Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard Audiobook, by Paul Collins Play Audiobook Sample

Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard Audiobook

Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard Audiobook, by Paul Collins Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538558218

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:30 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

19:11 minutes

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Publisher Description

A delectable true-crime story of scandal and murder at America’s most celebrated university

On November 23, 1849, in the heart of Boston, one of the city’s richest men vanished. Dr. George Parkman, a Brahmin who owned much of Boston’s West End, was last seen that afternoon visiting his alma mater, Harvard Medical School. Police scoured city tenements and the harbor―some leads put Parkman at sea or in Manhattan―but a Harvard janitor held a much darker suspicion: that their ruthless benefactor had never even left the Medical School building. His shocking discovery engulfed America in one of its most infamous trials, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. John White Webster, Harvard’s professor of chemistry. A baffling case of red herrings, grave robbing, and dismemberment, it became a landmark in the use of medical forensics. Rich in characters and atmosphere, Blood & Ivy explores the fatal entanglement of new science and old money in one of America’s greatest murder mysteries.

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“A nimble writer, the author skillfully sets the stage for this nineteenth-century murder mystery…A vivid true-crime tale from a fascinating bygone era.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “Mesmerizing…A fine mixture of true crime, historical exposition, and class conflict in mid-nineteenth-century American history.”

    — Publishers Weekly

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About Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an author specializing in science writing, magazine writing, history, and memoir; his books have appeared in a dozen languages. He is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Portland State University.

About Kevin Kenerly

Kevin Kenerly, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, earned a BA at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in more than twenty seasons, playing dozens of roles.