• What Really Happened in Wuhan

  • A Virus Like No Other, Countless Infections, Millions of Deaths
  • By: Sharri Markson
  • Narrated by: Danielle Carter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (260 ratings)

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Walkley Award-winning journalist, Sharri Markson is the Investigations Editor at The Australian and host of prime-time show Sharri on Sky News Australia.

The origins of Covid-19 are shrouded in mystery. Scientists and government officials insisted, for a year and a half, that the virus had a natural origin, ridiculing anyone who dared contradict this view. Tech giants swept the internet, censoring and silencing debate in the most extreme fashion. Yet it is undeniable that a secretive facility in Wuhan was immersed in genetically manipulating bat-coronaviruses in perilous experiments. And as soon as the news of an outbreak in Wuhan leaked, the Chinese military took control and gagged all laboratory insiders. 

Part-thriller, part-expose, What Really Happened in Wuhan is a ground-breaking investigation from leading journalist Sharri Markson into the origins of Covid-19, the cover-ups, the conspiracies, and the classified research. It features never-before-seen primary documents exposing China's concealment of the virus, fresh interviews with whistleblower doctors in Wuhan and crucial eyewitness accounts that dismantle what we thought we knew about when the outbreak hit.

With unprecedented access to Washington insiders, Markson takes you inside the White House, with senior Trump lieutenants revealing first-hand accounts of fiery Oval Office clashes and new stories of compromised government advisors and censored scientists.

Bravely reported and chillingly laid out, Markson brings to light the stories of the pandemic from the people on the ground: the scientists and national security officials who raised uncomfortable truths and were labelled conspiracy theorists, until government agencies began to suspect they might have been right all along. These brave individuals persisted through bruising battles and played a crucial role in investigating the origins of Covid-19 to finally, in this book, bring us closer to the truth of what really happened in Wuhan.

©2021 Sharri Markson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Everyone should listen to this

This is a very comprehensive, well-researched book. It doesn't conclusively say it was a lab accident but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to it from website links being deleted to the uniqueness this virus has for humans as opposed to other animals (which suggests it was engineered) to the lab's links to bioterrorism. Everyone should read and make their own opinion. The way this was handled is incredibly important to understand. Mainstream science essentially shut down the lab origin theory so Trump would not be elected. It was only after the evidence was so overwhelming that Biden reinstated the investigation. I really can't stand when people say "Trust the science." It is as political if not more political than anything else. We find that Americans including Fauci and Peter Deszack were funneling taxpayer money into the Wuhan Lab for testing and therefore had an incredible conflict of interest to rule a lab accident out of the realm of possibility. We find that Facebook and Twitter shutdown discussion about the lab origin story and only have recently allowed. What happened to free speech. The left wing media never gave the lab origin story any incredibility. Finally, people need to wake up and understand China is a real threat. They are an authoritarian state which competes aggressively with the US. They do not have our best interest at hand. We need to be very mindful of them. Personally, what worries me the most is that in the US the truth no longer matters. It's whatever is convenient for somebody's narrative that matters. We desperately need to move away from that. We are not perfect but we are still the last, best hope for the world.

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Amazing Run Down & Investigative Journalism

Great Book with a very Good Narrator. An Australian accent is always a treat to hear.

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(1) Eco Health Alliance, Peter Daszak, Tony Fauci, and Gain of Function in Wuhan
(2) Why was the Wuhan International Airport open to fly people to Europe and Around the World, After the Outbreak?
(3) Why did Europe stall on travel banning China after the USA and Australia?
(4) Peter Navarro vs Tony Fauci, one did not want to travel ban China or suggest masks
(5) Why Trump's inconsistency of praising, doubting, trusting, and blaming China's management and partnership? Probably, Trump politically bailed out Xi Jingping and crippled his re-election chances.
(6) Why the WHO never had the "World's" best interest, they mostly considered China's interest.
(7) Why the scientific virus origin research of Dr Petrovsky was so challenging to publish - particularly how the Virus is more compatible to human infection than any other animal - binding to human ACE2.
(8) Why the Furin Cleavage Site of the virus is a finger print of genetic engineering
(9) Why did China stall on letting others study the Virus genome and forbid foreign medical observers - even as they allowed international travel from Wuhan?
(10) Leaders with silly decision criteria - "Travel bans are Xenophobic", "It will go away with warm weather", "criticizing China is racist", and "People don't know how to use masks"

Ultimately, a very good investment of time.

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Clear, concise, science.

A must read for everyone! Good science and well sourced information by the author. Thank you, Ms. Markson.

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Wow!

It is very informative and fact based. My heart is heavy and I wept more than once at the selflessness of the whistleblowers. It is stunning to me that hatred of Trump and pure greed caused this level of destruction and obfuscation in the West. The number of people who engaged in CYA propaganda at the expense of so many lives is extremely demoralizing. Thanks Sharri.

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loved it!

I could not turn it off ....it was thought provoking...scary......and convincing! There is no doubt in my mind how this horror happened!

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Thoroughly researched and clearly explained

Narration is clear.

The case for the laboratory origin of covid is convincing and highly disturbing.

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  • Ek
  • 12-22-21

must read

this is a must read. it takes a truly skilled and principled person to take so much disturbing yet vitally important information & to organize & to present it in such a powerful, accessible format. the world must wake up. the fact that such brave and committed journalists exist give me hope in a scary world. highly recommend.

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Lots of deep information, but…

I appreciated the author’s digging into the many oddities surrounding the apparent leak in Wuhan and the coverup by China’s rulers and military as well as that of the US government. I think, however, she fell a bit prey to the machinations of US intelligence. I was disappointed that she did not mention the work of Professor Francis Boyle who wrote the anti biological warfare law passed by the UN, the US Congress and sign by President GHW Bush, and who long ago established the relationship between the US bio-warfare labs at the Univ of North Carolina and the US military’s horrific lab at Ft Detrick MD. He has warned of the danger of these labs for decades. Ms. Markson’s work could have been enhanced by the inclusion of Boyle’s work and insights. Without it, I question the book’s ultimate value.

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Read this now!

Listen to it twice. Everyone. Thanks to the author for this work. I hope it inspires more investigations, we need it.

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impressive research

Vast range of impressive material let down by the mispronunciation of Chinese and English words

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  • Simon Waddington
  • 12-05-21

Thank you

I thank Sharri for writing this book which has huge implications and in my opinion is a documented history and memory aid of the diabolical two years the world's population has suffered.

The framing of political one upmanship rather than humanitarian progression really stands out.

Sadly there's no happy end to this, as we all know but what it does point out is the aggressive militarisation of China funded by the West, complicit naive US agencies using relaxed regulations for diabolical bio warfare programs, and a long suffering global population.

I am disgusted by CCP and their cover up and profiteering. I hope the people of China soon oust these terrible leaders.





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  • James Fowler
  • 01-02-22

Excellent Investigativw Journalism on COVID-19

Sharri Morrison has presented in this book a very comprehensive investigation of the 'Lab Leak Theory to Explain the Origins of COVID-19' based upon responsible and compelling circumstantial evidence weighed against the so-called compelling evidence supporting a 'Natural Cause Theory to Explain the Origins of COVIV-19' .

Her assessment is responsibly investigated, explained, and presented based upon sound facts that present the reader with a good understanding of the mechanisms, and the hazards of gain-of-function research in the field of virology specifically and microbiology in general for developing lethal biological weapons.

It provides not only a clear context within which to understand the events leading up to the pandemic, but also sounds a clear wake-up call to the World's leaders to view scientific evidence within a context that is non-political as much as possible so they can make responsible policy regarding the improvement of the world's health grounded in a desire to sustain human life as benevolent and not power-seeking stewards of the created order. A MUST READ!!!

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  • penny rodgers
  • 03-04-22

Amazing

I listened to this in shock. An amazing book that everyone should read. Excellent narration.

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  • Peter
  • 02-23-22

Educational and Fascinating

Should be essential reading for anyone interested in World Affairs. Very well researched, the levels of corruption uncovered are a sobering reminder of what happens when good people don't stand up and insist on the truth at any costs. The facts uncovered are overwhelming. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Helen
  • 02-21-22

A must read

If you are seeking the facts,not media cover ups,read now. 👌 wow.5☆☆☆☆☆. vital read

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  • Skug
  • 02-14-22

Doesn’t have the attention it deserves

Very well researched and put together. Console and to the point. Doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of attention it deserves!

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  • Mr StephenGreen
  • 01-01-22

A MUST READ

If this evidence was presented in Court I doubt anyone would find any conclusion other than that of the author. It is baffling why Governments around the world are not more open about this and it raises questions that need to be answered for similar events to be prevented. This was a great listen and everybody should listen to this book

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  • Jmjf
  • 12-28-21

Tour de force

This is painstakingly well researched and sobering. There’s a reckoning coming to the leaders of all the institutions involved in covering this up. It’s also highly immoral research. It shows what happens when you outsource science to the CCP. This is the take of the ultimate offshoring boomerang. Brave noble people with integrity were written off as conspiracy theorists now they need a full apology.

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  • MIT OrrabaN
  • 12-18-21

It is a good feeling knowing the truth

The Guardian Review of this book wasn’t fair because it would be impossible for Sharri to cross all of the i’s and cross the t’s to prove her case. but like when I was on jury service I think that her book has said enough for a reasonable person to find China guilty with the USA guilty as accessories!

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  • 10-09-21

OMG 😱 read read read

an astoundingly researched, written and explained book, i could not stop listening and am going back for round two as this is so detailed and I need to absorb this again, share this, read it

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  • Kerri J Robb
  • 10-05-21

Investigative Journalism at its Best

This investigation by Sharri Markson restores my faith that there are still journalists out there who are willing to expose the truth despite personal attacks and present to us a comprehensive and detailed examination of the facts so that we may inform ourselves as well as be guided by her conclusions. This is the book that will be referenced by researchers and school texts in the decades to come (if China hasn't taken over the world!).

I feel both validated and enriched by having read/listened to this book.

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  • Mark G.
  • 10-17-21

Finally an alternative narrative

This book becomes more incredible with each page. The fact that 2 years into this pandemic and it has only now surfaced is a disgrace to so called journalism and media which has become nothing more than partisan opinion without fact. Well Done Shari.

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  • Cassandra
  • 09-30-21

Stunning proof that Beijing released the CCP lab virus

A stunning tour de force by Sharri Markson that details the global crime of the century.

From the very first chapter of this extraordinary book, it is clear that Beijing - having funded bioweapons research in Wuhan for decades - conspired to cover-up and knowingly spread the CCP lab virus.

Non-fiction book of the Year? Definitely.

Non-fiction book of the century? It’s hard to argue otherwise after the death of nearly 10 million innocent civilians.

The truly definitive story of the CCP lab virus.

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  • GTB
  • 04-15-22

Outstanding work by an outstanding journalist

Thoroughly researched and extremely important, this book should be read by everyone. Special mention to the narrator who did a fantastic job of managing very complex terms and tricky names, making it sound as if it was narrated by the author herself.

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  • chris Burns
  • 03-01-22

So much incredible information

An amazing amount of information. Hard to believe the information was basically unknown by the general public. It blew me away.
So much information to try to absorb. I feel like I should have been taking notes whilst listening to it to be able to have a decent recall on what I listened to.
Such a credit to Shari, her team and all of the high level contacts that helped to get all of this information out into the public domain. I hope the information can cause some change to prevent a reoccurrence of what happened in the future. Otherwise next time the outcome could even be much worse.

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  • Scott Charlton
  • 01-29-22

Outstanding

Not the sort of book I usually digest but I wanted to be informed about the issues canvassed. I found the book to be thorough and well compiled. All in all, an outstanding work.

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  • Arausio
  • 11-26-21

A sad indictment of societies lack of curiosity

A fantastic a well researched book. Whether the conclusion is accurate or not is not the point. The most compelling component of the book is how well trained people ‘forgot’ the basics of an enquiring mind. The pandering to the overly loud anti-Trump brigade is galling (and Im not suggesting Trump was a Saint). The argument used in the media was ‘get Trump’ not ‘investigate the story’.

The book highlighted, but did not dwell on, an uncomfortable consequence of globalisation. ‘Bad things’ can be overlooked, so long as ‘we’ are not implicated and it does not take place in ‘our’ backyard. Yes, ‘we don’t agree’ is easy to say, but ‘we’ wont take action whilst ‘we’ can gain some benefit.

A great book, but remain skeptical. Lots of ‘facts’ presented and well argued, but a curious mind would want to validate them.

Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-21

A must for anyone curious about covid19

An insightful well researched insight into the origins of the current pandemic. It not a conclusion to the origins as much as it is an exposure of the rampant silencing of anyone who knows what really happened in Wuhan. I am super intrigued now.

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  • Mark
  • 11-06-21

Super sleuth investigative journalist extraordinaire the definitive account of what happened in Wuhan.

Brilliant! So wide in scope, so deep in forensic investigation, the interviews of whistle blowers, secret service, highest political Leaders, Scientists, Doctors, and much more. I.T. Commercial transactions and on an on. Incredible body of work by Sharri and her investigative team.
Narration to match 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all round.
Thanks to all involved. Including Audible in making it available.