©1995 Laurie Garrett; (P)2009 Random House
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The information about the emerging diseases and why they were becoming prominent.
No. She needs to learn to pronounce Ebola correctly. Not to mention quite a few other words. Very annoying.
Go back to fiction for a while.
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.
No, it is very long and not the type of thing you listen to twice.
It is a fascinating story. Real life Indiana Jones epidemiological mysteries.
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.
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.
The bureaucracy of the CDC, NIH, etc. is very troubling.
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.
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.
Yes indeed it did. You must first though get acclimated with the narrators accent. Which at times can make the listen challenging.
No. Books are better.
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.
I love to re-read books with audible.
Just not written well for reading allowed. Also dated material
Good with the material she was given
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.
Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).
I love stories and retelling of stories about viruses and diseases. They fascinate me enough to have even compelled me towards my dream career as a virologist. I read the other reviews about the pronunciation of words and thought that it couldn't be that bad. Well, it bothered this stoic quite a bit and that takes effort. I'm not sure what happened here, perhaps we all have been mispronouncing ebola the whole time. But when you mispronounced Sierra Leone over a few dozen times, my wince muscles cramped. Now my husband thinks I am giving him the stink eye, and divorce may be eminent. I love this narrator's voice and wish her all of the best of luck and fulfillment, and that this was perhaps her first time recording or something and won't happen again. Maybe she had a particular boss determined to change the way we pronounce things and forced her into it at gun point. We'll never know. But audible, please, please don't do that to me again.
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