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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would highly recommend this book in its written form. Except for the author's introduction, read very well by her, I was unable to tolerate the affected way the narrator read the book. I tried for several hours because the topic was so important to me and the book was so beautiful articulated in its depth and perspective about the state of single women in our culture.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator probably has a lovely voice, but she choose to read at a clipped, authoritative cadence that was officious and very off putting. I had recommended this book to a close friend and she had the same experience. I have listened to several hundred audible books and this one was the first one I could not finish!
Any additional comments?
I hope you will consider reformatting this book with a different narrator.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
If you have chosen not to marry or have kids, this is the book for you! You'll finally see yourself represented! Traister also writes at length about women who have chosen to defer marriage and children until their 30s in order to concentrate on their careers (usually), and women who find themselves unmarried and/or childless by happenstance.
I very much enjoyed the history, the statistics, the stories of the women she interviewed as well as Traister's own experience.
The writing was excellent as was the audio narrator.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
this book brings a fresh view on today's society based on history and real life stories. Perfect read for single or married women, man or boys and girls. I hope this book could be added in the list of books students should read during high schools and college :)
Perfect blend of history, social policy and human anecdote. The most life affirming book I've read (listened to) in a long time. Puts so much so clearly.
This book purports to be about "unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation". What it actually seems to be about is that it is better to be single than in a bad relationship. Which I agree with, but it's like the author cannot see a relationship where the couple grows together, or does things separately if they don't want to do the same things. It also doesn't seem to be written in any order, lacks structure and relies heavily on anecdata and presenting the author's thoughts as if they are facts.
The book lacks structure, does not cover new ground and is very repetitious.
I found the narrator's voice quite soothing, but she does not clearly delineate chapter headings, which got a bit confusing.
loved this story of female emancipation. it's not the typical feminist read. well researched and not biased