For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.
Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’ taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The characters you will meet in this audiobook are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A 13-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu...everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.
Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.
Great book, bad narration
Unfortunately this must-read book has the worst narration I’ve heard. The narrator doesn’t know how to handle commas and at one point pauses between the words “operating room”. Setting it to 1.25 speed makes it tolerable and the book is so good that it’s still worth it. But Audible should re-record it!
Good writing, bad reading.
I’m sure this is a good book, consistent with Michael Lewis’ other work. But the narration is so robotic and choppy that I’m having a really hard time getting through it.
It definitely sounds like a first read-through and I just wonder why he didn’t just narrate himself. His sample chapter on his podcast was great, and the main reason why I purchased the audiobook.
This is a good, well-structured book. Unfortunately the narration is poor. It is metronomic & breathless & ultimately becomes a tedious listening experience. I have heard that there is a companion PDF reference document; I haven't been able to track it down.