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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Reasonably well spent; as described below, a few complaints about the tone of some of the book.
Would you be willing to try another book from Sonia Shah? Why or why not?
Possibly, but she spent a bit too much time anthropomorphizing the parasite and used too many metaphors and inapposite verbs when describing parasite's evolution (giving the false impression of intent and direction to the randomness of evolution).
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Sort of; the narrator was fine, but underwhelming.
Could you see The Fever being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No; this is non-fiction unsuited to dramatization.
Any additional comments?
This book was OK. The pros: good introduction into malaria, it's impact and longevity on human society, and the mechanisms of its infection and treatment. The cons: the author spends way too much time anthropomorphizing the parasite (and in doing so, hits all my pet peeves in discussing how the thing mutates and evolves and imbuing such changes with direction and forethought) and is sometimes a little disorganized. Overall, perfectly fine book if you'd like some context and history of malaria, but be prepared to have the author describe the parasite as plotting and maneuvering, rather than just describing the constant arms race all living things engage in (where the mutations are not intended or directed, but happen by accident and bestow increased survival and thus - without having aimed to do it - end up in the next generation).
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As modern Americans we rarely hear of malaria, much less see it's impact... when I traveled abroad I realized the scale and impact of this in many lands, third world & developed. An good overview of malaria's real impact & swath.