Calling Invisible Women

  • by Jeanne Ray
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she's only really missed when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she's invisible - truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she's been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover immensely -she's not losing her mind after all - but she is crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. She was invisible even before she knew she was invisible.
Clover discovers that there are other women like her, women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. As she uses her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better, Clover leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated no matter what their role. Smart and hilarious, with indomitable female characters, Calling Invisible Women will appeal to anyone who has ever felt invisible.

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What the Critics Say

"Women of a certain age will devour Ray's sly satire on the perils of big pharma, middle age, and the unseen consequences of living the quiet life." (Booklist)
"Offers a lot of witty charm." (Kirkus)
"Jeanne Ray is truly wise and funny about family, friendship, and love - about the ways in which we see (and don't see) each other. Calling Invisible Women is an utter delight." (Hilma Wolitzer)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Surprising.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this was a very entertaining book. I was surprised to find myself pondering deeper issues in what I had imagined was going to be a total bit of fluff.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Invisible Women?

when a visitor noticed the narrator was invisible even though her family had not noticed


Which scene was your favorite?

when the invisible women visited the high school


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

comedy meets consumer advocacy


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the reader. Hope to hear more of her.

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- Pete

This book was depressing and riduculous!

Would you try another book from Jeanne Ray and/or Coleen Marlo?

Probably not.


Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know.


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

Anger, sadness, disappointment that others thought this was a funny book.


Any additional comments?

It was awful.

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- L. Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio