The Radium Girls

  • by Kate Moore
  • Narrated by Angela Brazil
  • 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls.
As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: They had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly and instead became determined to fight for justice.
Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters, and court transcripts as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring 20s who themselves learned how to roar.

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Couldn't get past the reading style

The book is great but I'm going to request a refund for the audio book. We couldn't even listen past a few minutes because the reader pauses in the middle of sentences where you wouldn't normally pause and fluctuates her volume in a way that is strange and hard to listen to. It doesn't flow at all and it extremely hard to listen to.
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- Historyguy

Loved the story but...

I loved the story, the history in it, the shadiness of big business. Everything like that. The story was what compelled me to finish the book. The narrator on the other had was extremely difficult for me to handle. The reading was fine, speed and accent was fine. However you could hear every swallow, mouth movement and lip smack. It was so distracting and I could barely handle it. The editing of this was horrible. It seemed like every sentence you could hear it. So I could not listen to this with ear buds or else I would be so distracted and annoyed about it. Great story but should have just bought the book not the audio version
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- Sara Mckey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books