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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | [Jim Murphy]

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.
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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor-recipient Jim Murphy has written numerous stories based on historical events, such as The Boys' War and The Great Fire. In An American Plague, he tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

©2003 Jim Murphy; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This audiobook is sure to be a hit with students interested in medical science or U.S. history." (School Library Journal)
"Murphy's dramatic history book...brings to life the determination and perseverance of a people whose future was uncertain." (Christian Science Monitor)
"History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation's capital more than 200 years ago." (Booklist)

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    E. Birdsell 01-27-06
    E. Birdsell 01-27-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Don't expect technical depth..."

    I was disappointed by the book. I felt too much time was spent on the nuances of people’s lives and how they reacted to the event. It seems that the author is much more interested in the people than the topic. I get the feeling that this is just another “people in crisis” book within the setting of a yellow fever epidemic (and even in that light, it’s not particularly well done). It’s not until the last 20 minutes that the author finally gets around to explaining how it’s spread. I thought that if the author could spend the time to patronizingly explain supply and demand economics, he could have surely bothered to take a few minutes to explain what yellow fever does to the body that actually causes the symptoms (some of the symptoms are very interesting, I’d like to know why).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K. J. Kendall United States 01-03-14
    K. J. Kendall United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    New narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    Content


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Bottino’s performances?

    No


    Did An American Plague inspire you to do anything?

    Take diction lessons, with an emphasis on not GASPING for breath after every third sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to several books but this is the first time that I was made aware of EVERY SINGLE BREATH the narrator took during the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty A. Wright Sugar City, ID United States 01-09-14
    Betty A. Wright Sugar City, ID United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Nice story, not the best narrator"
    What did you like best about An American Plague? What did you like least?

    The story was well done with many quotes from people who lived through the horror. I did not like the choice of reader, the reading is too plodding/careful. He uses inflections with his voice going up and down, but reads at the same pace as if he were reading to a metronome.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Murphy? Why or why not?

    I would try the author again. The subject is interesting and the writing style is comfortable.


    What didn’t you like about Pat Bottino’s performance?

    The reading sounds forced and unnatural lacking the speed variations common in most readings. He is very careful in pronunciation. The reading style just doesn't feel comfortable to me.


    Was An American Plague worth the listening time?

    Yes. I learned a lot about that time in history, the plight of the poor, the heroic efforts of nurses many of whom were black, and how life changed because of this plague.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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