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I would recommend this book only to someone who is interested in hearing a story about Typhoid Mary, but if that person wanted a stellar performance, I'd tell them to forget it.....because the narrator left quite a bit to be desired. She talked too fast, tried to sound like she had an Irish brogue, lacked emotion about 90% of the story, and made me think I was listening to a teenager who spoke like they were reading aloud, but did not FEEL the characters.....The story is fantastic, but I'd read it again before I'd listen to this narrator again. She was terrible!
Mary was my favorite character. I loved learning about what she went through to even get to America, and what she was accused of, and the discriminatory way she was treated. Talk about violation of someone's civil liberties!! Poor Mary was treated like a 3rd class citizen. If only this happened about 30 years later, after antibiotics were starting to be developed. I did feel Mary's pain and how hard she tried to keep herself strong. I admired her spirit and cannot blame her for one minute for going back to cooking, since it was never proven that SHE herself was then"cause" of those people's deaths from typhoid. What a tragic waste of a human being's life.....and the Department of Health owed her a huge apology. I hope no one ever forgets the sacrifice Mary made for science and the human condition!!
Having a person who didn't talk so fast, didn't fake an Irish accent, someone who put more emotion into the reading, and didn't just READ the story....If it weren't for the fact that I wanted to know more about the story behind Typhoid in the early 1900's , I would've asked for my money back on this one because of the terrible narration. She reminded me of how California teenagers used to enunciate their words back when "Valley Girl" talk was popular , I.e. "Oh my GOD!" Not the right person to read this story.
Sloper, so I could pick his brain to get more scientific information from him about what he was studying, the progress in bacteriology being made at that time, and why they felt that Mary was such a high risk person, but the dairy farmer upstate wasn't , nor any of the other purported "carriers." ( I'm a medical professional so would be interested in this.)
Don't let that narrator read any more historical readings.....
What a story!
The Exceptional Life of Anne Boleyn- Anne's rise to fame and fortune was so fast and her fall even faster. She was made out to be someone she wasn't, her reputation was then questionable, and she was not solely responsible for the problems in Henry the VIII's court, yet she ended up the scapegoat, paying for it with her life.
How to Survive the Titanic was similar in that J. Bruce Ismay was used as a scapegoat by the public, although he alone was not at fault for the disaster, which this book exposed.
A male British take on things....made it easier to comprehend.
Had Ismay been more forthcoming & honest when describing events & occurrences, the public may have actually believed in him and sympathized/empathized with him. But because of his strict upbringing, he said as little as possible so as not to incriminate himself, or so he thought, and that had the exact opposite effect.
Honesty and truthfulness should be used everyday and I do strive to maintain that quality. That way I can be true to myself.
Very, very interesting audiobook!! I think the very long chapter about James Conrad was TOO long....it deviated a bit too far from the Ismay story, although I did understand the connection. I just thought it could've been shorter.
Hearing a woman narrate it, and hearing her emotion in her telling of this story.
Obviously, Jane Seymour!!
I've not heard any other performance by Kate Reading.
Yes, when Jane continued to care for her nephews after their father declared them not his own.
Most descriptions of Jane Seymour that I've read portray her as a mousey, dull, frail woman who had no personality...a drone....But this narrative gave me a different perspective, in that she was shown to be a young woman who was passionate in her beliefs, and was quite intelligent. She knew what she wanted and didn't seem afraid to get it, all the while maintaining a sense of self-respect. She was genuinely an honest woman who made the best of what she faced in a time when women were only bargaining tools in a world of greedy, self-indulgent rich men.
The fact that this book covered his entire life, not just his time as King of England.It gave me a very detailed background of Henry's family & ancestors, as well as what was happening in Europe in the 15 th century. From that, I was able to piece together what made this monarch such a fascinating man in England's history. I've read many books on Henry VIII, but this one put together a lot of detail about what the European monarchies were like, and the other religious and political people who were behind the scenes, so to speak.
Not sure right now.
The betrayal of Anne Boleyn.
The most Feared , Maniacal & Beloved Monarch of all time: Henry VIII
Because there is so much information to cover in this book, I felt it was all over the place at first, & I thought the narrator was without passion until about halfway through, but I kept listening and finally things were easier to follow, with a less
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