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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (920 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Regina O’Melveny Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th-century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.

Then her father disappears, and Gabriella faces a crisis: She is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where - and why - he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany, and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco.

In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight and opens new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.

Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 2/14/2014

    " I love the Italian history, and history in general. Very interested characters, although not entirely captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 2/14/2014

    " Well, think this one might have been just a bit too deep for me. Although I could understand some of the things the main character did, I didn't agree with most. The ending kind of left me hanging, although I'm not sure how it should have ended. Was a different read for me though, so I guess that is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Elizabeth | 2/7/2014

    " A meandering story of a faithful daughter searching for her father. Beautifully written, with an old map of Europe at the beginning. I am a sucker for old maps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sinistmer | 2/7/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book! The description is amazing and vivid--O'Melveny is really good at getting me to picture the settings. It was nice to read something with a historical setting that wasn't necessairly a romance! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronna | 1/25/2014

    " Ever author has something in mind when they write a story. Every reader gets something from that story. For me, the story about the main characters in the 1500's was really interesting, but the rest of the story read like 'ONE FLEW OVER THE COOCOE'S NEST' for me. Psychotic or schizophrenic ramblings with mythical cures. Eat from the wall and disappear---dream about something and end up someplace else----butterflies doing ?what?. Think I'm too literal about medical and psychological issues to really appreciate those parts of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 1/19/2014

    " I wanted to like the book more than I did. The main character just seemed flat and whiney. The descriptions of various countries, cities and medieval medicine were interesting though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 4cats | 12/29/2013

    " this just didn't work for me at all. Sad as it sounds like it could be great but the prose and the characterization seemed weak. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greta | 12/21/2013

    " I could only make myself read 30 pages. One of the most poorly conceived and written books I've picked up in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Haman | 12/11/2013

    " This one takes place in 1580s. It follows the travels of Gabriella, a doctor in Venice at that time. She's searching for her father and goes through Germany, Hollant, Scotia, Gaul and more. She encounters the customs to do with women and women as doctors in each country. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 10/18/2013

    " I was really disappointed in this book. It had been well reviewed, but I'm not sure why. It seemed like medieval research dressed up with the thinnest of plots. A big disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke Stoneham | 6/29/2013

    " Wanted to like this book more than I actually did. :( for me, I think she meandered too long; I could no longer believe that she would go to such lengths for her father. The diseases perplexed me. We're they meant to be metaphors? Or actual "diseases" a doctor of her era would diagnose? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Char | 2/3/2013

    " I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't capture my attention like I had hoped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Chichester | 1/20/2013

    " I recieved this book in the mail and I love it!! I just had to give it five stars. The very beginning just pulled me in and I couldn't stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Morris | 11/16/2012

    " Interesting story but told in a very disjointed way. The ending was very choppy too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/8/2012

    " Did not finish -- such a promising story, marred by uneven writing and interruptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Ooten | 9/10/2012

    " A wonderful premise but so poorly executed. And booooooring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr Daphne | 8/25/2012

    " This is a smart and encouraging book it makes lots of sense it is smart i am repeating because it is hard to explain such a good book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lera Atwater | 8/14/2012

    " Beautifully written, but I simply grew bored with the content. I feel guilty about it. "

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About the Author
Author Regina O’Melveny

Regina O’Melveny’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes. She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and chose to enroll at Callison College—a school of international studies at the University of the Pacific—almost solely based upon the fact that the second year would be spent in India. Thus began her many extended travels that would later inspire The Book of Madness and Cures, her first novel. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award and forty-two AudioFile Earphone Awards.