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Publisher's Summary

Women rule the world in this suspenseful love story set in a post-nuclear future. Having expelled men from their vast walled cities to a lower-class wilderness, the women in this futuristic universe dictate policy and chart the future through control of scientific and technological advances. Among their laws are the rules for reproductive engagement, an act now viewed as a means of procreation rather than an act of love. In this rigidly defined environment, a chance meeting between a woman exiled from the female world and a wilderness man triggers a series of feelings, actions, and events that ultimately threaten the fabric of the women's constricted society. Trying to evade the ever-threatening female forces and the savage wilderness men, the two lovers struggle to find a safe haven and reconcile the teachings of their upbringings with their newly awakened feelings.
©1986 Pamela Sargent, Introduction Copyright 2004 by Catherine Asaro (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Fergus on 05-07-13

Gripping narration in Audible format

What made the experience of listening to The Shore of Women the most enjoyable?

The voices of the actors make listening to this book as good as a film. The characters had rich texture revealed by adept narration of Sargent's engaging text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The first person perspectives of Arvil as he struggles with radical change of his surroundings, his faith and ultimately in his very understanding of the workings of the universe, make the story a true adventure.

What about Stephen Largay and Sarah Ellis ’s performance did you like?

The performances are first rate. Largay produces an array of voices that vividly depict the wild world outside the walls of the city. He brings to life the gruff, the arrogant, and the meek among the men that Arvil encounters. The voice brings out Arvil's frailty and his wonder at the changes around him. Sara Ellis's portrayal of Birana contrasts sharply with Largay's earthy overtones. She brings a crisper and more sterile tone to her voice, which brings to life the sterility of life within the city walls.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

On the first day, I listened for hours - on the way to work and then back again...then I played the story through my phone in my breast pocket around the house all evening as I cleaned the house, so I could listen more.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to more of Largay's work.

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3 out of 5 stars
By katelyn on 10-12-15

Too much world building with an agenda ...

I checked this book out at the request of my daughter. She was listening to it and wanted to have somebody to talk to about it.

My first reaction upon beginning this book was, wow, there is a lot of world building happening, and I had a difficult time caring. This story felt like an extreme and obvious vehicle for pointing out an injustice that I think very few people have difficulty in recognizing (regardless of their personal takes on feminist issue's). It did very little to bring attention to the subtler and perhaps more insidious symptoms and problems of a society struggling to reduce the gap in such power schisms, or to demonstrate the new problems that such changes can bring.

I liked some of the characters but the book was incredibly slow paced for as much as ostensibly took place within it. I also felt as though the device of the book was, as I've already mentioned extreme and obvious, but ultimately made no real point. At the end of it I saw no suggestions for answers or changes or hope of any kind. It was a sermon of fire and brimstone with no ultimate offer of a savior or sanctuary.

I listened to this book for "free" through the Amazon Prime program, and I am glad that I didn't spend actual money on it. I don't know that I'd take back the 12+ hours I spent listening to it ... I mean, if nothing else it did get me thinking, and I am sure my daughter and I will have an interesting conversation about it. I won't be sorry it isn't in my permanent library though as it is not a book I can ever imagine feeling compelled to revisit.

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