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Publisher's Summary

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down.

At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

©2000 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Bailey Carr gives a contemporary edge to 14-year-old Mattie in this new production of a stellar historical novel. Carr mines Anderson's talent for going deep into the hearts and minds of teens, giving Mattie a touch of defiant sass and dreamy hope. It's almost a jolt to hear the post-Revolutionary War diction in the dialogue, complete with accents and airs communicating the ethnic and social diversity of Philadelphia in 1793. When Mattie is plunged into the horror of the most severe yellow fever epidemic in U.S. history, Carr's gentle voice guides listeners through what seems like an apocalypse." (AudioFile magazine) 

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Good book, unbearable narration

I love Laurie Halse Anderson’s books but I am going to have to reread this one to know whether I dislike it as much as I feel right now. The narration was *awful*...nearly every line of the first person narrator read in this pleading, whiny tone. It was endless. Even descriptive passages were read in a pleading whine. And when she was narrating legitimately tragic lines, the desperate tone was just annoying since the rest of the whole book was read in a slightly lower intensity desperate, pleading whine. I forced myself to finish it but found myself tuning out large chunks of time just because I couldn’t stand the reading. I can’t imagine how this reader was chosen. Stick to the book for this one!

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I listened to this because it was a book my grandkids read - the story was simple but the narrator went from a low whisper to almost shouting - very hard to listen to

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This book has been a favorite for 19 years now. 10/10 recommended reading. Anyone with even minor hearing difficulties should skip this recording, though. During dramatic parts the narrator whispers then shrieks at full volume the next sentence. Eardrums beware

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Great book!

Coincidentally, all three of my children read his book in school at the same time, so I listened to it on audio. The story was interesting and kept me engaged. It took me a little bit to get used to the reader, but

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Narrator is UNBEARABLE

I regret getting this. The narrator is CONSTANTLY dramatic and it makes the book very hard to listen to. Honestly don't know how this was released like this.

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Very realistic and toching

Fever is one of the best books I've ever read! I listened to all 6 hours of reading in two days! You get feel and picture all the emotions Mattie feels. Its so real and very sad but touching. I would definitely listen to Fever 1793

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Narration was awful...

I didn't love this book overall but Ms. Carr's narration brought it down at least a star for me. I was constantly scoffing or rolling my eyes at her over exaggerated and ridiculous voices and tones. And the volume soaried from high enough to blow out my ears when listening through my earbuds down so low I had to turn up the volume. Seriously...she drove me nuts and the only reason I didn't give up is because the entire book was only six hours.

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Good historical fiction of Philadelphia in 1793

I kept reminding myself that this audiobook was written for a YA audience, hence the easier dialogue. I loved that it was so informative of this severe epidemic in Philadelphia that often goes untold. It’s a great read to get through in a say.

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What everyone else said...

It was pretty good-honestly, it was a little shallow on character development and story. It's suitable for kids and I think my 10 year old son would enjoy it. I enjoyed it as well, but I think the author could have delved deeper into the day-to-day activities and grind and character portrayal. The biggest disappointment was the narration. Like every other critique...it really was awful. I fell bad saying so because I hate to be critiqued for my professional performance, but it was really bad-so bad it was just distracting. It wasn't the worst because the narrator obviously invested her feelings (unlike those that just read robotically) and she did not intone every SINGLE sentence with a high note (Escape from Inferno, third or fourth book narrator replacement---so bad I couldn't finish the last book), but she read every single sentence breathy- like Marilyn Monroe- like a melodrama. The protagonist was clearly a strong and precocious child and should have been read accordingly. But the narrator read every sentence as though it was an emotional moment. It really detracted from the story and made her sound weak.

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my new favorite book

I LOVED YHIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!! IT WAS GREAT IN EVERY WAY!!! I AM SO GLAD I READ IT