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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The time was well spent, and I enjoyed the focus on 4 main characters in bringing the story alive. However I found the focus on several main themes (e.g., the context of the times) was repetitive and got tiresome. The book could have been better edited I thought.
What did you like best about this story?
I was always interested in the subject matter, as I was very active in the women's health movement in the 1970s.
What didn’t you like about Gayle Hendrix’s performance?
I was very annoyed by the narrator's cadence, her sing song manner of narrating the book, and her emphasis on wrong phrases (or so I thought). This was my least favorite aspect of the listening experience and the worst narrator I've listened to.
Was The Birth of the Pill worth the listening time?
Yes it was as an important piece of social history.
Any additional comments?
I was very struck by the details of how clinical medical research was conducted in the 40s and 50s- with little informed consent, on mental patients and prisoners with no protections at all. It was also amazing how the Pill was developed- with very little real funding and only through the largess of basically one wealthy champion, but always with Margaret Sanger at the forefront.
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We take for granted a lot of things these days and women's equality is one of those things. Everyone should read this book to get a better understanding how backwards we were just 50 years ago. One of the best books I've read in a while. We are all better off when all members of our society are equal. the pill was a great equalizer for women . Before you vote this fall read this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful