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Marj

Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Member Since 2000

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  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (615)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Very good read"
    Overall

    This book was not what I expected, but it truly surpassed my expectations as I listened. The significance of the historical setting in which this flu epidemic occurred became more and more clear as the book progressed. This was an excellent presentation of both the historical setting, the state of medical practice and clinical research, and the events of this epidemic. My grandfather was a young physician at the time of this epidemic, and this put many of the stories I had heard into the proper perspective. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, crisp and clear; a true complement to the story. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Side of Married

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rachel Pastan
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Rubin daughters are three eligible sisters from an affluent suburban Philadelphia family whose well-meaning but domineering mother is single-mindedly determined to see them all happily married.

    Colleen Haile says: "Jane Austen Updated? NOT"
    "Book has to compete with bad narration"
    Overall

    I have tried to listen to this book several times. Every time I try to listen, the narrator's mouth noises make me switch to another book. I can't tell whether she has "dry mouth" or too much spittle, but I hear it with every word. Sometimes the narration is only due to poor editing, but it is impossible to listen to this book. I think I will have to read it on paper.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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