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Sintesi dell'editore

In 1887, Nellie Bly had herself committed to the notorious Blackwell's Island insane asylum in New York City with the goal of discovering what life was like for its patients. While there, she experienced firsthand the shocking abuse and neglect of its inmates, from inedible food to horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Ten Days in a Mad-House is Bly's expose of the asylum.

Written for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, Bly's account chronicles her 10 days at Blackwell's Island and, upon its publication, drew public attention to the abuse of the institutionalized and led to a grand jury investigation of the facility. Ten Days in a Mad-House established Bly as a pioneering female journalist and remains a classic of investigative reporting. This edition also includes two of Bly's shorter articles: "Trying to Be a Servant" and "Nellie Bly as a White Slave".

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dana B.
  • 29/10/2016

Laurel Merlington was the perfect voice to narrate

She was able to tell this story so well, I felt like I was listening to Nellie Bly herself. She made it interesting and easy to distinguish by giving different characters different times of voice and accents. The story was great too, I felt like I was there with Nellie as she endured hardship to help the people have a better life.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amanda W.
  • 26/10/2018

Nellie Bly is an American hero!

From start to finish, I was engaged in this book. Nellie’s bravery and tenacity led to the uncovering of the despicable treatment of mental patients in 1880’s America. If not for her, I don’t believe the mental health sector would be what it is today!

I listened to this book in one sitting, and it was an incredible look at the treatment of those deemed “insane” on the smallest infractions. I think everyone should read or listen to this book!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Annie Barrett
  • 08/12/2017

Fascinating

This was an incredibly fascinating and sad story. It's a shame how those poor women were treated. This book made me want to dive deeper into Nellie Bly's life and find more of her work. I felt the story about her time in the asylum ended abruptly, but that was my only complaint. The narrator's voice was strangely soothing and she did a fantastic job changing voices for each character.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • positively elizabethan
  • 31/03/2022

Investigative moxie

Excellent narration! Bly's 1887 undercover stint and subsequent reporting on conditions at a New York insane asylum created a sensation, and spurred a large-scale investigation of the facility.

Also includes 2 shorter pieces in which she investigates employment agencies for young women, and works at a paper box factory.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Christine Ciana Calabrese
  • 23/01/2022

Lots of time leading up to the asylum

I only wish she would have devoted more time to the asylum itself, rather than the drawn out process of duping everyone. The book is only 3 hours long and that first hour dragged a bit but liked it overall.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Michelle E. Brandeberry
  • 23/11/2021

Brave!

Nelly Bly may be one of the bravest women to ever live! Thank you for this inside look.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • GEDYR
  • 16/11/2017

A Truly Inspiring Heroine!

Nellie Bly's bravery threw open the medieval doors to the then barbaric world of psychiatric "treatment" facilities. Thank you for all your courageousness!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • rick
  • 18/01/2022

Pioneer for ASYLUM ABUSE AWARENESS!

This book is amazing 🤩 Nellie Bly was a courageous woman to do what she did and enter this institution, especially, for its time! I loved everything she did for exposing the asylum abuses!! The narrators performance was so good and exactly how you would imagine it would have been!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LBB
  • 14/01/2022

Heartbreaking

Written in 1887, this short book is a heartbreaking, honest look at the inner workings of an asylum for(as referred to in the past) the mentally insane... even when many of the individuals committed are nothing of the kind.

Nellie Bly, a journalist, masquerades as "an insane woman" in order to gain first-hand access to the real story about what goes on behind those closed doors. What goes on behind those doors is as horrific as it is tragic.

Her story made help possible, and in my view, that it's the noblest form of journalism.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • just asking for some common sense
  • 24/11/2021

What a Brave Woman Nellie Bly Was!

I had heard about this book and knew of Nellie Bly's bravery, but after listening to this my respect for her grew tenfold. This female journalist managed to get herself committed to an insane asylum despite being completely sane in order to expose the treatment of the patients. From listening to this I'm guessing that she didn't anticipate just how horrifying these places could be. If things had gone wrong she might have ended up committed and in the asylum for ten months, or ten years, or the rest of her life. She did this selflessly. Thank goodness she was able to get out of the situation after just ten days. Her account of those days helped a lot of people get better treatment.

If you have ancestors who were in an insane asylum, do not ever be ashamed. They may have been wrongly committed or been kept for far too long because there was no real treatment. There life during their stay was probably a living hell.

There are two shorter stories, but they don't have the emotional impact that her account of the asylum has. The narrator is really great and enhances the story.

We have a long way to go in this society in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Things would be much worse without Nellie Bly.

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  • Generale
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  • Andy
  • 30/08/2017

captivating and unnerving

a captivating story taking you into the asylum and also the late 19c American era. wonderful.