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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,765 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Preston Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442343313
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A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The first chapter of The Hot Zone is one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life–and then it gets worse. That’s what I keep marveling over: it keeps getting worse. What a remarkable piece of work.”

    Stephen King

  • “ Horrifying and riveting… Preston exposes a real-life nightmare potentially as lethal as the fictive runaway germs in Michael Chrichton's The Andromeda Strain.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fascinating—and frightening.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Mesmerizing.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Utterly engrossing…will make your blood curdle.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “This work of nonfiction is more terrifying than any sci-fi nightmare.”

    USA Today

  • “As spine-chilling a narrative as I've read in recent years…vivid and cinematic.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naimaj | 2/20/2014

    " Will always remember reading this on Daytona beach during spring break one year. It was so good I actually read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Truong | 2/17/2014

    " this shit is fucking scary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Shoemaker | 2/10/2014

    " I already had extensive knowledge of the filoviruses prior to reading this book, and while I appreciated the fact that the book followed the truth of the events how they unfolded... I couldn't help but being disappointed when it was announced that this novel was going to follow the Ebola Reston incident. Good story telling, but I think it wasn't as thrilling as it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/29/2014

    " I would recommend this book to a friend because its a good book but it does have its blemishes. This is probably the best four star book I ever read In conclusion I thought that The Hot Zone was absolutely fantastic except for the ending but it still was a great book and I would encourage anyone to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Kapcoe | 1/28/2014

    " On my top-5-all-time list. Scared me half to death! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Empty Blyss | 1/19/2014

    " liked it. i did skip a few chapters to hurry to the end- no need in reading if u've seen the movie.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pascal Chiang | 1/14/2014

    " A horrifing book tracing different viruses. Monkeys, Caves, The jungles, and different places. Research groups have to be extra careful. A book that will probably make you fell sick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Hines | 1/13/2014

    " As seems to be the usual with these books, a bit on the alarmist side. BUT lots and lots of great stories of outbreaks, near outbreaks, scientific triumphs and scientific infighting from all over the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aine | 1/11/2014

    " Was much too young to read this when I did, have harboured an almost pathological fear of Ebola ever since. Nonetheless a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R Mccaffrey | 11/21/2013

    " This book will grab you by the throat. Read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 10/29/2013

    " Face it, based on actual events makes this the most frightening book I've read, considering I read this when I was 15 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SamooriiAy | 10/25/2013

    " For a school book and a NONfiction book, it was actually pretty good. I like all of the gory parts. This book is NOT for the weak stomached!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Ann | 10/23/2013

    " Fasinating! Never knew! Totally absorbing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Perez-walli | 10/15/2013

    " Great, great, great book. Will keep you in the edge of your seat! Warning: it can be very gory at times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Main | 10/14/2013

    " TRUE, the true story is scarier than fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/6/2013

    " Disturbing yet very thrilling. This book would make an excellent movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vze6zion | 9/5/2013

    " Yesterday I finished to read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. I found this book interesting, I learned a lot about the three kind of Ebola Viruses. Sometimes it get scary and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 9/3/2013

    " A real page turner, but sobering, and frightening. I liked it though, a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 3/31/2013

    " nasty book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 four_eyes | 8/19/2012

    " hold your breath and don't touch the monkeys "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 7/24/2012

    " This book was amazing and terrifying! From the second I picked it up I could not put it down. Will definitely be reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malea | 6/29/2012

    " I never thought I would like this type of novel. I was led to read it for extra credit in my biology class. I was floored when I found that I could not put the book down. It is so intriguing, terrifying, and incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darby | 5/20/2012

    " Amazing book! It was scary just thinking about an epidemic that could happen and kill many people. If you like thrillers, this is the one for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley | 3/9/2012

    " This book was absolutely horrifying. It scared me so much that I don't even think that I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 2/21/2012

    " Not so terrifying, maybe I'm just too jaded for this sort of thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 1/18/2012

    " Quite gory but very interesting none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittani Gaddy | 11/18/2011

    " Utterly disgusting but incredibly intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsi | 9/14/2011

    " read this in high school, but it left quite an impression. Ebola was barely heard of, and I was fascinated. This book was frightening as it was inspiring. Probably a 4/5 as far as non-fiction books go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dava | 8/15/2011

    " I had to read this for my science class. It started slow, but I got into after awhile. Its not my normal genre of books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 5/18/2011

    " I think I am never going into an African bat cave!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rp | 5/13/2011

    " Quite gory but very interesting none the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie | 5/12/2011

    " Life is good when you don't have Ebola. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/11/2011

    " terrifying and fascinating. I read this book years ago and suddenly thought of it while on today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/10/2011

    " Ok book. Not something I would recommend to others. The reading was lower level than I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " One of, if not the scariest book I've read. Because it's true. If you are a germaphobe, don't read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neida | 5/8/2011

    " Written with the layperson in mind, this is a terrifying read. How this tiny virus, if allowed to run amok, can decimate the human population, is extremely humbling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseanne | 4/28/2011

    " If you're enjoy real-life drama, this has plenty. I finished this in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 4/27/2011

    " Wow. This book was a lot better than I expected it to be. I hate reading books in school half of the time, but I was really drawn into this. It's definitely a scary thought, to think that something like Ebola exists, but it's a reasonable scary. Definitely recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/25/2011

    " I'm so so so glad the ending was boring. Read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 4/20/2011

    " WOW what a book! Read this the first semester of college and was just blown away by the truth of horrific strange viruses! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/18/2011

    " Read this one 17 years after it was hot - I bet it was amazing as a New Yorker piece - in the long form it fell a bit flat for me. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Preston

Richard Preston is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Cobra Event and The Demon in the Freezer. A writer for the New Yorker since 1985, Preston won the American Institute of Physics Award and is the only nondoctor ever to have received the CDC’s Champion of Prevention Award. Preston attended Pomona College and recievied his PhD from Princeton University. He lives outside New York City.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.