Having no experience in the vaccine development or medical field, I found this an interesting insight into both the profession and the politics, as well as the explorers who carry both out. The characters were drawn thoroughly and yet still left room for surprise and growth. Hope Davis' reading was excellent. I also found the two main settings, cold Minnesota and steamy Amazon, to be a fascinating mix. I haven't done any of my own research to see if the tribes and flora and fauna Patchett described bear any relation to reality, but they were certainly convincing, in a visceral way. I enjoyed it very much.
My daughter and I listened to it together for a college assignment she had. I was surprised to find Ms. Morrison's reading so unengaging, and badly paced. But I did like her characters and the evolution of the story. It was very insightful, and rather painful, to listen to. I hope to read the print version someday, I think I would like it better.
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