The story had me rivited.
How would you feel being in Typhoid Mary's Shoes?
The whole experience just made me wish for more.
A glimpse into the past. Not just her life, but the way people lived at the beginning of the 20th century. The story was very interesting, and was very well done. People really didn't expect much out of life back then. When you really look back into history realistically, it wasn't as romantic and exciting as we are lead to believe. Great Book!
Worth the listen!
It kept me listening till the end. I didnt want it to end.
Mary was my favorite. did the Irish accent well.
The life and times of Typhoid Mary.
Definitely will recommend it !
I think this is my favorite audiobook I've every listened to. I normally have a hard time listening to audiobooks. I get distracted and have to go back and re-listen to parts of the book, or I can only listen to about 30 minutes at a time before I'm ready to do something else. Not this book. This one had me captivated and looking for opportunities to sneak in extra listening time during my day.
The Chaperone because it's a novel based on true events. And Sin in the Second City because it made me really feel for (and sometimes take the side of) the person who was probably doing the wrong thing.
Candace Thaxton's narration gave an added layer to the story. Her voices and accents for each character, especially Mary, made it easy to imagine that I was in the story.
What I was expecting was to be informed and perhaps educated a little about "Typhoid Mary". What I got was a totally satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction.
As a wanna-be writer, I am totally jealous of Keane's work. I would love to spend a few hours with her to compare notes and hear first-hand how she came to write such a wonderful novel. As a person who spends about three hours of research for every hour of writing, I totally appreciate what she has accomplished.
I truly enjoyed this novel about Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary. I didn't know much about Mary before reading this book and I found it fascinating on many levels - Mary's life in NYC in the late 1800s and early 1900s, her inability to understand that she was a healthy "carrier" of a potentially deadly illness and the way the medical community dealt with outbreaks of illness in a time before vaccines and antibiotics. All of it fascinating. The narrator was easy to listen to and did a decent job with Mary's brogue. An enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed this book, I am not sure how historically accurate it is but I really don't care. It was a great look into the possible perspective into the thought process that Mary may have had. I actually like the storyline of Alfred and Mary, I like that it was about Mary's life not just typhoid fever.
The story shows a historical perspective on how women were treated, how immigrants were treated and also gives perspective into the immigrants in the lower east side how they lived and the struggles they faced daily.
It was interesting to think about how disease can be passed unwittingly from a carrier, how the government dealt with it then vs. how they deal with it now.
It also has a storyline highlighting addiction and how it not only effects the addict but the people who care about the addict.
All in all a very good and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
Constantly in search of the perfect listen.
Was Mary Mallon just a scapegoat? A victim of a paranoid society willing to vilify and discard a poor, Irish immigrant and domestic worker based solely on shoddy science and sensationalism? Fever tells the story as "Typhoid Mary" may have told it herself. Through her eyes we get an insider's view of early 20th Century New York City and of the perfect storm she was swept up in. Not a meek, unsophisticated victim at all, Mary is a woman ahead of her time in many ways: unmarried by choice, a bread winner, a skilled cook, and a fighter. She does not simply accept her diagnosis, and by questioning the science behind the accusations she adds pressure on the doctors to better understand the spread of disease, and on the legal system to address issues of public health and civil liberties. This is historical fiction at its best.
Engaging and captivating.
The story of Typhoid Mary's life and of New York city at that time.
A bit more factual information in the epilogue - three or four sentences - regarding Mary would have been very interesting. Overall an excellent book.
I am very happy to find novels, fiction or not, that deal with 19th century USA. Fever fits perfectly into this need to feel present in that past world. Candace Thaxton's delivery is very good at creating the individual characters and a very modern,at ease description of the city of New York at the turn of the century. I loved it. I felt I understood how it would be to walk down the lower East side of the city at that time. As a modern working woman, i also appreciate hearing a description of what a working woman of that time had to do to get and hold a job, even what types of jobs were available to women.