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The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance | [Laurie Garrett]

The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment, and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.

©1995 Laurie Garrett; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Medical journalist Garrett presents a history of epidemiology in a format that is educational, moving, and terrifying. She skillfully illustrates the role of ecology, politics, and economics in worldwide healthcare and uses numerous examples to emphasize the need for a global perspective in the management of disease....An extremely readable style and exhaustive notes make this fascinating reading for general readers and scholars alike." (Library Journal)

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    Amazon Customer WA 06-30-11
    Amazon Customer WA 06-30-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Pronounciation is the key!"

    I am listening to the audiobook, "The Coming Plague" and I am only on part 1...but since I used to be a nurse, I love the medical part and so far it is pretty good.

    My complaint is that I wish these narrators would learn how to pronounce words correctly...especially when dealing with medical terminology and cities/countries/states.

    It's Sierra Leone (lee-ohn)...the e is silent. And it's not Abola...it's EbOla...there is no A..the E and the O are the stong letters. Come on narrators...get it right! Screwing it up, does NOT add to the book!

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-13-13
    Spencer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2005

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    Any additional comments?

    From what I gather there is more than one acceptable way to pronounce "Ebola." But that aside, Kimberly Schraf has such odd pronunciation of other words like "Namibia" and "hectare" (hec-TA-ree) that the overall effect is very distracting. You listen along, feeling like you are learning something, until she says something that reminds you she has no idea what she's reading, and is possibly from Mars. I don't feel this is appropriately priced considering the low level of attention the publisher paid to producing it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Interlochen, MI, United States 10-19-12
    Noel Interlochen, MI, United States 10-19-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Personally the book was tremendously interesting but if I hear the word Ebola pronounced Abola on more time I'm liable to scream. When paying up words of $40+ there is a high level of expectation that the reader can pronounce things correctly.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    They were probably over the heads of most non medical persons and if they have read other books such as hot zone, demon in the freezer etc., they would have been disappointed.


    What didn’t you like about Kimberly Schraf’s performance?

    Again pronunciation.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Cartersville, GA, United States 04-20-12
    Danielle Cartersville, GA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good content, but performance was poor."
    What did you like best about The Coming Plague? What did you like least?

    The information about the emerging diseases and why they were becoming prominent.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kimberly Schraf’s performances?

    No. She needs to learn to pronounce Ebola correctly. Not to mention quite a few other words. Very annoying.


    Did The Coming Plague inspire you to do anything?

    Go back to fiction for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    While this has good info, the Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer and particularly the Viral Storm were much,much better. Of those, I have only listened to the Viral Storm and read the other two.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Izabela Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-04-13
    Izabela Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well researched book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone can benefit from reading such an informational work ( you don't need to work in the field, it's enough if you are a parent)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coming Plague?

    They are to many to list


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Schraf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I liked her voice very much


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

    That we cannot wait/relay for CDC or other governmental agency to do a better job; we need to stay informed if we want to protect our loved ones.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this long audiobook again one day and perhaps I will buy the real book so I can hi light the most important things I need to know.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 02-10-13
    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Odd and disturbing"
    If you could sum up The Coming Plague in three words, what would they be?

    You cant read title and not expect to be disturbed by the subject matter. Well researched and all encompassing in scope and details. The Odd part for me, was the readers pronounciation of diseases and many medications used to treat them. For example, Eboli is pronounced "Able-ah". Took me about 20 min to realize what she was talking about, and I only guessed do the description of that horrific disease. Well intended, but annoying.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Richard 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book, only bad thing is the narrator."
    Would you listen to The Coming Plague again? Why?

    No, it is very long and not the type of thing you listen to twice.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is a fascinating story. Real life Indiana Jones epidemiological mysteries.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is good over all but they way she pronounces some words (Ebola) (Sao Paulo)
    is annoying, incorrect and almost comical after a bit.


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

    That we are lucky we have not seen more widespread epidemics of dangerous diseases. With the first case of MERS hitting the US this book is important.


    Any additional comments?

    The bureaucracy of the CDC, NIH, etc. is very troubling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TaskMaster 04-05-13
    TaskMaster 04-05-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was time well spent. It proved to be very informative and riveting. The way in which the story is told, including all the gory details keeps you on the edge waiting for the next adventure into the world of disease and virology.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Its telling in great detail of the aids epidemic. It connects AIDS/HIV accurately to its true causes one can gleam great insight into what we can expect of it in the future. It also does a great job of dispelling many myths of the current epidemic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes indeed it did. You must first though get acclimated with the narrators accent. Which at times can make the listen challenging.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Books are better.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 11-25-13
    Paladinboy Dracut, MA 01826 11-25-13 Member Since 2008

    I love to re-read books with audible.

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    "Better as a Textbook"
    What would have made The Coming Plague better?

    Just not written well for reading allowed. Also dated material


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie Garrett again?

    Sure!


    What didn’t you like about Kimberly Schraf’s performance?

    Good with the material she was given


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

    It is a classic of the field that has been recommended to me by professors. Not as much fun to read, but probably a good reference.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 10-18-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely worst narrator EVER"

    As for the book itself, it has a wealth of information about very current events. This is written the week of the Ebola Czar etc. So it's very relevant. I had read it 2 years previously which has come in handy.

    As for the 'narrator' who ruined this listen; It was like pulling teeth listening to this book. This narrator is obviously not educated or coached enough to read a book containing words too difficult for her to pronounce. She should stay with children's books, away from geography and medical terms. Pitiful. I would love to find the person to be held accountable for this monstrous performance and force them to listen to it at least twice nonstop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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