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The Fever Audiobook
The Fever
Written by: 
Megan Abbott
Narrated by: 
Caitlin Davies, Kirby Heyborne, Joe Barrett
The Fever Audiobook

The Fever

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Publisher's Summary

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school, and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman).

©2014 Megan Abbott (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: brutal crushes, competing allegiances, and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful, and utterly unshakeable." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl)

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    FanB14 07-07-14
    FanB14 07-07-14

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Potential Unmet"
    What would have made The Fever better?

    Subjective narrator following each possible cause for the outbreak taking you inside the minds of the girls. Needed more connection and details as opposed to repetition.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Fascinating idea, loosely based on actual events, girls become sick from unknown ailment. Author minimally explored possible causes: was it teenage hysteria, waterborne virus, STD? Repetition runs rampant and frustration increases knowing this book could be much better. The narrator is detached, floating above storylines, causing a feeling of disconnection to characters motives and emotions. Near the end when we're allowed into more interactions and explanations, it's too late.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The female narrator was pleasant, while Kirby Heyborne was an awful choice and Joe Barratt's fatherly voice was unbearable. With the semi-erotic undertones of the girls, the dad's voice seemed perverse and gave me the heebie jeebies.

    Audible...why is it so difficult to find and or cast appropriately sounding young male narrators? Is the pool that shallow or is a new casting director needed? May I submit my application?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at potential unmet.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texan back in Texas at long last! 03-18-16
    Amazon Customer Texan back in Texas at long last! 03-18-16 Member Since 2014

    Happy mom of four

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    "The Fever was ok- not bad, but not great."

    I expected this to be better. I love to read and I read a LOT. This had too little substance and focused too much on teenage sex. I'm glad it wasn't any longer. The narration was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann San Antonio, TX, United States 08-03-14
    Ann San Antonio, TX, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Teenie bopper book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, but it would be a good teen book except for the language and adult situations


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was predictable and boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    The main Narrator was irritating especially when he tried to imitate a women's voice. I had a hard time finishing the book because of that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Green 07-18-14
    D. R. Green 07-18-14
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    "Quick read (or listen) nice beach book!"

    Entertaining enough, but not a serious literary event. Quick entertainment, soon forgotten, but there is a time for that, too! I generally prefer a deeper story with better drawn characters, but this may appeal to younger folks and those who don't expect a long, serious book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 07-16-15
    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 07-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Frightening very disturbing."

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. It is too disturbing. The power of cliques. The power of fantasy. The power of manipulation. I enjoyed it. It was well written and very well performed. But I was glad when it was over. I will not read it again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-20-14
    James 06-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I feel duped"
    What would have made The Fever better?

    I'm tired of you guys misrepresenting these books that are clearly aimed at young adults. Maybe if I was 16 years old I'd enjoy this book. I want my money back. I want adult books. This was juvenile.


    What could Megan Abbott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    State that this is Young Adult fiction.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    E. Beavers Nashville, TN 07-14-16
    E. Beavers Nashville, TN 07-14-16

    BeavMama

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    "A complete waste of time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot and narration (in other words, a completely different book!) might have made this a tolerable book. But seriously, this book was horrible in every sense of the word.


    What could Megan Abbott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Burn it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    NO!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fever?

    The super-lame ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is boring and the narration is kind of gross and slimy. I couldn't finish listening to it, even though there was only about an hour left. I finally gave up and found a spoiler review just to know how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ABB 06-23-16
    ABB 06-23-16
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    "slightly annoying narration"

    the performance was difficult to listen to when the younger girl (Deanie) was the focus; the narrator kept emphasizing the wrong word, or too many words in a sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose L. 01-31-16
    Jose L. 01-31-16
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    "Don't waste your money/credits"
    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea what the author was trying to accomplish with this book. It bored me to tears. I could not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06-17-15
    Jennifer 06-17-15
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    "WAY TO PUSH SEX DOWN OUR CHILDREN'S THROATS!"

    The narrators did a wonderful job, thus the 5 stars for the performance. I don't know about all parents but this parent thought this book was way over the top on the sexual scenarios and teen angst about sexual situations. The book could have been good. If you are a parent that wants what is best for your child, this is not the book for your child to listen to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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