Diseases and Human Evolution
- Narrated by: J. D. Smith Jr.
- Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-10-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Ethne Barnes offers answers to these questions, using information from history and medicine as well as from anthropology. She focuses on changes in the patterns of human behavior through cultural evolution and how they have affected the development of human diseases.
In a clear, lively style, Barnes offers general overviews of every variety of disease and their carriers, from insects and worms through rodent vectors to household pets and farm animals. She devotes whole chapters to major infectious diseases such as leprosy, syphilis, smallpox, and influenza. Other chapters concentrate on categories of diseases ("gut bugs", for example, including cholera, typhus, and salmonella). The final chapters cover diseases that have made headlines in recent years, among them mad cow disease, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.
In the tradition of Berton Roueché, Hans Zinsser, and Sherwin Nuland, Ethne Barnes answers questions you never knew you had about the germs that have threatened us throughout human history.
The book is published by University of New Mexico Press.
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By Megan on 08-01-16
Great content, truly terrible performance
The subject matter and writing are great, but the reader sounds like the digitized monotone of your GPS. It's actually very difficult to listen to, and whomever selected this particular gentleman to read has done the author a terrible disservice. Recommend listening to a sample to see if you can get past the dreadful narration before committing to the purchase.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By prodarwin on 21-01-18
Book ruined by the reader
Would you try another book from Ethne Barnes and/or J. D. Smith Jr.?
I am fascinated by the topic and have now bought the book in written form. I can't really say how I feel about the book until I've read it.
Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?
It was extremely difficult to overcome the awful mispronunciations and cadence at which the reader dashed through the book. It didn't seem to be too technical at all and the concepts were straight up.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
This writer should demand the book be reissued by Audible because this reader was the worst I have ever encountered.
Was Diseases and Human Evolution worth the listening time?
I was driven to distraction by this reader. Wish I had listened to a sample or read the reviews of the reader given by others.
Any additional comments?
Dreadful, awful, terrible reader. He should stick with his day job. Honestly, I did not want to write such a negative review about the reader but some people will blame the book's author for the tedious drone of mispronunciations. Better yet, he should get himself down to the Caribbean and let them illustrate how to speak the English language with some lovely inflection!!!! If I had to hear hemoglobin mispronounced one more time I was afraid I would wreck the car!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful