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E. Birdsell

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  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Murphy
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

    E. Birdsell says: "Don't expect technical depth..."
    "Don't expect technical depth..."
    Overall

    I was disappointed by the book. I felt too much time was spent on the nuances of people’s lives and how they reacted to the event. It seems that the author is much more interested in the people than the topic. I get the feeling that this is just another “people in crisis” book within the setting of a yellow fever epidemic (and even in that light, it’s not particularly well done). It’s not until the last 20 minutes that the author finally gets around to explaining how it’s spread. I thought that if the author could spend the time to patronizingly explain supply and demand economics, he could have surely bothered to take a few minutes to explain what yellow fever does to the body that actually causes the symptoms (some of the symptoms are very interesting, I’d like to know why).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2069)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (958)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Didn't know old navy stories could be interesting"
    Overall

    I've thoroughly enjoyed working my way through this series (I'm on book 10 so far). Each book has been truly enjoyable. I generally grab the next book every couple of months and it's always been a joy to return to the lives of the characters. Tull's reading is excellent and, as other reviews have mentioned, always seems to hit just the right emotional tone. I always use this series as a treat after I've had to endure a particularly bad book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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