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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
    (352)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (319)

    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.

    Sand says: "A vivid and revealing slice of NYC history"
    "Typhoid Mary"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fever to be better than the print version?

    Candace Thaxton did a fantastic job with the accents of the characters. It added interest to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't know anything about Mary Mallon going into this story. She was a stubborn Irishwoman who didn't believe that she could be healthy and still infect people. For the most part I did not like her. However, the things done to her were not nice either. The turn of the 20th century was a hard time for foreigners with few available jobs and places to live. Mary tried hard to better herself in terrible circumstances. Then she was forced to live in the asylum for years without knowing what could become of her.


    What does Candace Thaxton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought out Mary's frustration with the men in her life. Alfred and her employers could be difficult.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Much of the story made me angry. The doctors inability to make Mary understand that she was a danger was irritating. But Mary's stubbornness about her impact on others was my main issue. She went so far as to change her name and sneak into jobs in order to defy what she was told, but didn't believe. I am glad that she questioned her role in making people sick. I just wish she had acted on it.


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  • 11-22-63 (Free Excerpt)

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointment!"
    "Disappointment!"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63 (Free Excerpt)?

    It's true Stephen King. He has a way of writing that makes you wonder what will happen next and to be slightly uncomfortable about it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't decide from the excerpt


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He reads with a tone that compliments King's writing style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not yet


    Any additional comments?

    I want to buy the whole book, but it's cost prohibitive. I have to read it on my Kindle. That's OK for me but not my 93 year old mother. She's disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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