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The Great Trouble

A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Written by: Deborah Hopkinson
Narrated by: Matthew Frow, Kimberly Farr
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins

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Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a "mudlark", he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He's being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he's got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe.

But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854 - the day the Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick, and soon it's clear that the deadly cholera - the "blue death" - has come to Broad Street.

Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it's up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Snow's theory before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.

Part medical mystery, part survival story, and part Dickensian adventure, Deborah Hopkinson's The Great Trouble is a celebration of a fascinating pioneer in public health and a gripping novel about the 1854 London cholera epidemic.

©2013 Deborah Hopkinson (P)2013 Listening Library

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  • 2017-01-24

Very difficult to listen to

Cockney accent for the entire book really grates in your nerves. And Wikipedia article on Dr. a John Snow was more interesting.

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  • Tracy
  • 2015-07-27


I don't think I could have stayed with this book if I was reading it myself. The narrative held my interest.

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  • Garieth
  • 2015-08-01

The amazing book about a terrible time

The voice of Eel is cool,the chapters are interesting,amazing,it's like wow how Eel goes through all of this

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