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Jeffrey

Herndon, Virginia, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (377)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "You definitely come away learning something new."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rabid to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was sufficient to learning the books material though I've yet to check the e-book for illustrations.


    What other book might you compare Rabid to and why?

    The Violinst's Thumb


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Using Rabies as a retrovirus that can cross the blood-brain barrier to cure disease was number to but the Milwaukee Protocol was definitely the best part!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but in as quick a time frame as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for my book club.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (222)

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    Traci says: "So much to think about!"
    "No option to hear the notes"
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    Where does The Violinist's Thumb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book's included contents is very good with the exception that it is abridged as the notes for this book were rather informative and their excise was a great loss.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul Kammerer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Epigenetics


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for that, but yeah, it'd have been nice.


    Any additional comments?

    I never had time to read the notes so I feel I missed something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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