We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Virus Hunt: The Search for the Origin of HIV | [Dorothy H. Crawford]

Virus Hunt: The Search for the Origin of HIV

The hunt for the origin of the AIDS virus began over 20 years ago. It was a journey that went around the world and involved painstaking research to unravel how, when, and where the virus first infected humans. Dorothy H. Crawford traces the story back to the remote rain forests of Africa - home to the primates that carry the ancestral virus - and reveals how HIV-1 first jumped from chimpanzees to humans in rural southeast Cameroon. Examining how this happened, and how it then travelled back to Colonial west central Africa where it eventually exploded as a pandemic, she asks why and how it was able to spread so widely.
Regular Price:$17.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

The hunt for the origin of the AIDS virus began over 20 years ago. It was a journey that went around the world and involved painstaking research to unravel how, when, and where the virus first infected humans. Dorothy H. Crawford traces the story back to the remote rain forests of Africa - home to the primates that carry the ancestral virus - and reveals how HIV-1 first jumped from chimpanzees to humans in rural southeast Cameroon. Examining how this happened, and how it then travelled back to Colonial west central Africa where it eventually exploded as a pandemic, she asks why and how it was able to spread so widely. From hospital intensive care wards to research laboratories and the African rain forests, this is the wide-ranging story of a killer virus and a tale of scientific endeavour.

©2013 Dorothy H. Crawford (P)2014 Audible Inc.

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.2 (6 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.2 (6 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.8 (6 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    zein 10-29-14
    zein 10-29-14 Member Since 2013

    I am obsessed with learning. Either about history of society, epidemiology or spirituality. I would say I'm a seeker.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not terrible but not a recommendale book for me."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think if you learn one thing reading a book it is always time well spent. So yes, it was time well spent.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy H. Crawford’s story?

    It was very 2 dimensional. Only chapters 5 and 6 drew you into the story. The rest was incredibly flat. I think the facts were brilliant but if you are going to write a book and then put it into audio, there needs to be life and color to the numbers and data otherwise you're reading a chart or graph aloud.


    What does Alice Gilmour bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did like her performance overall however, she pronounced medicine as MED-cine and not med-I-cine. Not the biggest deal in the world, especially if this were a book on golf or party planning but seeing as how the foundational topic is medical I felt like it was a horrible word to be mispronouncing.


    Was Virus Hunt worth the listening time?

    I think if anything is learned whatsoever, it is time well spent but I would not recommend this book as I felt the story line was not colorful enough. It felt like looking down a string of facts hurriedly tied together without the slightest attempt to paint a picture for the reader. Some parts of the book were several minutes of nothing but genetic code and scientific names. Both of those things are vital for this type of book as a whole but you need to put them into a frame for the reader, to tell the STORY of both those very important things.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt other books covered the topic with story telling that brought you into the fold better. The book Spillover does not cover HIV in such detail but I think it tells the story of the virus, its origins and evolution with greater inspiration. This is more technical but fails to tell the story of the those facts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-28-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-28-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    161
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    99
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing piece of medical detective work"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is an epidemiologist's dream. This is an utterly engrossing history of the hunt for the origin of the HIV virus. I was completely surprised that scientists seem to have been able to trace the origins of HIV to seemingly pinpoint places and times, stretching back further than I had previously thought. Rather than one continuous storyline/narrative, the author breaks this up into chapters that weave parallel but ultimately converging lines of investigation, tracing back from those first diagnosed, through the carriers who were the unwitting spreaders of the pandemic, through the disparate strains of HIV that became identified and laid a train back to the places and animals of the virus' origins. Incredible and would strain belief if not true. This audiobook had me from minute one. Still, I can't give it a full five stars. At time, I found the writing a bit dry, as if reading a collection of scientific papers. A more skilled writer might have found a way to craft this more as a whodunit in the spirit of a good true crime writer for instance. For instance, you never get much of a sense of who any of the multitude of scientists are behind the investigation - thus the narrative appeals solely to the intellect rather than any emotion. As well, I found myself getting lost at times in the array of different names of primate species, their lineage, as well as the alphanumeric strains of the different HIV strains. Indeed, the audiobook frequently references various diagrams and figures that would only be accessible in the actual book and would help clarify things. Still, those with a curiosity or interest in the origins of this modern pandemic will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.