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The Fever

Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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Summary

For fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Fever is Megan Abbott's dark and thrilling novel about a mysterious illness that sweeps through a high school.

Deenie, Gabby and Lise are best friends - a tight girl unit negotiating their way through the troubled waters of their teens, a world of sex, secrets and intense relationships.

When first Lise then Gabby falls prey to a mysterious illness, hysteria sweeps their school, and as more girls succumb, Deenie finds herself an outsider, baffled by the terrifying illness and scared that it could all be because of something she has done.

Suffering with Deenie are her dad and her brother, both protective of Deenie, but each with secrets of his own....

The Fever is an explosive novel in which Megan Abbott explores the lethal power of guilt and desire and how mass hysteria can grip a community, making real our deepest fears.

©2015 Megan Abbott (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Story ok let down by narrators

What disappointed you about The Fever?

The narrators are terrible. Whiney and dreadful girl narrators but the man who narrates Deenie's Dad is really bad. I couldn't take him seriously. He sounded like a bizarre whispering creepy stalker. I didn't like the way in the story it sounded like the Dad and the brother was perving on their daughter/sister. Creepy. I had to stop listening. I did give it a good go and listened to about 4 hours but I had to give up. It was starting to feel like a punishment.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The general idea of the story would have been ok but for the actors.

How could the performance have been better?

Better narration.

What character would you cut from The Fever?

The characters were fine. Just the narrators. Might have been better if it was just read and not dramatised with several people.

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this book but if you like cringy, annoying, American accents and weird whispery odd voices then give it a go.

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Good story, problematic narrator

This book is basically an examination of adolescent sexuality. I thought the story was good, and well-told, albeit a little overwritten. But the narrator who reads the chapters from the perspective of the teen girl character spoiled my listening experience. She has an annoying sing-song "upspeak" accents and a strange habit of putting the emphasis on the second-last syllable in the sentence. This, combines with putting stress on the wrong syllable in words, and the wrong words in sentences is confusing and makes her sections hard to listen to. It also then makes it difficult to like or root for her character.

I did listen to the sample before I bought and it sounded okay, but it got worse as the book progressed.

Oh, and like an earlier reviewer, I also thought the father and brother were wayyyy too focused on their daughter/sister's breasts and sexuality. Very creepy.

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