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Joanne

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  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Fascinating science; disappointing narration."
    Overall

    I ordered this book in spite of other reviewers' warnings about the "mushy" reading by the author, determined to remain objective. The story of the 1918 flu and its relationship to modern flu viruses is fascinating and important, as is the drama of competing scientists' investigations. The mystery is particularly interesting in light of recent dna discoveries about bird flu, now extant and threatening. As others mentioned, I was disappointed in the narrator's apparent lisp and also her tendency to over-dramatize facts and circumstances which are rivoting on their own. Still, I am glad I stuck with the book to the end. Having worked years ago for a scientist in a competitive university department, I appreciate how individual personalities, passions, and foibles can drive scientific efforts. For someone sufficiently interested in the subject, the narration problems can be endured.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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