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The Hot Zone Audiobook

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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Publisher's Summary

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus.

The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

©1999 Richard Preston (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Jan 12-17-13
    Jan 12-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Melodramatic ebola overkill - poorly done"

    My favorite books usually have a medical twist, and I own a full shelve of plague books... but unlike most readers on Audible I didn't really care for this one. The reader repeatedly slaughtered pronunciations and so much drama in his voice. Then the writer seemed intent on showing you the most possible gore from a breakout. Then lots of buildup.... wait for it, wait for it.... a possible exposure of a main character... that doesn't happen. Then he dumps that breakout with no review to numbers involved and how it was stopped and fast forwards into the next near exposure and after that great build up.... nothing happens. To be honest I don't regret reading "The Hot Zone," there was some very interesting information... it just could have been presented so much better.

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    Tyler D 08-08-15
    Tyler D 08-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    It starts off slow, give it time, it will catch up and entrap you as it guides you through the terrifying world of Ebola and infectious viruses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 06-13-15
    Tyler 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling with a touch of redundancy"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The clinical signs and symptoms of the disease was horrifically enthralling. Listening to it was like listening to a fictional story. However, the threat of an outbreak in Washington was too long and the fear of an outbreak became redundant. It seemed like every new section had a new tear in someone's suit, or a new needle. It was extremely fascinating, but went on too long.


    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    His performance was great. He spoke clearly and was easy to listen to.


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    choice 05-22-15
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    "Interesting book!"

    it was exciting throughout the whole book and really kept me intrigued which is hard to do.

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    Bella 04-17-15
    Bella 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderfully written, very nice reading"

    loved every minute of it! Preston gives a scary real picture of viruses and the narrator does a lovely job! would absolutely recommend

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    Rohn 04-09-15
    Rohn 04-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

    This book will scare the HELL out of you . I am not one that scares easy, but this will do it.


    Any additional comments?

    The world we live in today, Bio-hazard is a real threat. This book will make you think about how bad this could be

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Politick 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nail-biting and informative"

    Enjoyed the delivery. Will be looking for more books like it. Recommended for those who enjoy a nonfiction books that will keep you thrilled

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    Denise 03-26-15
    Denise 03-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely BEST Non-fiction Story EVER!"

    First heard this book on cassette while driving down to Florida from New York. It was So Exciting, my brother and I, when we stopped for meals, brought the food into the car so we could quickly return to "The Hot Zone." Two years later, I bought the soft-cover book, which I read a few times, and finally I have this phenomenal book on my "Audible" app on my iPad. After many readings and even more listenings, I cannot rate Richard Preston's writing any higher!

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    Jim in Omaha 03-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional book! I did not want to stop. "

    Might be too graphic for some as it is very desciptive in describing death from gruesome deseases. But i felt it was all needed to convey how serious this is. I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish i loved the ride!! It immerses you completely in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-21-13
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Like Big Foot Hunting for the Science Set"

    Something is out there. Something mysterious and elusive. Something we don’t understand. But it’s corporal enough so there is no reasonable doubt that’s its real.

    I’ve been fascinated by inter-species viruses for about 15 years: AIDS, Hantavirus, Ebola, Flu, and others. I find myself reading most of the armature literature this topics. I have some sort of need to search for insights into the import but elusive things that are “out there”. But the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Alien Abduction, and the like are a little too speculative to hold my interest. The scientists in me demands a bit more proof, actually quite a bit more proof.

    If you relate to what I’m saying, “The Hot Zone” could well be your top summer fun read.

    On a personal note my wife is close with one of the top guys at USAMRAA and I moved into a building about a mile from the “Monkey House” features in the story about a year after the main incident. So I’d heard these events discussed at a distance for about 13 years, but I didn’t really understand until I read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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