Heartbreaking. Provocative. Motivating.
This book not only gives the listener/reader a window into the international plight of many females, but also directs one to many wonderful resources to begin to positively impact and assist those in need, even if from your computer.
Our Book Club read this as one of our monthly suggestions, very few of which are non-fiction, and all agreed that this had the most impact on us in a heartbreaking and motivating way realizing that everyone in America can, and should, help in a small, or big, way. We as a group now have chosen to make a donation by "passing the bucket" every month at our Book Club meeting to be a part of the change and solution through sponsoring education and Kiva micro loans for some of those in need.
I read this book in the span of 36 hours. It is heartbreaking and hopeful, tragic and empowering. It is not an angry treatise on those EVIL men that inflict pain on women, nor is it a girl-power anthem. It puts in black and white (or spoken words) the realities faced by many women in the developing world. But it doesn't leave us there. It provides solutions - some big, some small - that westerners can do to provide medical services, or help many of these women help themselves. It also indicates some of the mistakes that have been made with the best of intentions.
Another reviewer stated that Cassandra Campbell narrates this book flatly. I disagree, respectfully. She does not over-dramatize, but lets the authors speak for themselves. With a book like this, she was a terrific choice.
Well worth your time and credit.
I loved this book! It really opened my eyes to the difficulties women face around the world. And while the stories of the various women were at times shocking and very hard to listen to, I appreciated on how the authors focused on potential pragmatic solutions that have been successful in the past. They provide numerous examples of ways to get involved and make a difference as an ordinary person so that you don't just read the book and say "that's horrible" and move on with your life.
The mixture of personal exemplars combined with sound acaemdic research in this book comes together in perfect harmony to create a one of a kind story.
Wow. I cannot believe that I was clueless to the horrible atrocities and hardship women around the world face! Learning about these hurrdles through heartbreaking stories helped me feel like I was in these women shoes.
I also enjoyed learning about how solutions to some of these problems come in unexpecting ways.
This book covers very important topics regarding women's rights and gender inequality. If you want to learn more about these topics and the worldwide efforts to address these topics, this is a good place to start. However, be prepared for biased journalism - the authors do not hesitate to include their personal opinions and the way in which the opinions are shared majorly detracted from the point of this book. I wanted to learn more about the fight for gender equality and the rights for women and girls globally - I did not choose this book to read about the political preferences of the authors and the personal travel of the authors around the world. Very disappointed. The authors also paint a very negative picture of american youth as arrogant and uneducated, which is an unfair exaggerated generality.
Narration was fine - it was easy to listen to but I did not like that all girl voices in interviews sounded high pitched and stereotypical of frivolous ditzy girls.
Listen if you are ok with butchered Chinese. Don't know how good or bad the other foreign terms sound.
The story is definitely worth listening to.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
In “Half the Sky”, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn document the world’s guilt for misogyny. They report the contempt of men, and prejudices of society toward women. Their assessment of guilt is not limited to gender. Misogyny originated with men but the author’s stories and evidence suggest perpetuation by cultures that include both genders.
“Half the Sky” is filled with interviews of brothel women in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The authors recount young girl’s seduction, abduction, or purchase from families around the world. Different societies discount the humanity of women. Young girls are so desperate to survive; they believe stories about jobs in other countries and accept human traffickers’ lies to leave their families. In some cases, families are so poor they sell their girl-children for family survival. Prostitution and pornography are growth industries that perpetuate cultural misogyny.
Two hundred thousand years of gender discrimination is unlikely to be reversed in this century. Kristof and WuDunn infer that each step to fight misogyny makes a difference. But, each described fight seems like a drip of water meant to erode a granite mountain. Progress is slow because men are still mostly in control. By the end of Kristof’s and WuDunn’s book, guilt is not assuaged and equality seems a millennium away.
Can't make that judgement. I only have the audio version and it was well read, informative, entertaining...I cried throughout most of the book.
I like how they personalized the information.
I didn't have a favorite. She did a wonderful job on all of them.
I found myself having to pause the book and compose myself to listen on. It brought up every emotion that I have. As a result, I am finishing up a course to be certified to teach English overseas.
I only have one question for the authors. At one point they bring up the Prophet Mohammed's first wife and use her as a positive example for women but never mention that she was only 6 (?) when he married her. I am not sure about that exact age but I read a biography of him and it was disturbing to say the least.
I prefer reading it, but I don't have time. I thought the narrator should be reading a chick lit book or at least show more compassion in her reading.
My favorite person of interest was Usha. I thought she was brave in standing up to Akku Yadav and inspired other women in her community to do the same. I believe in cases like this, capital punishment is necessary.
Yes. The material is compelling and brings up a lot of issues I am interested in learning about so I can learn how to stop it.
The speakers were also the authors, which gave credence to this travesty. I was so moved that I've recommended it to my book group and support some of the assistance organizations indexed. The narration is honest.
A must-read for anyone concerned with the plight of women and social-justice issues--will really open your eyes.