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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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London's Great Plague of 1665 devastated the city, as Europe's final bubonic outbreak killed thousands of helpless citizens. Daniel Defoe, author of the classic Robinson Crusoe, was 5 years old when the Plague swept through London, and grew up hearing many stories - some truthful, others exaggerated - of its deadly effects. Blending those anecdotes with his childhood recollections and factual data from government registers, Defoe wrote this comprehensive account of what happened to London in 1665. Both a harrowing historical novel and a reliable journalistic record, Defoe recreates a living, suffering city trying to cope with an incurable, rapidly spreading disease. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob Young | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting historical fiction about a horrible, horrible time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Redsteve | 1/24/2014

    " An early docudrama. Daniel DeFoe's fictionalized account of the 1666 Plague of London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by maven | 1/17/2014

    " Considered as a work of fiction, it's not much of a novel, rambling around and sometimes repeating itself, including some dry details about the numbers of dead (including charts). However, as an account of the plague, written by someone who experienced it, it's pretty fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ebeth | 1/3/2014

    " This is an amazing novel. Because Defoe was born right before the Black Plague spread, he was able to recreate what it was like incredibly realistically with chilling detail. When Defoe wrote the novel, no one knew the cause of the Black Plague, and the fear that it could happen again bleeds through the writing. The sense of helpless confusion in not knowing how a whole family except one member could become sick is harrowing, and the terror and mob mentality in coping with such situations is horrifying. This novel is an excellent view into the nightmare world of the 1650's. "

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