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.


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

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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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- Carol

Not at all what I thought

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

No, I would not try another book by this author.

What was most disappointing about Jeanne Ray’s story?

It was ridiculous, I thought it was going to be much more philosophical about the invisablity of women not literal - If that's what they were aiming for they missed the mark completely.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

It wouldn't matter who read it, could not make it a good story,

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

Annoyed I wasted my time reading the whole book.

Any additional comments?

Whoever wrote the summary should have been more clear that it was LITERALLY about women becoming invisable like in bad science fiction.

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- Cathy lorusso

Book Details

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