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Robert K. Morris

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  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (279)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "Narrator ruins fine story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    To read, yes. Not to listen to with this narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's re-creation of the times and certainly of the character of Typhoid Mary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did Fever inspire you to do anything?

    Write this notice, if it might be called "inspiration."


    Any additional comments?

    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..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (647)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "a wonder, and wonderful, from beginning to end"
    Overall

    if mitchell, in the sphere of fine writers, borders on genius, so the two narrators, in their own sphere, border on the same.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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