A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jul 19, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100098726
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481592550
Narrator/s: Johnny Heller
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A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an innocent victim-and with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving monster. It's a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly scourge known to mankind from our earliest days. In this fascinating exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years in the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. A disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans, rabies has served as a symbol of savage madness and inhuman possession throughout history. Today, its history can help shed light on the wave of emerging diseases-from AIDS to SARS to avian flu-with origins in animal populations. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind's oldest and most fearsome foes.

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Product Number EB00394420
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101583746

Professional reviews

"As its title suggests, this is no dry medical history. The authors trace the facts and lore of the dread disease from ancient times through the present, focusing on the most sensational facts and describing rabies' central role in the development of vampire, werewolf, and zombie myths. While engaging, the audiobook would benefit from a few more statistics about the prevalence of the disease over time. Johnny Heller's narration is entirely consistent with the spirit of the book. His presentation is clear and well paced. The only weakness is his occasional attempts at German and French accents, which are not fully successful. All in all, this is an illuminating book about a horrifying subject. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"