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Publisher's Summary

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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Poor narration

The story and the characters are great, and typical of the excellent work that Michael Lewis does (I have read or listened to 6 or more of his books). However, I almost turned this audiobook back in because of the narration. The odd mispronunciation is OK, but the recording director should be able to catch and fix them. Of much greater irritation was the actual "voice" of the narrator: too gushy, uneven, with a curious lilt and strange emphasis that is reminiscent of "valley speak." It took me several less-than-enjoyable hours to adjust to it. Accordingly, I cannot recommend the audiobook to anyone.

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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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Why is Michael Lewis not reading his own work?

For fans of Mr. Lewis's excellent podcast "Against the Rules" it will come as a disappointment too learn that he is not the reader of his own work. While his prowess as one of the greatest living non fiction writer is never in doubt in his most current endeavor one can't help but wonder what might have been if only we could have heard his inflection and intonation as well as his words this time around.

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Disappointing

I read almost everything Michael Lewis writes, and looked forward to listening to this Audible product. It let me down in two ways - the story on its own is a repetitive, sad tale of complete mismanagement and personal agenda trumping community good - and, the execution of the book, I found it complicated, tiring to listen to, and did not enjoy the choice of narrator. I was looking forward to hearing Michael Lewis, and was expecting that voice - I tried.....maybe this is one of those things that is better enjoyed as a book versus a listen.

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Alternate title, How the CDC failed us all

Fabulous piece of investigative journalism.

Two things that I got from this book.

One, that there are still heroes out there, that place the truth as more important than themselves .

Two, that absolute power, continues to corrupt absolutely.

Once the American government fails, this work will be cited in lessons as to how not to run a civil beurocracy.

Well done Michael.

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Another winner from Michael Lewis

Wonderful insightful story, great background research and well narrated. So many things about the story you would never know without this book

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  • TK
  • 2021-07-09

So captivating.

One of Michael Lewis's best yet. Already recommended to anyone I know who either works in the science community or government.

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Excellent story, but I did not like the narrator

Michael Lewis read the first chapter on a podcast, which is why I decided to purchase. He should have done the whole audiobook! Overall I am really enjoying this book (I'm not finished quite yet) but the voice is really irritating and the cadence is off. It's a testament to how good the book is that I will finish it anyway.

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  • Ben
  • 2021-06-29

Awful reader

This is a truly fantastic book. It’s a debrief of what happened. It’s a need to know book and all should hear this story. However, the person reading is truly horrible actually torturous. Just a forewarning. I’m not sure how the reader gets picked but however did this should be fired. Truly a disservice to the author and all his hard work in such an excellent book. I have less 2 hours to go to the end and I’m just taking a break to vent.

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Eye opening as usual from Michael Lewis

As one would expect from Michael Lewis, this is a fascinating if depressing story of the failures of the US government to act as leader in public health and the triumph of brave individuals to step up and try to save the day. I found the narrator painful to listen to and hard to screen out but it was worth continuing to the end.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alex N. Payne
  • 2021-05-04

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As a person that only listens to books, the narration it vital. We know the author is male. Why the publisher chose a women’s voice, one that is wispy and high pitched is a mystery to me. The lack of correlation between the story and the voice is so significant, I’m not even “hearing” the story, just a voice out of place. I hope they republish it with a male narrator.

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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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  • Muslim Hussain
  • 2021-05-04

Why choose this narrator

I was looking forward to this book for some time but am struggling to enjoy it because of the narrator. Hope there is an alternative available soon.

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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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  • 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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