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Fever Audiobook

Fever: A Novel

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Editors Select, March 2013 - Was Mary Mallon just a scapegoat? A victim of a paranoid society willing to vilify and discard a poor, Irish immigrant and domestic worker based solely on shoddy science and sensationalism? Fever tells the story as “Typhoid Mary” may have told it herself. Through her eyes we get an insider’s view of early 20th Century New York City and of the perfect storm she was swept up in. Not a meek, unsophisticated victim at all, Mary is a woman ahead of her time in many ways: unmarried by choice, a bread winner, a skilled cook and a fighter. She does not simply accept her diagnosis, and by questioning the science behind the accusations she adds pressure on the doctors to better understand the spread of disease, and on the legal system to address issues of public health and civil liberties. This is historical fiction at its best. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

A bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman known as "Typhoid Mary", the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 20th century - by an award-winning writer chosen as one of "5 Under 35" by the National Book Foundation.

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.

In order to keep New York's citizens safe from Mallon, the Department of Health sent her to North Brother Island where she was kept in isolation from 1907-1910. She was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary - spoiled by her status and income and genuinely passionate about cooking - most domestic and factory jobs were heinous. She defied the edict.

Bringing early 20th-century New York alive - the neighborhoods, the bars, the park being carved out of upper Manhattan, the emerging skyscrapers, the boat traffic - Fever is as fiercely compelling asTyphoid Mary herself, an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the hands of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes an extraordinarily dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable character.

©2013 Mary Beth Keane (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Andi 05-13-16
    Andi 05-13-16 Member Since 2012

    Reading is the cheapest ticket to a journey in another place and time. Where you can observe peoples deepest thoughts and aspirations.

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    "Worth the hype!"

    When this book came out there was tons of hype over how fantastically written and narrated it was, so I immediately purchases it. Then I was distracted by other books. Now I'm kicking myself that I didn't listen to this book earlier! Like a siren Thaxton's voice will soothe you as Keane takes you on a fast paced read about person that you really wouldn't know a lot about . Often throughout the book Mary is a sympathetic character trying to scrape out a life for her self, with Little regard for other people's lives. She is a hard working woman with great determination and hustle for life, but at the cost of many other people who come into contact with her cooking. I will never double dip or use the same spoon twice while cooking.

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    Deedra United States 05-02-16
    Deedra United States 05-02-16 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    I LOVED this book!It had me enthralled to the end.Candace Thaxtons narration was wonderful.Very interesting indeed.

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    serine 02-02-16
    serine 02-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Like science? Read this novel."

    This book has ruined me for for all the historical fiction novels I have yet to read. It set the bar so high, I feel that whenever I compare another historical fiction novel to this, I cannot help but be disappointed. I bought this on Audible to listen to while I ran on the treadmill. It made my time fly by because it actually felt like I was watching a movie.

    Thank you Mary Beth Keane for coming up with the brilliant idea to write about Typhoid Mary.
    Absolutely recommend. A+

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    Kelly 12-05-15
    Kelly 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Fever?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was excellent in every way. I'm not very familiar with the real case of Mary Mallon so I can't speak to the authenticity of historical accuracy, but it was very engaging and I found myself very immersed in Mary's world and historical New York.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was captivating. It kept me glued to the "what will happen" feeling.


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

    She did a wonderful Irish accent and perfectly captured the air of what I think the author thinks Mary was like.


    If you could take any character from Fever out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mary of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent in so many ways, probably my favorite audio book yet. I loved it.

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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 11-17-15
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 11-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting take on historical figure"

    This was an interesting and informative read. Typhoid Mary is finally presented as flesh and blood and not mere cliche.

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    Karina Olson 11-11-15
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    "A little-known story about a familiar name"

    The story about typhoid Mary gives us an interesting snapshot of the first couple decades of city life in New York for a carrier of the typhoid virus.The author gives a sense of Mary's somewhat early feminist self-confident unapologetic person hide. The character herself is clear about her ideas and her attitudes regarding how she is treated by the medical establishment, journalists, and the community at large. She feels that she is generally misunderstood, and that her dignity is disregarded and unappreciated by those who imagine that she is a disease ridden threat to the community.
    By the end of the story it is clear that typhoid Mary finally perceives the reality did she actually is a danger to the community and that her home on the island in isolation is probably the best place for her to remain. Overall the book was well written and the audio performance was satisfying. Among the various audio books that I have listened which were historical fiction I would not recommend this as being most compelling or entertaining, however I didn't feel that the story was a waste of time.

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    Kiki 100 Stamford, CT 08-04-15
    Kiki 100 Stamford, CT 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great. Beautifully imagined inner life of Mary Mallon. Enjoyed the tidbits of history woven through the story.

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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 07-18-15
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 07-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes sense of the person Typhoid Mary"
    Would you listen to Fever again? Why?

    Fever makes the story of "Typhoid Mary" realistic and also brings up the human rights and gender issues surrounding this case. I assume that the research on the story is true even if the conversations and details fictionalized. This would be a good historic novel for young adults to understand some of the medical discovery and human rights issues surrounding this story. This is a great story to understand the development of research on infectious diseases.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fever?

    The courtroom decision and the consequences for Mary.


    Have you listened to any of Candace Thaxton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No have not listened to others


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

    The Italian widow and her 2 sons allowing Mary to live with them.


    Any additional comments?

    Typhoid Mary is usually discussed as an infectious disease and epidemiology story. I had known none of the details of this woman and the consequences of discovery of carriers. There are important lessons that can be learned from this story.

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    Kandi L. Johnson Floodwood, MN United States 07-16-15
    Kandi L. Johnson Floodwood, MN United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fascinating"

    I was engaged throughout. historical fiction at its best. I knew a bit of the story, but to hear it this way was wonderful. great performance as well.

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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 07-13-15
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 07-13-15 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "Fascinating"

    I enjoyed listening to this fascinating story about "Typhoid Mary" and NYC at the turn of the 20th century. The narrator was outstanding, with just enough expression, but not extreme or distracting. Excellent "Daily Deal".

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