Digital Download Random House Audible 2002
DD ISBN 0375419225 $13.95
Gina Kolata, a premier science reporter for the NEW YORK TIMES, reads her own audiobook, and her effort yields abundant information about influenza, presented in an accurate and palatable story. Although not a professional reader, her distinct speech, relaxed pace, and facility with scientific vocabulary make Kolata a pleasant companion. A contemporary hunt for the 1918 flu virus produces a tale of suspense, with eerie scenes like opening long-frozen Alaskan graves and interminable waits for the results of difficult DNA extractions. A scientific background is no requirement for FLU, but having one would help listeners appreciate the importance of the search and the frustration it caused the principals. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 02/ JAN 03]
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