©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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
They are to many to list
No. I liked her voice very much
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.
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.
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