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by | Read by Myla Goldberg, David Aaron Baker, et al.

Fiction • 11 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2005

Lydia Wickett creates a patent "remedy," and her husband writes soothing letters to their mail-order clients. Wickett's Remedy and the travails of WWI soon drift off, while Boston's 1918 influenza epidemic takes center stage. Author/narrator Goldberg gives a straightforward reading. Unfortunately, numerous interior monologues and voices from the dead (done by the supporting cast) slow things down and add confusion. Additionally, these insertions are so over-reverbed that the echo threatens to overshadow the text. Excessive incidental music and sporadic, gimmicky sound effects represent a clear case of overkill. Audio purists will be irritated by the frequent interruptions to the narrative flow of this ambitious tale from the author of BEE SEASON. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]



Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2005

CD ISBN 073932232X $39.95 • Nine CDs

DD ISBN 0739322338 $27.97


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2005

CS ISBN 1415924651 $63.00 • Seven cassettes

CD ISBN 141592466X $81.00 • Nine CDs

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