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Las Flores, CA United States
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  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a few slow moments

  • By K on 05-11-14

Thoroughly engrossing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Loved the tales of how spillover research is done in real life. Well written, gripping, and beautifully described. Some complained about the “travelogue” part but I enjoyed the firsthand global view.

  • Influenza

  • The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
  • By: Dr. Jeremy Brown
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, should you get a flu shot, and how close are we to finding a cure? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read

  • By Kathryn C. on 12-21-18

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Fairly poorly written, poorly thought out in places, repetitive and drags in long spots. Lots of interesting information, of course, but hardly worth the pain. Found myself skipping sections and, once or twice, actually yelling in frustration at the author’s poor reasoning.

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