The Coming Plague

  • by Laurie Garrett
  • Narrated by Kimberly Schraf
  • 34 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett looks deeply into human impact on the environment and how this could lead to a new danger in the form of deadly viruses.


What the Critics Say

"Medical journalist Garrett presents a history of epidemiology in a format that is educational, moving, and terrifying. She skillfully illustrates the role of ecology, politics, and economics in worldwide healthcare and uses numerous examples to emphasize the need for a global perspective in the management of disease....An extremely readable style and exhaustive notes make this fascinating reading for general readers and scholars alike." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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It might be too annoying to stand

Any additional comments?

From what I gather there is more than one acceptable way to pronounce "Ebola." But that aside, Kimberly Schraf has such odd pronunciation of other words like "Namibia" and "hectare" (hec-TA-ree) that the overall effect is very distracting. You listen along, feeling like you are learning something, until she says something that reminds you she has no idea what she's reading, and is possibly from Mars. I don't feel this is appropriately priced considering the low level of attention the publisher paid to producing it.

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- Spencer


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Personally the book was tremendously interesting but if I hear the word Ebola pronounced Abola on more time I'm liable to scream. When paying up words of $40+ there is a high level of expectation that the reader can pronounce things correctly.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

They were probably over the heads of most non medical persons and if they have read other books such as hot zone, demon in the freezer etc., they would have been disappointed.

What didn’t you like about Kimberly Schraf’s performance?

Again pronunciation.

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- Noel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio