©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.
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.
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.
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.
Others covered the pronunciation, so I'll cover the politics.
I'm guessing you are thinking about downloading this because you want an audiobook on pandemics and diseases, not thinly veiled anti-Republican politics. I can say with 99% certainty that the author is a Democrat and she's certainly not a Republican. If the author happens to read this: how do you think I know that? Do a word search for Reagan or Bush and think whether your biased commentary is really necessary. Yes, we get that you think Reagan is a horrible incompetent racist. Not everyone thinks so and it detracts from your story.
When talking about AIDS, the author includes repeated gems like "Some public health officials critical of the Reagan administration argued that there was a racist subtext to the debate..."
And in some instances, the author's attempt to interject politics or add a racial component made the reading needlessly cumbersome. This is a quote from the book, with the parens included as written (thanks to google search):
"It would be more than a year before the Reagan administration's health leadership would accept the idea that AIDS in Africa was primarily heterosexual. The administration would never fully acknowledge that the virus might also be heterosexually transmitted in the United States. Indeed, disputes over heterosexual transmissibility of the virus and the applicability of the African (read: black) experience to the Euro-American (read: white) context would rage within the upper echelons of the U.S. government throughout the eight-year-long Reagan administration and well into the term of his successor, George Bush."
Really? The author couldn't resist adding in "(read: white)" and "(read: black)" to frame the issue about the degree to which AIDS was spreading heterosexually into a racist anti-Reagan and anti-Bush issue. Never mind that it's inaccurate, this political bias pulls you out of the story over and over so that you're thinking about the accuracy of what's being said (given the obvious bias) rather than following the story.
When I listen to an audiobook about diseases, the author's political views shouldn't be so obvious. AND. IT. IS. PAINFULLY. OBVIOUS.
Good alternatives if you don't want a hefty dose of biased politics mixed in with otherwise good disease/pandemic/outbreak type content:
"Spillover" - a top notch audiobook detailing the numerous diseases that are "spilling over" from animals to humans, from Ebola to pandemic influenza. Order Spillover instead of this one and you wont be disappointed; then work down the list...
"The Fatal Strain" - an excellent audiobook an H5N1
"The Viral Storm" - part way through it, but so far so good
"The Great Influenza" a long audiobook which covers the 1918 pandemic in wonderful detail
"The Demon in the Freezer" which focuses on Smallpox
"Biohazard" (I read the non-audio version about Russia's bioweapons program, written by a defector from their program)
"The Hot Zone" (another one in non-audiobook format that is slightly dated, but provides an outstanding read about Ebola)
All of the above are better than this one and they don't have Laurie's liberal politics sprinkled throughout.
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