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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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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2017 - This book was a major unexpected delight for me. I've always been intrigued by plagues but usually just in the realm of sci-fi. I wasn't sure if a nonfiction book on the subject could really hook me. However, in Get Well Soon, author Jennifer Wright presents a whimsical, fascinating, and often hilarious exploration of an otherwise grim topic. Combining history, sociology, and science, she traces some of the most horrific plagues in human history from their origins to their eventual cures. Throughout each narrative, Wright peppers in fun facts - such as the belief that filling your house with onions could stave off the plague - while paying full respect to the victims of these illnesses. Gabra Zackman gives a downright masterful performance, perfectly delivering both the somber facts and wry humor. If you're a fan of Mary Roach or, like me, have even just a passing interest in the topic, don't hesitate to give this one a try. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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
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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.

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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    11 of 12 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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    The Man of Mode 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book poor joke writing"

    The book is fantastic and I appreciate her research being so well done. However, her base liberal jokes seem like listening to rejected material from "last week tonight" which is a favorite show of mine. Or like watching the daily show with Trevor Noah vs John Stewart, it's just lame.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    daniel t stephano philadelphia 03-30-17
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    "Interesting premise, but..."

    This is full of facts and history that I found interesting. Unfortunately, the reader has a very annoying voice which was distracting and Jennifer Wright inserts dozens of asinine, unfunny quips and editorial comments. It is very distracting because there is a lot of good detail in there but unfunny people should not try to tell jokes.

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    alan 05-29-17
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    "Highly informative with a humorous twist"
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    As a physician, I found the book informative and fascinating. The book was medically accurate, although a little simplistic in places. The background story of the individuals involved added to the medical data presented. Wright's very dry sense of humor was genuinely funny and entertaining. The only problem was the narration. The reader had frequent bursts of too rapid reading, with a nasal tone. It was actually difficult to understand during some of the hurried segments. Overall though I would still highly recommend the volume to medical and non-medical persons alike.

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    Anne Lubout 05-17-17
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    "Relatable history"

    A witty and passionate recount of past plagues and the interesting people who fought them.

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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