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No one could protect her once she was inside. No friend would hear her if she screamed. A brilliant undercover journalist and actress, Nellie Bly is admitted into Blackwell's Island asylum in New York as a homeless "crazy" lady. What will she be in 10 days?
The year is 1887, and the public is unaware of how patients are treated in asylums. One of the world's first female journalists and an actress, she takes on the role of an insane woman to gain inside access, then writes this expose for the New York World. The risks are high. Misdiagnoses and cruelty set the stage for Nellie's performance of a lifetime. Here is a woman with bravery and heart who brings history to life in this narrative.
Nellie Bly's story will be released as a movie in September 2015, starring Caroline Barry and Christopher Lambert.
Public Domain (P)2015 Suzie Athens
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rochelle on 07-04-15

Pioneer of Immersion Journalism

In 1887, Bly had herself admitted to The Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. In Ten Days in a Madhouse she shares her experience of diagnosis and incarceration for what was deemed a "mental illness."

The book is a remarkable insight into the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in New York in 1887 and at the time her work was published it caused considerably controversy. It’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of psychology, journalism or for anyone looking for some interesting non-fiction.

Bly’s experiences are frightening and disturbing. While incarcerated she meets other apparently sane women who have been confined for reasons such as convalescence from physical illness, poverty and in one case for speaking German and no English. The patients are given nearly inedible food, occasional cold baths and insufficient clothing and heating. Those deemed “dangerous” endure torture from those charged with their care.

Suzie Althens does a fantastic job at distinguishing the variety of characters. Her voicing of Bly is soft spoken and during the stages of deception the voice becomes passive and lacks tone, which is ideal for capturing what it may have been like for Bly trying to convince people she is mentally disturbed. It's a great performance of what is a very interesting book.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sylvia on 10-31-16

Excellent reporting by Nellie Bly

I was shocked & horrified by the mistreatment of the mental patients that were sent to the Blackwell's Island institution for the mentally insane. That being said listening to the story as written by Nellie Bly was an eye opener to the true cruelty that existed for such patients at that time. Nellie Bly herself was an amazing & courageous woman. I highly recommend this book!

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By Bex on 10-25-17

Horrifyingly good.

Loved it all the way. Then narrator did an awesome job at portraying the expressions and the book describing the horrors of how the insane and the assumed insane were mistreated really opens your eyes and rethink about life as we know it.

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