Admittedly, I watched the PBS special before reading this book, and fell in love with the individual stories of courage against the odds and the power of individuals to make a substantive difference. Listening to the book was indeed, a transformative experience. In addition, it is well-researched and a balanced portrayal of global women's fight against inequity.
The narration was at times robotic, however, I have to give kudos to the narrator for taking the time to learn how to properly pronounce complex names of places and individuals.
YEs I would listen to this book again so I don't forget.
The narrator seems to be genuinely concerned about the issues discussed in the book. Therefore it makes for a better read/Listening experience.
I first heard of this on PBS watching the documentary version of the book. Then I borrowed the audio book from the library and after listening decided that I needed to own this. It is a very inspirational telling of women's issues in other countries. I learned a lot about issues I thought I knew about, but it turned out I knew nothing at all about, and it has moved me to try to find a way to support women in other countries to move toward equality and fair treatment. Hopefully it will inspire you as well and if you have the resources, move you to change the lives of so many women that desperately need it.
I was really excited when I saw that this book was available on audio. Unfortunately, I didn't bother to check a sample. Listening to this book is like listening to an entire book read by Siri! It's completely robotic. I'm horrified that someone would be paid for this. In fact, I was convinced that the voice wasn't human, and started listening to other samples of pieces narrated by Campbell. It's definitely her, but I'm not sure what went on with this recording. I'll be reading the hard copy of the book, I guess. I'm really disappointed.
Troubling, saddening, hopeful
The ones blotted on my memory is the helplessness of those caught in awful cultural domination of women. As a man, my heart was broken for these women, and I often had tears in my eyes as I listened.
All the scenes of women who are triumphing over the impossible.
I did, but because of time could not.
I have different theological views than some of those expressed. It was easy for me to get past that to the overall thrust and mission of the book. This is a must read book, deserving wide circulation.
The print version is great as well but there was something about listening to the audiobook that really brought the material to life and in some ways, allowed me to have a more deeper emotional connection to the people in the book. It also allowed me to access the book more since I have such a busy life.
I'm not sure what can compare but one of the next books on my list is "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World" by John Wood. I've heard that was quite inspring as well.
Absolutely! I likely missed some of the information the first time, as it was so in depth.
This story is the story of every woman. Mothers, if you want your daughter to grow up to make a difference make sure they know where to start, by helping their fellow women. If we make the world a better place today maybe our daughters will have a better future tomorrow. This story is a must read and a good project for mothers and daughters to embark on together.
It is a simple listen. The author presents a problem, the pros and cons of some possible fixes, and then a suggestion for the listener to make a difference.
She is very versatile. She also narrates the "Pretty Little Liars" series and her voice is totally different in this narration.
Yes and no, the material is sometimes hard to digest but it was hard to hit pause.
Not for the faint of heart.
This book was difficult to listen to at times, some of the stories were so sad. There were parts with too much data (statistics) and it was difficult to absorb in an audio book. Overall though this book made me want to do something about the issues that affect women worldwide.
Absolutely! There are so many stories told of so many women that are incredibly compelling. Not to mention the success stories and amazing efforts being made at a grass roots level to help those poor women and girls who have been so horribly neglected and abused. There is so much information about various organizations worldwide, politics, religion that it must take more than one time listening to/reading the book to absorb how truly vast this problem is.
I thought she did a wonderful job! The book was written very objectively, without drama or exaggeration and her performance reflected that very nicely. She made subtle changes with her voice that made it clear when she speaking as one of the women interviewed. She also narrated clearly and I found her voice pleasant to listen to.
After flipping through the channels on T.V. and coming upon the documentary based on this book, I felt compelled to purchase the audio version. I have NEVER been as affected by one single book as by this one. Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, the message of this book affects and applies to every single person on the planet. We in America are up in arms when it comes to pro choice vs pro life, or equal pay for equal work, which are certainly very important topics indeed. But consider a life as described over and over again in Half the Sky in which a woman is considered inferior, denied basic medical care, denied an education, denied a life of her own, simply because she was born female! Before I had finished listening to the book, I purchased 10 copies of the paperback to send to my family and friends. This book and its message has become that important to me. I am looking into ways as suggested by the author to get involved and hope my friends may follow suit.
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!! I challenge you to walk away unaffected!