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  • Breathless

  • The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
  • De : David Quammen
  • Lu par : Jacques Roy
  • Durée : 13 h et 26 min

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Breathless

De : David Quammen
Lu par : Jacques Roy
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    The story of the worldwide scientific quest to decipher the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, trace its source, and make possible the vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Breathless is the story of SARS-CoV-2 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists who study its origin, its ever-changing nature, and its capacity to kill us. David Quammen expertly shows how strange new viruses emerge from animals into humans as we disrupt wild ecosystems, and how those viruses adapt to their human hosts, sometimes causing global catastrophe. He explains why this coronavirus will probably be a “forever virus”, destined to circulate among humans and bedevil us endlessly, in one variant form or another. As scientists labor to catch it, comprehend it, and control it, with their high-tech tools and methods, the virus finds ways of escape.

    Based on interviews with nearly one hundred scientists, including leading virologists in China and around the world, Quammen explains that:

    • Infectious disease experts saw this pandemic coming
    • Some scientists, for more than two decades, warned that “the next big one” would be caused by a changeable new virus—very possibly a coronavirus—but such warnings were ignored for political or economic reasons
    • The precise origins of this virus may not be known for years, but some clues are compelling, and some suppositions can be dismissed
    • And much more.

    Breathless takes you inside the frantic international effort to understand and control SARS-CoV-2 as if we were peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists who led the chase.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2022 David Quammen. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    • Malcolm M Campbell
    • 19/12/2022

    Exceptional “mosaic” of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic

    Through the expert assembly of multiple voices and multiple perspectives, each of them like a tile in a mosaic, David Quammen has constructed a brilliant picture of the current pandemic. While there is some temporal linearity to the story, it is largely a story made from fragments of the entire picture, where the image comes into focus as one stands back and assembles them in their mind’s eye. This may stand as the best picture of the pandemic, captured as we stand in the midst of it. This is science communication at its best. That the words are conveyed so well in this excellent reading make it all the better. Highly recommended.

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    • Mark
    • 05/12/2022

    Educational but dry

    There was too much scientific detail and not enough about the scientists. I learned a lot but the book did not have a rhythm for me. I know more about Covid and viruses in general, but I had hoped for a more engaging narrative. This might be best for a reader who already knows a lot about science.

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    • Randy P
    • 27/11/2022

    STRONG

    Quammen never disappoints. Powerfully written and Roy’s strong narrative voice is clear and easily understood.

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    • Lisa Henderson
    • 23/11/2022

    Fantastic book

    Beautifully written and beautifully told. I deeply appreciate that the author included a variety of perspectives in an even-handed tone, while giving a great deal of humanity and personality to everyone in this story.

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    • Daniel Green
    • 09/11/2022

    As close to solving biggest evolutionary thriller of our time

    If you are interested in the origin of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and this COVID pandemic, this book will blow your mind. Quammen has read everything there is to read, and talked to everyone involved. I’m a biologist, I work with biologists, and Quammen knows more about biology than many of us. I can’t recommend this book more highly.

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    • Blue Dragonfly
    • 08/11/2022

    All We Know So Far About the Corona Virus

    This is one of the few books of have listened to more than once in a row to make sure I didn't miss any important facts. David Quammen writes in a clear way that is understandable for anyone, even if you do not have a scientific background. The narration by Jacques Roy is excellent and easy to follow. For those who want to know what is known about the Corona Virus to date (and what is still unknown about it) it is the history of this enigmatic virus that still affects the world. It is a very clear background of the discovery of the virus, the mistakes made in identifying it, the interference of political disinformation about it and the facts discovered by thousands of researchers world wide. It gives us a concise background of the development of the life saving vaccines we presently have. I highly recommend David Quammen's books. I started with "Spillover" and was hooked. Our world is constantly threatened by emerging zoonotic viruses and it is important to understand why they are so prevalent today. You couldn't do better than to listen to his series of books.

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    • pems-integ-tests
    • 02/11/2022

    Great book and excellent reading

    The topic is/was interesting, the reading of information was very listenable.
    The frank nature of writing made a heavy topic engaging and entertaining to listen too if a person enjoys listening to these kind of topics.