• by David Quammen
  • Narrated by Mel Foster
  • 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story." - Walter Isaacson
In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola's elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola - its past, present, and its unknowable future.
Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very informative

Interesting and very clearly written. The back story is worthwhile on it's own.
If Ebola evolves to not kill the host so fast, we are in trouble.
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- Sheri

Content is almost verbatim in "Spillover"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was a well-researched nonfiction book with an interesting premise and lively, journalistic storytelling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ebola?

Realizing that it was contained almost verbatim in "Spillover", and regretting that I ended up listening to "Ebola" first. I ended up listening to the ~4 hours of content twice.

What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

Not too dramatic but also not a drone.

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


Any additional comments?

If you think that you might like to read "Spillover", just buy that and don't waste your time with this book. However, if you really just want to learn about Ebola virus, read this one, and not "Spillover".

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- Taylor J

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio