I have been listening to a lot of great audiobooks lately, so it was definitely a challenge to pick just one to feature. But there is definitely one that stuck with me – to be fair, it might just be because it’s the audiobook I finished most recently – and that is:
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes That Fought Them by Jennifer Wright
Read by Gabra Zackman
7 hours and 44 minutes
I’ve been really into listening to nonfiction lately, and, this month, I thought I’d pick up something a little different. And what’s more different than the history of plagues? But what makes this book special isn’t the fact that I learned a lot about the history of various plagues and their treatments – namely, people were both really gullible and can be kind of stupid – it was that Jennifer Wright managed to inject so much humor into the subject. When I started this book, I was not expecting to laugh out loud, but I did. Several times. It’s definitely been a while since a book made me laugh so much, but I loved it. Even if it was while I was learning about the weird cures for the bubonic plague.
This is the second audiobook I’ve listened to that was narrated by Gabra Zackman (the other was I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which I loved), and I really enjoy her narration style. I think she does a great job with nonfiction. I actually already have another book she narrates in my library (This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel), which I’m really looking forward to listening to! And she is one of the narrators for one of my most anticipated books of the year, Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs, which is going to be really fun. Overall, I think Get Well Soon is a great book and a brilliant audiobook. I can’t remember the last time I flew through nearly eight hours of an audiobook in three days, but I could not stop listening to this one. I highly recommend it (especially if you want to laugh about how dumb the exploding frog cure for the Bubonic plague was – not a joke).
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Get Well Soon one of your two free books!
If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.