• by John Smolens
  • Narrated by Kevin Stillwell
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An eloquent and dramatic portrait of a city plagued by mysterious pestilence - as the isolation of the quarantine reveals the darker side of human nature. The year is 1796, and a trading ship arrives in the vibrant trading town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. But it's a ghost ship - her entire crew has been decimated by a virulent fever which sweeps through the harbor town, and Newburyport's residents start to fall ill and die with alarming haste. Something has to be done to stop the virus from spreading further.
When physician Giles Wiggins places the port under quarantine, he earns the ire of his shipbuilder half-brother, the wealthy and powerful Enoch Sumner, and their eccentric mother Miranda. Defiantly, Giles sets up a pest-house, where the afflicted might be cared for and separated from the rest of the populace in an attempt to contain the epidemic. As the epidemic grows, fear, greed, and unhinged obsession threaten the Sumner family - and the future of Newburyport.


Audible Editor Reviews

The title isn’t misleading. Quarantine, cooly narrated in a smooth baritone by Kevin Stillwell, is a fast-paced, suspenseful listen that is indeed about a quarantine.
Set in a small harbor town in Massachusetts, in 1796, the tense action ensues when a trading ship drifts into port. Soon, the town’s residents make the grisly discovery that almost all of the ship’s inhabitants are dead. And a mysterious and highly contagious disease is to blame.
It is up to local doctor Giles Wiggins to stop the deadly outbreak and keep an entire town from being destroyed. Yes, this includes a quarantine...but also some resourceful guile. A gripping listen.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Neatly written bit of historic fiction

This is not a light topic and it's not by nature pleasant. But the characters are fun, and I believe the history to be viable. Not a great book, but certainly a good one.
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- Ellen "I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times."

Reader too slow and plodding

While the story content was interesting, the narrator's approach was too plodding. All the characters' "voices" were the same monotone. I even sped up the pace to 1.25x.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios