Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol 1: 1884-1933

  • by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • Narrated by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eleanor Roosevelt is the most important woman in American political history, and in this definitive biography, Blanche Wiesen Cook recreates her in all of her roles -- as a visionary, an activist, a political wife, and a woman far more independent than we knew.No other First Lady has had a greater influence in the course of democracy in this century, and no other book about Eleanor Roosevelt captures the complexity of her character - her wit, her passion, her boldness, and her commitment to greater dignity and security for all women and men.


What the Critics Say

"This highly readable, well-researched work of feminist scholarship erases the image of the young Eleanor Roosevelt as a long-suffering, repressed wife and presents her as a strong, ever-evolving individual." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Can't rate content, can't listen to this voice

As interested as I am in this biography of Eleanor R, I can't listen to this recording. The voice of the author is very irritating to me - to other Audible friends as well. We had to let go of this one. Very disappointing to have paid for a book only to have to put it aside because of the poor presentation.

The publishers review should have included this flaw!!!

Much better to have a professional reader than an author's voice that's not trained for the job.
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- Veronika

Good for a quick intro but...

Interesting but a little too abridged. I try to avoid abridgments. No full-length audio version is available. It's wonderful to hear the author's voice but she reads very quickly and without much inflection. Can't wait to read it for myself -- I've ordered the print version!
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- Anne Blue Wills

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books