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Get Well Soon Audiobook

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them

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A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues - from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio - and a celebration of the heroes who fought them.

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary.

Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we've suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history's most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they've shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

©2017 Jennifer Wright (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Carrie Arnold United States 02-09-17
    Carrie Arnold United States 02-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating."

    This book was definitely worth the credit.
    I learned a lot of interesting facts that I hadn't been aware of before listening to this book.
    I had a pretty good grasp and was fairly well informed about some of these topics in this book but still managed to learn new things even from those.
    I like the way she managed to talk about these things in a somewhat lighthearted yet not irreverent way.
    Of course with the book being less than eight hours in length you were not going to get an in-depth study of any of the topics covered by the author.
    For most people though, I think this book would be very informative and quite adequate for someone who would just like to broaden their knowledge of these historical events.
    I actually did find the section about syphilis quite fascinating.
    Of course not the disease itself but some of the attempts at helping those individuals to try and live a more normal life.
    It is odd how some of these epidemics brought out the best in people and others, not so much.
    I think the narrator was perfect for this book as well.
    I have not listen to any of her narration before but thought that she was very good.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cole W White 03-03-17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I purchased this book thinking it would get a bit more into the science but that's not what it does. Still, it was enjoyable hearing about the various maladies and the outcomes. The reader is fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Cramer 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of human behavior in response to fear"

    This book is 100% entertaining, especially in audio format. I work in public health and laughed out loud many times at the author's dark sense of humor so clearly emitted from a place of compassion and empathy for all those courageous, cowering, brilliant and simple souls that have gone before us.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K. griffith louisa va 02-15-17
    K. griffith louisa va 02-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Such A Great Surprise"

    I never thought I would be so absorbed by a book about this subject matter. I rarely ever read non fiction. So this was a risky purchase for me. Boy did I have nothing to worry about! I sat in the car in my driveway just to keep listening. Ran late leaving for work because I was lost in it. It's also quite funny at many moments. Just such a great surprise.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Kiszka 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A little too "cutesy" for my tastes"

    Although the subject matter was interesting, and I managed to learn from this book, the author's style was a little too descriptive with overly "florid" and opinionated discourse throughout the book. This detracted from the content as did the very poor narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Potato Head UT United States 03-06-17
    Mr. Potato Head UT United States 03-06-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, but not enough depth"

    Interesting to learn about various plagues, but I wanted to know more. Also I did not appreciate the author's swearing and cavalier talk of sex. Narrator was good.

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    Beverly Lee 04-19-17
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    "Amazing. Loved it!"

    I have listened to this audio book twice now. I found the history of medicine and pleagues fascinating. The personal stories along with the political where truley eyes opening. While the humanity and the crulity of so many is not new, to hear about the lack of feeling of some reveried in our nation is totally mind blowing. For historical value, this is well worth your time to read.

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    Julie Chicagoland Area 04-18-17
    Julie Chicagoland Area 04-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "History, comedy, and diseases oh my!"

    One of my all time favorites! Who knew an historical review of plagues could be so entertaining! Loved this audio book!

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    Sarah H 04-17-17
    Sarah H 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Do it!"

    Hilarious and informative! I wish it were longer, but I learned a lot and I already have an advanced degree in public health!

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    "Interesting read, educational and well consrtucted"

    I liked the historical information very much, but found the interjection of political opions not needed.

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