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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Ackerman Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188734
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Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. They've also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Jennifer Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the hands of gifted science writer Ackerman, the cold is addressed with dry wit while she covers every detail from soup (chicken, of course) to nuts (folk remedies). Booklist Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conchetta | 5/6/2011

    " Too much about remedies but a lot about how cold viruses work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/11/2011

    " This is an informative and engaging book, well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 3/7/2011

    " Fascinating information, conveyed in an entertaining manner. Although now I'm washing my hands constantly and have bad feelings about the laundry.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 2/21/2011

    " Fascinating...great for anyone to read. The author debunks a lot of myths about cold virus transmission. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lowry | 1/1/2011

    " It wasn't a hard-hitting science book, but Ackerman made the common cold a bit more accessible to everybody whether you know a lot about science or not. Definitely a good read to help you think about colds and their place in our society and individual lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaeda | 12/25/2010

    " You will never touch another elevator button again if you read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/10/2010

    " I got bored in spots, but overall, this one had an impact on me! Very, very informative! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 11/9/2010

    " Hilarious, myths, and a variety of cold remedies and trying to catch a cure for the common or uncommon cold. But serously...My recommendation is you have a severe sore throat? Take some tablesoons of Cool-whip or other non-dairy topping. (I was desparate, you see, but it works!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/7/2010

    " Very fun read! I loved all the scientific information, and the author has a very engaging style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/8/2010

    " very interesting so far. hard to finish. I started skimming. It was really interesting, but I got a little bored. How is that possible? not sure... but there you have it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 9/22/2010

    " There are viruses and bacteria everywhere, therefore wash your hands, don't have kids because they are germy, and eat chicken soup when you have cold. I've told you everything you need to know. Now you don't need to waste your money on the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 9/18/2010

    " This book was very enlightening. I didn't think I would like it, I thought there would be too many facts and not a easy read. The author informed me as well as kept me interested. I would recommend to all, as sometime you will get the common cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/14/2010

    " This deceptively easy to read book is very full of good information. I think I will start over and take notes this time. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman is the author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity, and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other publications, her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them Best American Science Writing, the Nature Reader, and Best Nature Writing. Ackerman lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

About the Narrator

Emily Durante’s recent performance credits on the East Coast include commercial and industrial voice work and a multitude of audiobook narrations. She has also directed audiobooks, including the Earphones Award–winning performance of Heaven’s Keep narrated by Buck Schirner. Emily resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two young boys.