• The Pandemic Century

  • A History of Contagion - from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19
  • By: Mark Honigsbaum
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin. A Financial Times Best Book of the Year.

The most timely and informative history work you will explore this year, tracing a century of pandemics, with a new chapter on COVID-19.

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, Scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet, despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu and the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles, to the 1930 'parrot fever' pandemic and the more recent SARS, Ebola, Zika and - now - COVID-19 epidemics, the last 100 years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms. 

In The Pandemic Century, Mark Honigsbaum chronicles 100 years of history in 10 outbreaks. Bringing us right up-to-date with a new chapter on COVID-19, this fast-paced, critically-acclaimed audiobook combines science history, medical sociology and thrilling front-line reportage to deliver the story of our times.

As we meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive public health officials, and gifted Scientists often blinded by their own expertise, we come face-to-face with the brilliance and medical hubris shaping both the frontier of science - and the future of humanity’s survival.

©2020 Mark Honigsbaum (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Tim
  • 09-09-20

Hmmmmm

I think i must have missed the chapter on Covid19! Other than that it's an interesting listen

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  • Former Amazonfan
  • 08-06-20

OK, but no great listen

My title says it all, except; where is the chapter on Covid? Did I blink and miss it?

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  • Rosemary Johnson
  • 06-11-22

Don’t bother

I bought this 2 years ago and still haven’t listen to more than an hour of it. It’s terrible and I just remembered thinking that it felt really misogynistic. Shame as I love books on virology and microbiology so thought this would be interesting but it’s so badly written. Would return it if I knew how

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  • baraitalo
  • 12-28-21

Accessible

Great narrative. Accessible epidemiology. Another chapter due in a couple of years when we have the whole covid history

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  • candise
  • 08-26-21

ok story, slow narration

overall story was ok. rather ironic to be reading it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
narrator was not my favourite though. his accent was a bit of a struggle to listen to, not because it was difficult to understand, more that he spoke with an add mannerism. having studied health sciences, I know many of the technical terms/language used but John Lee read them in a manner that was quite, odd. it made the overall listening experience a bit tough and sluggish.

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  • Sarah Mather
  • 02-17-21

Enjoyed the book, but no covid-19 chapter

As with other reviews there wasn't an additional chapter on Covid 19? Perhaps it's not available for audio yet