The Fever

  • by Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by Caitlin Davies, Kirby Heyborne, Joe Barrett
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school, and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman).

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What the Critics Say

"With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: brutal crushes, competing allegiances, and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful, and utterly unshakeable." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl)

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Potential Unmet

What would have made The Fever better?

Subjective narrator following each possible cause for the outbreak taking you inside the minds of the girls. Needed more connection and details as opposed to repetition.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Fascinating idea, loosely based on actual events, girls become sick from unknown ailment. Author minimally explored possible causes: was it teenage hysteria, waterborne virus, STD? Repetition runs rampant and frustration increases knowing this book could be much better. The narrator is detached, floating above storylines, causing a feeling of disconnection to characters motives and emotions. Near the end when we're allowed into more interactions and explanations, it's too late.


How could the performance have been better?

The female narrator was pleasant, while Kirby Heyborne was an awful choice and Joe Barratt's fatherly voice was unbearable. With the semi-erotic undertones of the girls, the dad's voice seemed perverse and gave me the heebie jeebies.

Audible...why is it so difficult to find and or cast appropriately sounding young male narrators? Is the pool that shallow or is a new casting director needed? May I submit my application?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at potential unmet.


Any additional comments?

Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.

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- FanB14

The Fever was ok- not bad, but not great.

I expected this to be better. I love to read and I read a LOT. This had too little substance and focused too much on teenage sex. I'm glad it wasn't any longer. The narration was good.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio