Dead on Arrival: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Matt Richtel

Narrated By: Jonathan Yen

Date: August 2017

Duration: 12 hours 26 minutes


A mysterious disorder threatens to destroy the world in this high-concept thriller from Pulitzer Prize—winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, which combines medical science, cutting-edge technology, and breathtaking suspense in the vein of Michael Crichton.

An airplane lands at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. On board, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. A lethal new kind of virus may have surfaced, threatening our survival, and now Martin—one of the most sought after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide—is at the center of the investigation.

The symptoms are the most confounding the experienced doctor has ever seen. Is it the work of terrorists? A biological attack? A natural occurrence? As word of the deadly sickness spreads, panic leads to violence and chaos. Armed and terrified partisans and patriots, stoked by technology and social media, have dug in, unknowingly creating fertile ground for the deadly syndrome Dr. Martin has begun to identify.

As the globe begins to unravel and paranoia and hatred take hold, Martin is forced to face a question as terrifying as this syndrome itself: is the world better left unsaved?

Moving at a breakneck pace from the labs of the Centers for Disease Control to the secret campus of Google X to the marble halls of the Capitol, Dead on Arrival is a brilliantly imaginative, high-concept thriller that draws on Matt Richtel's years of science and technology reporting for the New York Times, and establishes him as one of the premier technological thriller writers working today.


  • Jill S

    As a reader of thousands of thrillers, I enjoyed this novel. A twist on the genre - no spies, no cops, but yes encroaching technology - it was a fun romp. The main character is well drawn, as are the supporting cast. Extended flashbacks interrupted the flow of the narrative, and I felt the author gave away the "big twist" a fraction too early and a bit clumsily. After that, however, the race to the finish line was exciting. However, the reader ruined this book for me. Just simply the wrong choice. He had a sort of mid-western, apple-pie, Garrison Keiller kind of delivery, while the main character was a boozy, washed up, former superstar medical researcher. It just did not fit at all. Add to that to the fact that there was very little differentiation between characters of different ages and genders - the reading was all the same. Wish I had read it on paper.

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