone with even a mild curiosity in zombies, werewolves, and the bond between man and beast. It's a great book for those who are fascinated by both modern day, and our humanities past.
The first few chapters of this book were a bit disconnected from the rest of the story. I almost stopped reading. However, I am glad that I stuck in there, because the book did get interesting. Not sure that I would recommend unless you really love this genre.
What an excellent, informative book, told in an interesting way. The authors made this subject quite interesting. I particularly liked the description of how the public's perception of rabies influenced the creation of creatures such as werewolves and vampires. And who knew that rabies symptoms include hydrophobia (fear of water) and hyper sexuality in men (they can ejaculate more than 20 times per day at the end of the course of rabies). The parts about Pasteur's creation of the vaccine and the various medical theories of rabies over the years was fascinating. Overall it was a well told and well narrated book, with just a few sections that I thought dragged on a little.
Both the audio and print version are great, Rabid is one of those books that you want to switch back and forth
The the disease has had on the world.
He is easy to listen to, yet makes the reading exciting
Rabies has been with us so long, the history of how is spread and the damage the disease can do is enlightens.
I am obsessed with learning. Either about history of society, epidemiology or spirituality. I would say I'm a seeker.
It told the story surrounding Rabies not just the disease itself. It had so many interesting details that weren't necessarily directly about rabies itself but was interwoven into the life, environment and people affected by rabies. It was a "full" story, not flat or one dimensional.
It gave me the full picture of rabies and the time in which rabies thrived.
Bringing back into memory the full horror and impact of rabies.
A fantastic read that left me wanting more. I was really impressed that it didn't just tell me about the disease it told me about the time and life around it. It reminded me so many things I had forgotten or overlooked about the massive impact rabies had. It also brought us into modern times with rabies and what that looks like today. It really was a full and well rounded account of the disease that was colorful and rich. At no point was this boring and tedious. It was a great account, a scientific account but with all the flavor to make it palatable to any reader. Would recommend!
The book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus is a very difficult "listen." First, the examples of "cures" that were practiced prior to Lister become tedious. I certainly did not feel a need to delve so deeply into the arena of error. The theories of the causes were interesting enough, but the book really does not pick up speed until Lister enters with his life transforming work.
I found it interesting that Lister ran into the same problems as proponents of modern vaccines do today. It's hard to pit science against politics today - and it was in Lister's time as well. That is an interesting historical perspective.
I must say, however, that I found the narrator to be very annoying. He pronounces words well - and seems to adopt various accents well, but his vocal quality is tiring and his interpretation of the sentences is so incongruous as to leave one wondering what the purpose of some of the sentences would have been.
I think this would have been a better "read" than "listen."
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
"Rabid" starts off with a bang. There are scintillating tidbits of information, swift pacing, and even an instance of rabies being in one of the first jokes, told thousands of years ago (And the reader says, "Stop me if you've heard this one." He follows up with, "It's funnier in the original language." Hilarious!) There's quite a number of anecdotes, plenty of great stories about Louis Pasteur and how his group struggled to get saliva from animals in active states of rabies, just some wonderful stuff.
But it starts to struggle during the middle, and I was downright bored at one point. That point would be when the authors go off on a huge, and practically ridiculous tangent about vampires. I mean, really? Okay, I kind of get it: vampire bats, the belief that people bitten turned into creatures entirely unlike themselves, etc. But it is a stretch and a half, and it's downright annoying when the Twilight series is brought up. Oh, how "groovy."
What makes this book so enjoyable, however, once you get past that chapter, is Heller's spectacular narration. He adds so much to the reading: humor, breathlessness, passion, and about every other delightful emotion one could think of that would make this a great and engaging listen.
Not quite four-stars, but with the narration, very close. I'm glad I got it. Just hearing that Emily Bronte was bitten by a rabid dog and brought a red hot poker to cauterize her own flesh was worth the time spent, as there's plenty more in the book where that came from.
I make my living from the human relationship with dogs. As part of that living, I ensure each canine companion in my care has a current rabies vaccination. Little did I appreciate the rich history of the disease and just how essential that vaccination was to allow our relationship with these critters to develop.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I was looking forward to learning all about the fascinating history of rabies and it's effect on man and beast throughout history. The book contains tons of factual and anecdotal information (some of it gruesome which is right up my alley) - it should've been a hit for me but I didn't enjoy it so I can't bring myself to give it more than 2 stars. It's not the authors' fault; the narrator's vocal tone made it hard for me to concentrate on the story and I found myself trying to get through it in small bites to avoid the irritation. It may just be a personal thing with me - so listen to the free sample and if the narration doesn't bother you after a few minutes then go for it - the content is fine.