©2003 Jim Murphy; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
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).
A very quick little volume despite the narrator's terrible pacing. The story itself was not that interesting and I felt there was no actual narrative arc, rather just a regurgitation of facts and news clippings.
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.
I would try the author again. The subject is interesting and the writing style is comfortable.
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.
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.
no because the book was the hardest thing to read. it had no bace line story. it had no character description, it was mostly boring to read.
maybe if it was not a history book because i did not like this book.
anger and disappointment i was hoping this book would just be ok but its not. this book needs a lot of help if i were to read it again. it is very history and not really cool and fun to read.
if you need a book to write a paper book on and you are the person that can read boring books then this is the book for you
Take diction lessons, with an emphasis on not GASPING for breath after every third sentence.
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.
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