Doris Lessing

  • by Carole Klein
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Both in her personal life and in her literature, Doris Lessing broke the rules. Born in Iran to a critical mother and a father who was shell-shocked during the First World War, she was brought up in Rhodesia. Marrying and divorcing twice, she moved with one of her children to Britain, with little more than an unpublished novel in her suitcase. An ardent Communist before and during the Second World War - when she was married to a German - she distanced herself from the movement long before Communism's attraction faded for others.
Always prolific, Lessing continued to explore uncharted territory with her series of science-fiction novels, further unsettling the literary world when her work was submitted under a pseudonym.
Based on numerous interviews and sources, this book is a timely portrait of a fascinating woman.


What the Critics Say

"Doris Lessing's eventful and controversial life is seen from the outside in this well-researched bio, which is enlivened in audio....What emerges is a serious, analytical work for which Anna Fields's earnest tone, low-pitched voice, and deliberate pace are well suited." (AudioFile)


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I really enjoyed this biography. One of those where you drive one more time around the block to hear a little more. . . It describes the rich and very unconventional life of Doris Lessing in full and well-chosen detail and the narrator is excellent. I found it particularly rich as a narrative of what it takes to live a fully creative life as a woman. I recommend it very highly.
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- Blythe

Doris Lessing Unabridged

This book is an informative account of the life of Doris Lessing. But the style of reading is not suited to the book. The voice is clear, but too matter of fact, more suited to a business report. I am enjoying the content but not the delivery.
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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.