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The Great Influenza
- The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
- By: John M. Barry
- Narrated by: Scott Brick
- Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.
A fascinating medical who-dun-it
- By Annie M. on 07-30-13
Decent, if a bit pedantic. Overly-emphatic reading
Imagine Captain Kirk reading a history book written in the 1950's and you'll get a good idea of what this reading sounds like. Scott Brick is usually a very good reader, I have no idea why he decided to make this book sound so overbearing and massively dramatic. Maybe he felt the story was boring and needed some punch? Whatever his reasons, listening to it made my ears tired and had me wishing for sweet silence after just a few chapters.
The book itself could have used a good editor. There's plenty of incredible information here, and some amazing history that was never taught in schools (but should be), but it seems padded with plenty of fluff and some irritating repetition.
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The Four Last Things
- By: Andrew Taylor
- Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
- Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child had disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts...until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?
- By Cranberly on 09-26-05
Well Read - I just didn't like the book.
I'm not a squeamish person, I like blood and gore in the right setting (for instance, one of my favorite movies is Pulp Fiction), but this story of child abduction and molestation just was not enjoyable in any way.
I have read other books with similar settings, and they treated the situation in a way that made it suspenseful without being ugly. For some reason, this book was ugly.
None of the characters were very likeable. The child was nice, but never really fleshed out enough. All the other characters, even the protagonists, were just cardboard cutouts.
The writer tried to give each a complex personality, but their failings made them look not more human, but simply stupid, selfish and ignorant.
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