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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.

©2004 Richard Preston. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"A totally convincing page-turner, proving that truth is scarier than fiction." (Kirkus)
"One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work." (Stephen King)
"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall." (Newsweek)

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The scariest book ive ever read.

And its all true. An easy listen and well worth your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • Carrollton, GA, USA
  • 05-14-07

Excellent

This book was one that intrigued me so much that I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Abridged....

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Very interesting story- gruesome and compelling.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed that this was an abridged version. Book Lite. Only 3 hours of material. That information (that this was a shortened version) wasn't available on the mobile shop and I wish I hadn't wasted a credit

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unbelievable

This book was my first introduction to audio books in the mid 1990's. A friend gave me the cassette tapes of this as I was leaving on a 3 hour road trip. She had offered tapes before but I kept thinking that mainly old people who couldn't see to read listened to books on tape. When I got to a radio dead zone, I popped the first tape in. OMG. I was totally hooked. This is the type of book that might cause you to lose your job or at least be late as you sit in the parking lot unable to tear yourself away! I will warn you that there are some graphic descriptions of blood pouring from all body orifices that might gross out non-medical people. Other than that, this will scare the heck out of you and definitely make you feel differently about cute little monkeys from here on out.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ariana
  • Pflugerville, TX, USA
  • 07-16-10

Doesn't Follow the Book

The Audiobook doesn't follow the book at all. The audiobook left out words, restructured that ways sentences were written, left out sentences, and even left out paragraphs and chapters. The audiobook was no help to me and I wouldn't recommend it. It actually ruined my reading experience. Better off just purchasing the book and reading it yourself.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Scary Stuff

Are we a virus on this earth and the earth is just counteracting to shift it's balance. The most interesting concept in the book. Really scary stuff out there and shows me how insignificant we can become when these nasty virus's decide to show their colours

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Detailed

The writing was very descriptive of the events. As a Retired Public Health Scientist detauled

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not just some bug..

What made the experience of listening to The Hot Zone the most enjoyable?

i love medical field in generally as i happen to be nurse myself. i enjoy the realism of the story

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

realism and truthfulness and the background checking of the information that was given

Which scene was your favorite?

everything

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

i have had gone through this as traditional book at least 6 times before listening this version and i have loved it every single time

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Terrifying

This book givrs me a newfound respect for the Ebola virus, and the people who work at the CDC to help keep us safe.

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Missing info

Many parts of the book were cut out or misread, resulting in a lot of lost information