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Ten Days in a Madhouse

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Alys AtteWater

2 Hours 42 Minutes

LibriVox

December 2016

Audio Book Summary

In 1887 Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper writers, and a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and “stunt” reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her purpose was to discover what life was like for those who had been deemed insane. She was surprised to discover the depth of mistreatement of the patients. Partially as a result of her reporting, more money was allocated to the asylum and reforms were put into place. (Summary by Alice)

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  • Judith D.

    I had heard of Nellie Bly and her brave act of having herself committed to the madhouse from a passing comment in a TV programme so when I came across the audiobook I thought I’d have a listen; I was not disappointed. Her account is both fascinating and tragic. She presents her narrative in a heartbreakingly honest way but it is thankfully interspersed with humour and written in a way so as to not make it morose despite the subject. I thought the reader did very well with differentiating between characters and read very competently in such a way as we listened to the book not her.

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  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this audio book, it’s engaging and an entertaining story. The narrator had my attention throughout the duration of the audio book.

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  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed it

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  • Silvia B.

    The book is of amazing historical value and totally worth listening to, but the silly voices the narrator pulls when she tries to impersonate the characters in the book, are at the very least, really annoying. It would be much more enjoyable if she didn’t try to impersonate nobody and just read it through with a neutral tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting piece of history. Made more interesting by a very good narration

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  • Alena D.

    Brilliant book about a sad story s as and the narrator is fantastic. This is by far the best Libraxox narrator I’ve ever come across.

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  • Jeff Stewart

    Curious time in history that is (hopefully) long forgotten as far as treatment of those with mental challenges. The narration was awkward. The reader sounded like a high school junior presenting a drama class project. Very limited dialect and characterization presentation.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved this story. A society can be judged by how we treat the those in need among us.

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  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this book. And would recommend

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  • Suzanne M.

    Great listen!

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