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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story | [Richard Preston]

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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.
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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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    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-21-13
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I am the Evil Mama

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    "Nonfiction thriller, to say the least!"

    I found myself waiting with baited breath for each chapter...Very well written and I would recommend it to everyone.

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    Tiffany FENTON, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Tiffany FENTON, MI, United States 03-28-13
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    "Excellent book! Good narrator, bad pronunciation"
    What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

    Amazing book. This is probably the 7th time I've read the novel and decided to go with an audible version. It's a nail biter, historical narrative and science lesson wrapped into one. Very impressed.


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

    This narrator does a fantastic job setting up this book. Felt like I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Only problem -- the narrator mispronounces a handful of scientific terms in his performance (etc. Ketamine, pseudomonas). Distracting when it happens, but the narrator really is very talented otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wil 11-23-12
    Wil 11-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Retired from the U.S. Air Force and the Boeing Company. My interests lie mainly with Non-Fiction.

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    "Positively riveting."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's one of the best I've purchased. Richard Preston had quite a story to tell and handled it brilliantly. Truly outstanding ! ! ! !


    Have you listened to any of Richard M. Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The truth can be even scarier than fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Davidson's narration was stellar as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gallegos Rio Rancho, NM, USA 10-03-12
    K. Gallegos Rio Rancho, NM, USA 10-03-12
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Hot Zone again? Why?

    I was able to learn quite a bit with this book.


    What other book might you compare The Hot Zone to and why?

    The Viral Storm
    Whiteout


    Which character – as performed by Richard M. Davidson – was your favorite?

    Nancy Jaax


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Facts about Kitum Cave


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    Jaime Engdahl 09-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Hot Zone is great, read it today!"
    What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

    The descriptions of Ebola outbreaks were described in vivid detail. ...and it's true!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Zone?

    The travels of our first victim to the hospital, and the emergency room scene when he arrives.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Monkeys get very nervous when they see a human in a space suit.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination between Preston's humor and Davidson's lively narration brings this book alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gdub85 Mission, KS, United States 07-24-12
    gdub85 Mission, KS, United States 07-24-12
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    "Have a strong stomach"

    My advice when considering this book: only get it if you can stomach hearing diseased body parts being compared to food. Salami? Apparently looks like a diseased spleen. And an Ebola victim's diseased liver was compared to pudding. I'm usually OK, but it was a bit much for me.

    Other than the food comparisons, this was a good book with an interesting and somewhat scary story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12

    Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

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    "Medically, and generally, fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a medical student and I was about to begin my block of study on immunology and infection, so I thought this would be a fun way to get myself into the mindset. This audiobook was a blast! I listened to it on a road-trip with one of my classmates and we were on the edge of our seats the whole way!

    And, the whole book was written in a way that was accesible to people without a science/medical background, so I think I would've loved it either way.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I never missed a single question on Ebola viruses on any of my quizzes or tests in medical school because of this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Prineville, OR, United States 03-10-12
    William Prineville, OR, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2005

    Skeptic AstroImager

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    "Scary Business"
    If you could sum up The Hot Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Scary and real.


    Any additional comments?

    For someone with training in biology, it was maybe a bit too simplified but overall it was very good.

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    Anthony MANASSAS, VA, United States 01-14-12
    Anthony MANASSAS, VA, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A study of Ebola inside a great story!"
    If you could sum up The Hot Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, informative, gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about the Ebola Virus while giving a face and personality to both its victims and its pursuers, which made the story aspect informative and compelling at the same time.


    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was great in both the dialogue and inner thoughts of the witnesses and the informative parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I live a few miles from Reston Virginia and I have been looking for a book that gave insight into what happened rather than just skimming on the details. The author through various witness accounts paints the story from the eyes of the people who were there inside that building and what they felt at the time which made the biggest difference.


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    Pam Minier 12-10-11
    Pam Minier 12-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A Fascinating Account of the Microscopic World"
    Would you listen to The Hot Zone again? Why?

    Most people only think about airborne pathogens in terms of the common cold. This book highlights the vulnerability of all the world's citizens and gives an in-depth look at how viruses are identified and contained. The author delineated the individual fears and personalities of the people involved, as well as the laborious efforts to contain a world-wide disaster. Mesmerizing from start to finish!


    Which character ??? as performed by Richard M. Davidson ??? was your favorite?

    Nancy Jacks, a woman who balanced family and work, was my favorite character. She is a brilliant woman who does a good job at making it all work. Her decisions are not always easy.


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

    I looked forward to my commute as an opportunity to continue with the narrative. Besides being entertaining, the book was a learning experience.


    Any additional comments?

    A real-life whodunnit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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