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The Hot Zone Audiobook

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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    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
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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!

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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 02-11-15
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 02-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    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.

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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.

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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 12-22-14
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 12-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!

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    "Even scarier with the recent Ebola breakout!"

    Wow! I thought there was going to be a worldwide epidemic with the recent ebola breakout. Listening to this book, it seems all but certain. Not a matter of if, but when. It absolutely fascinating how a strain of ebola broke out right near Washington D.C. in a group of monkeys and yet never infected a single human being. Or did it? That's part of the story that leaves you wondering if this deadly virus is only lying in wait.
    Listen to this book. Period!

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    julia 11-23-14
    julia 11-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Bone chilling and humbling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is an excellent book about the Malburg/Ebola virus. Truly eye opening and relevant to this day. Richard M. Davidson has the perfect voice to tell you about the horrors of this virus!


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret this purchase. If you do buy the audiobook, I do not recommend reading it while you eat or right before bed!!

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    Wordgrrl 11-01-14
    Wordgrrl 11-01-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Needs updating"
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    I've been meaning to read this book for a while and now with Ebola saturating the news I finally did. I think it's a good book for the time that it was written but so much has happened since that it is in serious need of updating. If you are interested in previous outbreaks, go ahead and listen to this book but with the understanding that the science is outdated. If you want to learn more about ebola and what is currently known about it, look elsewhere. Nearly half this book is about the outbreak of ebola in monkeys in Reston, VA, and the take away seems to be that ebola is airborne, which goes against everything health experts are saying now. The book does not make it absolutely clear that the Reston ebola strain is different from ebola Zaire and ones comes away from the book thinking that ebola strains that are pathogenic in humans must be just a tiny mutation away from becoming airborne. This is not the case. I also found the narrator a bit too macho and pumped up. The author wrote a nice piece for the New Yorker on the current epidemic in West Africa so if he ever updates this book, I'd definitely read it.

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    Julia 11-01-14
    Julia 11-01-14 Member Since 2015

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "Ebola? Worried? Worry no more."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Zone to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, without doubt a positive YES. When you listen to it on your own your imagination conjures up all sorts of nightmares however Richard Davidson's stellar performance is calming and brings the listener back to reality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The enemy, the virus itself. You can't see, hear or touch it. That is the worst enemy of all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when the staff had to show compassion when euthanizing the monkeys. Having to do their duty but still retaining their compassion and humanity.


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

    It has happened on other Continents. It WILL happen here......


    Any additional comments?

    Beautify read and performed. With this new threat on our shores this is a 'MUST READ/LISTEN' at this time as knowledge is power. People are only scared at this time because they have insufficiency information.

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