The Plague and I

  • by Betty MacDonald
  • Narrated by Heather Henderson
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

" The Plague and I" recounts MacDonald's experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly.
"Anybody Can Do Anything" is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family" brightened their weathering of the Great Depression.
In "Onions in the Stew", MacDonald is in unbuttonedly frolicsome form as she describes how, with husband and daughters, she set to work making a life on a rough-and-tumble island in Puget Sound, a ferry ride from Seattle.

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Thank you, Audible!

I have loved Betty MacDonald's books for over half a century and am so pleased that they are now on Audible. Although this wasn't the voice of Betty that has been in my head all those years, it will do very well and I look forward to listening to Anybody can do Anything and Onions in the Stew (possibly my favourite) with great anticipation. I will listen over and over again as I used to read them over and over again. Thank you so much, Audible.
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- Ann Watson

Very interesting and unexpectedly funny!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Betty MacDonald is the obvious first choice followed by Kimi, the intelligent Japanese-American girl who I instantly liked.


Which character – as performed by Heather Henderson – was your favourite?

They were all entertaining. Heather Henderson is a great narrator.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Betty MacDonald's charm and wonderful, witty observations made her book about a killer disease wonderfully entertaining, but it didn't make me laugh out loud. She is a vivacious writer and I will now try some of her other books.


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- stylo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2016
  • Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.