The Hot Zone

  • by Richard Preston
  • Narrated by Richard M. Davidson
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction...

It's rare that a non-fiction book can be this exciting, this compelling, and this gory! Hot Zone certainly gets detailed, and I loved every second of it. Preston did an OUTSTANDING job researching this topic, and really becoming an expert on it. The way he crafted a story that will keep you guessing is nothing short of genius. Narrarator is outstanding. Overall, I'd rather read/listen to this non-fiction book than ANY of the fictional virus stories I've read. Yes, it's THAT good!
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- aaron

the scary truth

Where does The Hot Zone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very high, very well done, easy to listen to.


What did you like best about this story?

the fact that its non fiction, all the info received from the story is factual and is happening as we sit here


Have you listened to any of Richard M. Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

ok, 20min in i don't think i could of listened to the whole thing, but by 50% in the guy is perfect. his mannerisms are really scary actually when expressing the situations that arise


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

my reaction is its like being hit by a truck of reality
medically, 100yrs from now, the medical community are going to laugh at us the way we laugh when we read that 100yrs ago they were figuring out we should wash our hands and sterilize equipments


Any additional comments?

just 1 thing, sorry for knocking it, but thanking the author for pronunciations that are incorrect was funny, i caught just 1 word so far. it doesn't take anything away from the story
i will listen again and also will get more preston books

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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio