I am a bilingual high school teacher. I mostly read non-fiction, especially history, but I am also a sucker for science-fiction and fantasy novels.
This book was excellent. It was detailed enough to interest someone who knew some about rabies beforehand, yet clearly presented so anyone could follow and understand it. It did have some gory details, but they weren't such a focus that the gross-out factor overshadowed the story. Although it is informative about a serious subject, it also does a good job of telling a series of stories. The development of the vaccine was a particularly great one, but the historical perspectives on cases and the modern medical story of the rabies survivor were also very interesting. I found the pop culture angle sort of thin, but the rest of it was much more substantial and engrossing.
There is something about the narrator that I don't like, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It may just be that he narrated another audiobook I didn't enjoy, but it wasn't exceptional.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys popular science writing, medical nonfiction, or social/cultural histories. It would appeal to a much larger audience than it may appear at first glance.
If you are into epidemiology and the history of human illnesses I am sure you will find this informative. The narrator is very good, but it took a couple of chapters before I acclimated to his vocal into nations,
Was a little disjointed in telling but a very good book. They cover so many stories and facts that it would be tough to have it be more organized. I learned so much and it was a great listen.
Too much literary and historical analysis on myth and disease in general. Connections drawn between rabies, werewolves and vampires very thin considering later explanations in the same book about a lack of understanding of the disease. I enjoyed the sections about Louis Pasteur and the science behind the growing understanding of bacteria and viruses. I would have preferred to read a book focusing more on Pasteur, science and modern cures and treatment.
It was well narrated.
I'm an avid audiobook listener since 2007. I prefer non-fiction but I also branch out to fiction from time to time.
Don't Get Bitten!
The story of the girl who beat the disease
I'm not really sure but the narrator was perfectly good.
Just such a neat history of the disease.
The book is very predictable. It goes between bashing dogs, to how some horror story might have been rabies, then back to dogs, then on to some author who might have been influenced by rabies, and so on. There are a few rare moments where some useful information is given but they are far and few. You will probably lean more about rabies from Wikipedia than this book. --In short this is best described as a bad PHd thesis, which might have been ok if it were entertaining.
From a performance perspective, the reader drones on.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
For me about half of the book was enjoyable... the parts here and there that actually dealt with rabies were wonderful. However, the extensive "Cultural History" portions where even the vaguest possibility of literature being associated to rabies was explored drove me nuts... and be warned the literature review will cover from medieval times to modern Zombie movies. Wish they weren't so intermingled, but one is forced to listen to all to hear the good parts.
Interesting topic... more about the human-animal relationship in myth, culture and disease. However, this was somewhat hampered by the narration, which was too theatrical and sensationalized. It sounded like the narration of a somewhat cheesy mystery novel.
I am reminded of Simon Winchester. It is like an assembly of the foot notes that populate the Winchester books. That is a matter of personal taste. If you read and enjoyed those dense footnotes, you will love this.
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.