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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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    Nic M. 05-23-16
    Nic M. 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book.... Plenty of Curse Words!"

    It was a great book.... Just wish we could bleep out swear words... I recommend this book.

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    Thomas 05-19-16
    Thomas 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrifying and pertinent information for today."

    The final lines of this book are haunting. Especially when fairly recent events pertaining to ebola are taken into consideration.

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    rbeal 04-26-16
    rbeal 04-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "freaky"

    well this book is a little too realistic for me. the fact that all of this is real is troubling and maybe this Earth really is malicious and out to get us

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    brittany 03-23-16
    brittany 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "such a great book"

    it was so educational and scary and I actually really loved it even tho it was a biology assignment

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    Liz Andrews Littleton, CO, USA 09-16-15
    Liz Andrews Littleton, CO, USA 09-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great science adventure!"

    This is an awesome, true, scientific, adventure that is splendidly narrated! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heavy scientific adventure!

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    reenzz 02-18-15
    reenzz 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    This is an interesting subject and book. I thought it we a little too repetitive at times. The treatment of the monkeys is very hard to listen too. It is terrible what we do to them. This was news to me. There has robe a better way to benefit science.

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    Michael L. Bowe-Rahming 02-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Captures and holds your attention!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Zone to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was good for me because it helped me complete the book in a timely manner without having to keep track of the print version. After using the audio version, I purchased the written!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was real-world people and situations...not an embellishment of the truth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discovery of the virus in the caves in Africa.


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

    If I could have, I would have...!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line and really got my interest peaked in the study of Virology!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 02-11-15
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 02-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "unnecessary details"

    I enjoyed the story but there is a lot of unimportant detail included. it has absolutely no relevance to the story and, in my opinion, it doesn't fit into the narration.
    After a few parts where I thought it would bring some explanation (that would later turn out to be important), I learnt to ignore it and skipped ahead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Drago 02-03-15
    Gail Drago 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A killer among us...."

    Mr. Preston succeeded in grabbing my interest, quite a feat considering I was never a science student. Thanks to his ability to tell a lively story complete with colorful characters and exotic settings, he taught me that science does not have to be boring. Rather, he opened my eyes to the fact that the study of nature's living, mutating organisms may very well save the human race. As for the scientists, medical doctors, nurses, and the nuns who lost their own lives in the effort to save patients, they are our true heroes.

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    Robert 01-02-15
    Robert 01-02-15
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    "Needless detail"
    What disappointed you about The Hot Zone?

    SPOILERS!! There were basically two stories that were covered by Richard Preston in The Hot Zone: The first recounted the events of the first Ebola outbreak in Zaire and the second covered the Reston monkey house incident. The audio book was 11 hours long so as a consequence the book was festooned with amazingly small and needless details about characters' personal lives like the pets they owned, how the pets acted, and the pets' relationships with their owners and how the owner came to own said pets, etc. It made parts of the book remarkably boring. It was really the detail that slowed this down for me. The first story was of perfect length and it had all the elements of a captivating story but the Reston monkey house porting was plain too much. You can miss huge portions of the story and come to exactly the same conclusion.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Preston? Why or why not?

    I don't think that I would ever try Richard Preston Audiobook again. Maybe if it was shorter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think that the narrator could pronounce blood differently. It's spoken with an "ah" sound instead of a "u" sound. It's probably the most frequent word in the book so it got under my skin. I'm being extremely picky though. Other than that, it wasn't bad but I didn't find it exceptional in any way.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was an average book though parts of it were quite entrancing and well written. This is where the detail becomes useful; at the moment of an event.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that this is worth it. If you're like me and interested in working with pathogens, this might be a worthwhile time commitment. It gives a lot of detail into the day-to-day of a pathologist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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