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The Hot Zone Audiobook
The Hot Zone
Written by: 
Richard Preston
Narrated by: 
Richard M. Davidson
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The Hot Zone Audiobook

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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Publisher's Summary

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus.

The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

©1999 Richard Preston (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 06-14-15
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2015

    World Champion Parallel Parker

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    "Well Done"

    For a story without a cataclysmic event or ending, the author kept me interested. The level of detail and description of characters was just right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 06-13-15
    Tyler 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling with a touch of redundancy"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The clinical signs and symptoms of the disease was horrifically enthralling. Listening to it was like listening to a fictional story. However, the threat of an outbreak in Washington was too long and the fear of an outbreak became redundant. It seemed like every new section had a new tear in someone's suit, or a new needle. It was extremely fascinating, but went on too long.


    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    His performance was great. He spoke clearly and was easy to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    choice 05-22-15
    choice 05-22-15
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    "Interesting book!"

    it was exciting throughout the whole book and really kept me intrigued which is hard to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bella 04-17-15
    Bella 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderfully written, very nice reading"

    loved every minute of it! Preston gives a scary real picture of viruses and the narrator does a lovely job! would absolutely recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rohn 04-09-15
    Rohn 04-09-15
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    "Good Book"
    What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

    This book will scare the HELL out of you . I am not one that scares easy, but this will do it.


    Any additional comments?

    The world we live in today, Bio-hazard is a real threat. This book will make you think about how bad this could be

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Politick 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nail-biting and informative"

    Enjoyed the delivery. Will be looking for more books like it. Recommended for those who enjoy a nonfiction books that will keep you thrilled

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 03-26-15
    Denise 03-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely BEST Non-fiction Story EVER!"

    First heard this book on cassette while driving down to Florida from New York. It was So Exciting, my brother and I, when we stopped for meals, brought the food into the car so we could quickly return to "The Hot Zone." Two years later, I bought the soft-cover book, which I read a few times, and finally I have this phenomenal book on my "Audible" app on my iPad. After many readings and even more listenings, I cannot rate Richard Preston's writing any higher!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim in Omaha 03-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional book! I did not want to stop. "

    Might be too graphic for some as it is very desciptive in describing death from gruesome deseases. But i felt it was all needed to convey how serious this is. I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish i loved the ride!! It immerses you completely in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 12-17-13
    Jan 12-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Melodramatic ebola overkill - poorly done"

    My favorite books usually have a medical twist, and I own a full shelve of plague books... but unlike most readers on Audible I didn't really care for this one. The reader repeatedly slaughtered pronunciations and so much drama in his voice. Then the writer seemed intent on showing you the most possible gore from a breakout. Then lots of buildup.... wait for it, wait for it.... a possible exposure of a main character... that doesn't happen. Then he dumps that breakout with no review to numbers involved and how it was stopped and fast forwards into the next near exposure and after that great build up.... nothing happens. To be honest I don't regret reading "The Hot Zone," there was some very interesting information... it just could have been presented so much better.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-03-13
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Couldn't Even Get Through It"
    What disappointed you about The Hot Zone?

    The story was about as dry as an old saltine cracker. It went around and around in circles getting nowhere. By half way through the story I finally gave up. Poorly written, poorly read. Too bad, the concept was a good one.


    Has The Hot Zone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Delivery could have been done with more verbal alacrity and interest, but there was only so much they could do with a poorly written book,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. A "Come ON, get ON with it will you?" "Where's this story going?"


    Any additional comments?

    Uh, no.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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