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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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AMAZING. Horrific! I couldn't stop listening.

A slow descriptive start but once you become immersed in the story it is a real page burner! The opening is essential to the end of the book, as it comes back into play. The stories of each out break are not boring! I feel it was well read. I appreciate the reader's zest for describing the virus and medical terminology for Ebola and all of the things that I would have likely mispronounced if I was reading this on my own. Some descriptions will turn your stomach and have you washing your hands. A MUST READ for fans who love documentaries or movies about viral outbreaks. SO happy I have this audio. I will definitely listen to again.

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A fine nonfiction work performed in a wonderful way. I was unaware of the Reston, VA monkey house and the troubles there. Preston takes you through the crisis in extreme detail. You'll wonder why someone was not prosecuted for causing the same problem some months later at the same facility.

The only drawback - and it was brief - Preston had to politicize his work at the end. In his mind, humanity is the bad guy invading the earth. The rise of these viruses and superbugs are our fault. Oh well, his book, his opinions.

In any case, worth the credit!

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  • birmingham, alabama United States
  • 01-10-17

From abridged to unabridged.

I had the audio tapes (3 hrs) years ago and enjoyed them. I'm glad I finally got to hear the whole thing. The last hour felt unnecessary but didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

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Interesting

Very interesting listen. Brings the reality of a outbreak close to home. Easy to listen to

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Very Educational!

I learned a lot of new things this from this "The Hot Zone!" I was absolutely clueless to a lot of the viruses mentioned. I know much more about filoviruses and other diseases/viruses after reading. It's a very enjoyable book and I love how the book ties all of its characters together.

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Very detailed and compelling description ofdisease

I really enjoyed this book. Narration is a little clinical, and I take issue with some of the medical pronunciations, but the details seem to be very accurate and the author does a good job of portraying the human element as victim/patient, care giver, researcher, and responder.

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Great Book.... Plenty of Curse Words!

It was a great book.... Just wish we could bleep out swear words... I recommend this book.

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Terrifying and pertinent information for today.

The final lines of this book are haunting. Especially when fairly recent events pertaining to ebola are taken into consideration.

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freaky

well this book is a little too realistic for me. the fact that all of this is real is troubling and maybe this Earth really is malicious and out to get us

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such a great book

it was so educational and scary and I actually really loved it even tho it was a biology assignment