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Ten Days in a Madhouse

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nellie Bly

Narrated By: Alys AtteWater

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: December 2016

Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes


In 1887 Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper writers, and a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and “stunt” reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her purpose was to discover what life was like for those who had been deemed insane. She was surprised to discover the depth of mistreatement of the patients. Partially as a result of her reporting, more money was allocated to the asylum and reforms were put into place. (Summary by Alice)


  • Suzanne M.

    Great listen!

  • Anonymous

    Very good book, but sad. Narrator did a good job.

  • Jennifer C

    Such a compelling narrative. Sounds like it could have been used as inspiration for American Horror Story: Asylum.

  • Aga Kuleta

    Very interesting yet sad and quite shocking book giving us a unique opportunity to peek into the scary world of XIX century psychiatric hospital. The narrator did a really good job of acting the parts, she's very pleasant to listen to without sounding monotone.

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