Dangerous to Know

  • by Susan Branson
  • Narrated by Sally Martin
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1823, the History of the Celebrated Mrs. Ann Carson rattled Philadelphia society and became one of the most scandalous, and popular, memoirs of the age. This tale of a woman who tried to rescue her lover from the gallows and attempted to kidnap the governor of Pennsylvania tantalized its audience with illicit love, betrayal, and murder.
Carson's ghostwriter, Mary Clarke, was no less daring. Clarke pursued dangerous associations and wrote scandalous exposés based on her own and others' experiences. She immersed herself in the world of criminals and disreputable actors, using her acquaintance with this demimonde to shape a career as a sensationalist writer.
In Dangerous to Know, Susan Branson follows the fascinating lives of Ann Carson and Mary Clarke, offering an engaging study of gender and class in the early 19th century. According to Branson, episodes in both women's lives illustrate their struggles within a society that constrained women's activities and ambitions. She argues that both women simultaneously tried to conform to and manipulate the dominant sexual, economic, and social ideologies of the time. In their own lives and through their writing, the pair challenged conventions prescribed by these ideologies to further their own ends and redefine what was possible for women in early American public life.

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Female Criminals in the 1800s

Would you consider the audio edition of Dangerous to Know to be better than the print version?

Some audio versions helps me picture in my mind the goings on while I listen. That's a good thing.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Dangerous to Know?

How differently women were treated then vs now. The usual differences.


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

Sally Martin is a narrator that I have heard before, and would not hesitate to listen to again. Good narrator.


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I was voluntarily provided this review copy via Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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- cafurg "Cindy"

Early women who broke the gender barrier

Ann Carson and Mary Clark. Two woman hi began breaking gender barriers in the 1800's...adultery, scandal, murder most foul, attempted kidnappings, counterfeiting rings, theft and more. Ann Carson is revealed in all her infamy and Mary Clark is shown in the light of her accomplishments in relation to Ann Carson. Fascinating story well laid out. The narrator does a good job conveying the tale. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
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- Mary Karowski

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks