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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Preston Narrator: James Lurie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston’s bestselling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.

Panic in Level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one’s mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including:

• The phenomenon of “self-cannibals,” who suffer from a rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own flesh–and why everyone may have a touch of this disease.
• The search for the unknown host of Ebola virus, an organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where the disease finds its way into the human species, causing outbreaks of unparalleled horror.
• The brilliant Russian brothers–“one mathematician divided between two bodies”–who built a supercomputer in their apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find hidden order in the number pi (p).

In fascinating, intimate, and exhilarating detail, Richard Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative and, as noted in The Washington Post, “a science writer with an uncommon gift for turning complex biology into riveting page-turners.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin Fricks | 2/7/2014

    " Good read...but could not compete with The Hot Zone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marianne | 2/2/2014

    " I listened to this. All in all, the stories were good. Some of them did run on, and some of Preston's philosophical comments I didn't find valid - or that interesting. Adventures in Nonfiction Writing, A Death in the Forest, and The Search for Ebola were very interesting. I like the connectivity from one story to the next -- it did result in some repetition, but ultimately made clear the connections between different branches of science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 1/30/2014

    " This works pretty well as a semi-autobiography for Preston. It has none of the excitement of The Hot Zone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe Bartello | 1/9/2014

    " Scarey stuff about Ebola, self-cannibalism and super computers used to enhance art and discover pi. "

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