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.
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.
It was a good read. Kept my interest and it was nice to learn about the average hourly worker in the early 19th century. "Modern Medicine" wasn't an easy pill to swallow for the average person.
I enjoyed every bit of this book! The narrator does a fabulous job with Mary's accent and defining all the characters! I really recommend this book!
To read, yes. Not to listen to with this narrator.
The author's re-creation of the times and certainly of the character of Typhoid Mary.
She pronounces "the" as "thuh," instead of "thee" before vowels. If you can live with this Hollywood affectation, then no problem in listening. It certainly is regarded as incorrect in English and American, grated on my ears every time, and quite ruined the reading.
Very slight differentiation of male and female characters. Very poor attempt at accents, and very inconsistent when she used them.
Write this notice, if it might be called "inspiration."
Yes. I think the narrator might be a good one if she practiced before reading the book and a good director took her in hand. I do blame the publisher, however, for producing the audio book, not her..