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The Pandemic Century

One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

By Mark Honigsbaum
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 13 hours 39 minutes

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 to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in... Read more »

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Crisis in the Red Zone

The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come

By Richard Preston
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses and a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, told through the story of the deadly 2013–2014 Ebola epidemic
 
Crisis in the Red Zone reads like a thriller. That the story it tells is all true makes it all more...
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Hot Zone

By Richard Preston
Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
Length: 11 hours 1 minute

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story,... Read more »

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The Ghost Map

By Steven Johnson
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world. From the dynamic thinker routinely compared to Malcolm Gladwell, E. O. Wilson, and James Gleick, The Ghost Map is a... Read more »

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Pale Rider

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

By Laura Spinney
Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
Length: 10 hours 4 minutes

In 1918, the Italian-Americans of New York, the Yupik of Alaska, and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus -- one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on twentieth-century history.
The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It... Read more »

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The Great Influenza

The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

By John M. Barry
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 19 hours 24 minutes

In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death... Read more »

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Bird Box

A Novel

By Josh Malerman
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

Bird Box

“Imagine something so terrifying, one glimpse and a person is impulsively driven to commit deadly violence, to oneself and others? Suddenly forced into a world of darkness, covered windows and blindfolds, Malorie must survive for the sake of her unborn child. Finding herself amongst a group of survivors, led by the knowledgeable Tom, Malorie soon learns the threat may not only be outside, but, living inside their house. While switching between the past and present, Josh Malerman's debut novel is a thriller from start to finish. Flash forward to five years later, Malorie is desperate to make a twenty mile journey downriver, blindfolded with the four-year olds, boy and girl. Will their wits and trained ears guide them to salvation or will they encounter the horrific threat that has annihilated most of mankind? Extremely creepy...especially if you are afraid of the dark, like myself!”

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The Book of M

A Novel

By Peng Shepherd
Narrated by: James Fouhey & Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 17 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed Station Eleven, then you’ll love The Book of M.

“Very good audio, keeps you pulled in. Great for fans of "Station Eleven."”

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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel García Márquez, Edith Grossman & Wendy T. Behary, LCSW
Narrated by: Armando Durán
Length: 15 hours 39 minutes

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born... Read more »

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Severance

A Novel

By Ling Ma
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

Severance

“Candace Chen is a first-generation Chinese millennial immigrant who tries to make a life in New York City by succumbing to the role of the office drone who helps create cheap bibles. But when Shen Fever—a plague that causes its victims to perform a rote task until death—hits, only a few survive, including Candace. She soon finds herself in a cult-like band of other survivors heading to the Midwest while also trying to come to terms with her past and the unknowns of her future. With dark humor, sharp intelligence, and compassion, Ling Ma has written a well-constructed, biting satire of capitalism and a moving glimpse into the roles of memory, place, and identity in a life.”

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Station Eleven

A novel

By Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller


An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for... Read more »

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The Stand

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 47 hours 43 minutes

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky... Read more »

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The Andromeda Strain

By Michael Crichton
Narrated by: David Morse
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

First published fifty years ago, The Andromeda Strain redefined the science fiction genre, and immediately established Michael Crichton as one of the brightest voices in contemporary literature worldwide.

"I love anything Michael Crichton writes."--Stephen King

A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper... Read more »

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