It would be all too easy to read this book about devastating diseases with a basso profundo voice of doom...Instead, narrator Gabra Zackman follows the author's lead and takes a lighter tone. She is especially effective at capturing the author's use of irony and occasional expressions of incredulity. This makes the narrative flow more easily and keeps listeners engaged.-- "AudioFile"
Narrator Gabra Zackman does a wonderful job accentuating the tongue-in-cheek aspects of these riveting accounts and will leave listeners with the impression that some ancient plagues were better handled than modern ones.-- "Library Journal (audio review)"
Wright brings a reliably sane and bitingly funny voice to a topic we never realized we wanted to know so much about: historically devastating plagues! Read this...so that you can soon amuse your friends with the best dinner party conversation ever.-- "Nylon magazine"
Leadership, religiosity, power structures, and science collide...written with Wright's signature humorous tone, this is a grim but engaging look at some of humanity's most feared foes.-- "Bust magazine"
This well-researched book is a disturbing, hard-to-put-down reminder that Mother Nature can be a fierce adversary.-- "Booklist"
The author's prose is jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner. Readers will get an intense dose of history, written in a not-hard-to-swallow style.-- "Library Journal"
Wright...adopts a lighthearted approach...to delivering sociologically oriented descriptions of history's greatest epidemics...Wright urges readers to heed history's lessons and to be thankful for vaccines, hygiene, and antibiotics.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Wright has done her homework...Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Jennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titillating, and relevant...Her passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page and makes...Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, a most compelling and important read.-- "Lit Up"