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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Rhodes Narrator: Richard Rhodes Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story, Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first killed cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France -- and that has already been traced to food animals in the United States.

In a new afterword for the paperback, Rhodes reports the latest US and worldwide developments of a burgeoning global threat. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the science literature of Armageddon, Deadly Feasts is in a class by itself...Rhodes is able to make hard science come alive.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[Rhodes] is a wonderful storyteller. Deadly Feasts is a great mystery story.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Deadly Feasts is a book to be read and pondered carefully—and perhaps acted on—possibly before eating one’s next hamburger.”

    New Yorker

  • “Vivid and engrossing.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • Deadly Feasts is a breezy, immensely readable account...It is a splended description of the process by which scientific knowledge is advanced.”

    Weekly Standard

  • Deadly Feasts is packed with historical, anthropological, and epidemiological detail.

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Rhodes’ soft narration brings to life the discovery and investigation of the disease among cannibal tribes in New Guinea and its eradication when they stopped eating humans...Rhodes reads the various reports of scientists in a slightly louder voice, conveying the excitement of discovery...[and] the terrifying physical manifestations of this deadly disease.” 


  • “Rhodes offers the first popular documentation of a disaster with profound implications, and the sooner the alarming facts are widely known, the better our chances are of combating this insidious plague.”  


  • “This gripping study of ‘mad cow disease’ by Rhodes weaves careful research and powerful stories into a chilling narrative that often reads more like science fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " If you're interested in reading a science-y book I can't recommend this highly enough. It's interesting, it's accessible, and Richard Rhodes did really a wonderful job laying out the history of prion research and the whole "mad cow" thing in the UK. I may be a bit biased because I work on prions in the lab, but I really think just about anyone could enjoy this book, its written that well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Theresa | 2/1/2014

    " I thought this book was absolutely intriguing! One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne Premo | 1/31/2014

    " Robin Cook, move over. If you like real-life medical thrillers that take you from the rainforests of Indonesia to the sheep farms of Yorkshire, this book will scare the $h!t out of you. And possibly make you pursue a more vegetarian lifestyle. 'Cause it doesn't get much more frightening than species-jumping prion diseases, which essentially turn the brain into Swiss cheese. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanettedianne simkins | 1/27/2014

    " I loved this book. Very eye opening! "

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