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For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.

Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’ taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The characters you will meet in this audiobook are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A 13-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu...everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.

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

©2021 Michael Lewis (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Raspy narrator

Twenty minutes in and I cannot listen to the narrator any longer. She sounds like she’s reading an erotica novel.

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  • Garrett De Orio
  • 2021-05-05

Flubs throughout narration

It was pretty clear that the narrator was seeing the text for the first time as she read it and that there was insufficient editing to fix even howling errors, such as “six-hundred dollars million” or mispronouncing “The Economist”.

This is likely not so much the actor’s fault as Audible’s, as the problem occurs in a lot of Audible Originals and plagues the news recordings. Audio is the medium: Pronouncing words, including names, correctly and have intonation that makes sense matters a lot.

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  • Brian
  • 2021-05-04

Why not Michael Lewis?

This book is the expected excellent and thorough work by Michael Lewis. After listening to the Chapter 1 excerpt released on his Against The Rules podcast, I immediately purchased the book and began listening as I drove to work. Unfortunately, the narration by Ms. Ojo sounds as if she is auditioning for work as the new Siri. It really pales in comparison to the narration done in the podcast by Mr. Lewis himself, which begs the question - why didn’t he just narrate the full book?!?

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  • JWC
  • 2021-05-05

The Performance Is Awful

The narration sounds computer generated. Weird pauses. Reminiscent of a young music student sight reading a piece of music for the first time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-05

Cannot concentrate on facts because of narration.

Why would the producers of this work allow one of the most successful and popular authors of our time to be narrated by one of the most annoying readers I have ever heard. I wanted very much to hear the entire story, but gave up to buy a text version. 

How could this have happened? (Was this a test of a computer reading the text?)

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  • R. Regli
  • 2021-05-05

Good book bad narration

Focused on California and not the national government. Details the horror story of the American response to Covid-19. Shameful.

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  • Rebecca Kasper
  • 2021-05-06

Please Mr. Lewis, read to us your own books.

I am a longtime fan of Michael Lewis’ books and reporting. I have just started listening to “The Premonition” and will finish. And I am sure I will find it to be well reported, and that it will break down complex things so that even I can understand them. But having heard Mr. Lewis speak so eloquently about his various characters on various media I am disappointed not to hear his voice talk about these.

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  • MMS
  • 2021-05-06

Re-record this with a different narrator immediately

I want so much to listen to this, but I can’t. The narrator is a full stop. Michael, you must do damage control. Re-record this immediately with a different narrator. So many people will turn away because they can’t listen to someone who raises her the pitch of her voice at the end of every sentence like it’s a question, whose voice is edgy, who doesn’t connect with the text (so why should we?).

The best solution would be to either read it yourself or get someone who sounds like you. We want to hear the story you’re telling. Not someone who is phoning it in with a voice that is fingernails on a blackboard. Fix this.

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  • Phyllis
  • 2021-05-06

Dreadful, Awful Narration

So horrible that I returned the book. Was introduced to the book when Michael Lewis read an excerpt on a podcast. Excited to buy the audio book. Crushingly disappointed by the narration.

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  • Donita
  • 2021-05-06

He’s done it again!

I love Michael Lewis books with his gift of introducing us to people we didn’t know & the “look behind the curtain“. Like Malcolm Gladwell, you think you know exactly where the story is taking you and (wait-hold on!) he adds the gray areas...
I read negative comments about the narrator & I will admit that her pronunciation of several words was unique, but her reading has some sass & attitude, & that tone suited the main characters so well.
Only one note of disappointment: I know that it is the current fashion to use profanity in daily speech & authors often quote verbatim, but I have grandchildren (ages 10 & 7) & this is a book that would have been great to share with them to help them understand the scope of the pandemic & they would have been better for having heard it. Audible: Is it possible to release a book like this where the profanity is edited or “bleeped” out? These are quotes from highly educated people. Disappointing.