©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).
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.
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.
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