Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Audiobook, by David Quammen Play Audiobook Sample

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Audiobook

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Audiobook, by David Quammen Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781501238970

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20:12 minutes

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05:30 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

12:03 minutes

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“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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“Quammen humbly claims this work is a partial view of the history and science of Ebola. That is so, yet it has the potential to vastly raise our awareness of new, ferocious viruses. Quammen provides the fundamentals—ecology, evolutionary history, natural cycles—of what we know about viruses, from the big picture to the various species.”

— Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review 


  • “David Quammen is a brilliant star of nature writing.”

    — Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist
  • “David Quammen is a master.”

    — Bill Bryson, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers.”

    — New York Times
  • “This slender book…does a nimble job of situating this year’s unnerving events in historical context…[Quammen’s] book, like most writing about Ebola, is deeply unsettling, but it’s also sober minded, and in this respect, a standout in the floodlet of Ebola books, many of them quickie scare guides and medical thrillers.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A tidy book that explains everything we know, and everything we don’t, about this terrifying disease.”

    — Wired
  • “[Quammen] is an engaging writer, offering solid scientific explanations and riveting human stories. Mel Foster’s upbeat delivery goes well with stories from the frontiers of science…he is easy to understand and does a good job of pronouncing both African place names and medical terms.”

    — AudioFile

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About David Quammen

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, Spillover, and the New York Times bestseller The Tangled Tree. Spillover was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Scientific American Book of the Year. He has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writingand the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. He has written for numerous magazines and is a contributing writer for National Geographic.

About Mel Foster

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.