Trade Ed. Audible, Inc./ Brilliance 2017
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-5436-9900-5 $14.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $19.95
Narrator Ralph Lister is working from an excellent text, and this history of the discovery of antiseptic in the latter 1800s can be recommended to a general audience on a number of points. But the horrors of Victorian surgery haven't dimmed in 200 years, and what Joseph Lister did to a dog in the name of science may stop many listeners cold. Ralph Lister is a capable and experienced narrator, but his style of rendering character voices doesn't carry over well into history and biography. For example, must a letter of support from Joseph Lister's students in Glasgow really be read with a brogue? This is a text that requires steadiness and restraint, a narrator who knows how to hold back rather than to accentuate. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2018]
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