This is an incredibly detailed look at not only the Great Influenza epidemic but also how science and medical research changed because of it. It is also exceptionally well narrated (none of the annoying mispronunciations so common in other books--this narrator even went to the trouble to learn how locals pronounce the name of Berlin, NH).
This historically accurate novel (written by two eminent historians of the colonial era) is fast-paced and interesting. It really takes the listener back to colonial Boston. We feel we are there--exactly what a good historical novel should do. The two narrators (actors, really) are nothing short of superb! This is the best produced audiobook I have ever heard. My only complaint, and this has nothing to do with the audiobook version but has to do with the novel itself, is the amount of time devoted to the sexual relationship between the two protagonists in the second half. It's as if the authors have just discovered sex and can't put enough of it into the story. It really does get old after a while. But, having said that--and it is my only criticism--this is a fine novel and a joy to listen to. Time flies while the narrators spin this story. It would make a great book to listen to if you have a really long drive!
Both the book and the narration are very good! This is a riveting story of the troubles encountered by the first women workers in a northern Minnesota mine in the 1970s and 80s. The narration is excellent and the pace of the book is more like a well-done novel than a work of history. I highly recommend.
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