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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Benson Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Fourteenth-century physician Alejandro Canches, caught performing a forbidden autopsy in his Spanish homeland, flees through Europe at the time of the Black Death to escape execution for his heretical deed. When he arrives at the Papal city of Avignon, he is conscripted to serve as a Plague Doctor, and sent against his wishes to the court of England's Edward III.

Unfolding in dramatic counterpoint is the story of American medical archaeologist Janie Crowe, in England at the turn of the twenty-first century to recover from the tragic loss of her family. She digs up a medieval artifact as part of her research, and unwittingly releases a deadly plague bacteria on an unprepared world.

In a future where antibiotics are useless and a past where death is an ever-present fear, these two unwilling heroes from two different centuries are linked by history and defined by circumstance. Here are their stories - the plague tales. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/16/2014

    " I happened on this book by accident and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. I liked how the author mixed the future and the past and had the events in the different times play off eachother. I liked this book well enough to put on my "favorites" shelf and I occasionally reread it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Verstraete | 2/13/2014

    " Discoverd this book by accident and wow! Great details, alternate history in alternating chapters, medieval and modern day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 2/9/2014

    " Parallel tales of 14th century plague ridden London and a futuristic society afflicted with a similar plague. Interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 2/4/2014

    " Entertaining book but nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RachelAnne | 1/29/2014

    " The vision of an antibiotic resistant future is all too plausible, and the parallels to plagues of the past make that possibility even more horrifying. Compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/24/2014

    " Good Book. I often confuse this one with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. The sequel not nearly as good. "

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

    " Not too keen on this. Dialogue a bit wonky - especially during the "modern" chapters and too much "I did the research so now you just have to suffer reading about it". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/17/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books - along with the sequel The Burning Road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/5/2014

    " Nothing fantastic, but a good, solid read if you are a history buff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Porter | 12/26/2013

    " Overwrought...just seemed like a first novel from start to finish. Plenty of good ideas that were either not brought to fruition or were buried by other, less interesting, plotlines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea | 12/14/2013

    " Ok. I liked the medieval story but wasn't that interested in the modern day. There is a part that really bothered me. Benson uses the word "panties" when Janie is packing for her trip to leeds. Do women actually say that word? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/11/2013

    " Met een review 2,5 jaar na leesdatum, moet ik bekennen dat me er niet veel van is bijgebleven (quasi niets eigenlijk). Ik weet dus enkel nog te zeggen dat het ok was, maar zeker geen hoogvlieger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley Evans | 11/27/2013

    " finished a while ago, awesome story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/30/2013

    " I read this years ago. It was fascinating and a great thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 8/4/2012

    " I loved this book. I had never read much historical fiction, but this book made me a big fan. Of course the time travel is what got me hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grambulance | 3/31/2012

    " I had no idea what the premise of this book was when I began reading it. I was bored and found it in my mother's basement. I'm glad I found it. The story is captivating and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 10/9/2011

    " A great book. It is a real page turner. The characters are real and the plot is well done and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna Whittier | 7/12/2011

    " I'm on page 600 of The Plague Tales, almost finished it. Loving this book! I accidentally discovered this book on the shelf of the library and have devoured it. What a nice surprise! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 2/10/2011

    " ok, kind of stupid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theroes | 12/10/2010

    " one you can't put down - though perhaps like a movie where you are amazed that they can actually continue to get themselves out of one close scrape after another - amazed, as in - how was that really possible. I loved it anyway, though. The best of plague meets sci-fi/time travel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 11/13/2010

    " Basically two stories in one, bouncing back and forth between medieval times and future, though it finally comes together at the end, if somewhat predictably... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/23/2010

    " Good book! Two stories in one: the plague in England in the 1300s and an outbreak in the 21st century. Very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Syzygous | 4/11/2010

    " I give this two stars because I made it about halfway through and half of that was very good. The storyline in the middle ages is much more engaging and the writing is better (although still very clumsy). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 2/9/2010

    " Parallel tales of 14th century plague ridden London and a futuristic society afflicted with a similar plague. Interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/15/2010

    " Good Book. I often confuse this one with Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. The sequel not nearly as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RachelAnne | 12/11/2009

    " The vision of an antibiotic resistant future is all too plausible, and the parallels to plagues of the past make that possibility even more horrifying. Compelling. "

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