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.
We must engage with our world. Take the time to learn more about the women in this world and how you can help take a step toward human rights for the 3.3 billion women on this planet.
One of the best
This is such a powerful message, one that everyone needs to know
I loved 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.
If any book will ever motivate you to care about larger global human rights issues and living conditions, this one will! The problems the authors describe are horrendous, yet they manage to bring a message of hope and success, and offer suggestions on what can be done to help.
I didn't agree with their overly politically correct attitude towards the role of culture and religion in contributing to third-world problems, but they certainly have a wealth of experience to bring to the discussion.
Among the most important
It exposes the shocking plight of millions of women in the world, AND it informs us of concrete ways to help. It is devastating in the horrors it reveals, and uplifting in the hope it evokes.
I was very reluctant to give to charities because I distrust organizations (why give anything if most of it goes to administrators or gets dissipated if not worse?), but this book directed me toward alternatives where such fears are circumvented.
In an age of increasing strife, corruption, fanaticism and selfishness, helping women everywhere to take their proper place in the world may well be our best way to survive.It should be noted that cultures than produce the worst violence and fanaticism are those in which women are the most oppressed. A deep reason underlies this: women are the ones that bring up children, and women suffering from oppression transmit this unconsciously to small boys who become deeply conflicted and frustrated men drawn to violence, oppression and fanaticism.
I live, breathe, read.
It’s hard to escape the escalating decline in world conditions. Whether it’s refugees’ stories from far flung war-torn countries, or reports involving the abuse of our environment and its critters, there is no limit to the different forms of media that are reporting global events non-stop. Even if the view outside our kitchen window is generally uneventful and peaceful, books like Half the Sky are a cold slice of reality pie.
Half the Sky focuses on human rights violations against women around the world, but mostly in Africa and Asia. Divided into areas of concern such as sex trafficking, systematic rape, maternal mortality, and illiteracy, Kristof incorporates statistics with personal life stories. Many of them were hard to listen to, and at one point I found myself stuck in rush hour traffic sobbing into my sweater sleeves. As “advanced” as mankind is, why are things like this still going on today? Why are these things generally unknown, although they’re not taking place in secret? I enjoy documentaries and books like these because they make me more aware of what is going on around the world. If all I believed was based on what I saw on the news, I’d be one short sighted individual.
Pee-Wee Herman summed me up when he said: “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” I mention him because my only complaint about this book, call me a pragmatic idealist if you want, was that I don’t like being told what to feel. A compelling life story was almost always followed by a proposed plan of action that equated the group of women to monetary assets. Everything was reduced to dollars and cents. I get it, people higher up won’t focus on these women’s issues if it’s not profitable, but isn’t that the sad part to begin with? What’s a life worth? No matter how much is donated to certain causes, or how many laws are passed, it ultimately can’t change the way people think or feel, let alone how they treat others. I guess I would have prefered the journalistic touch without the agenda. Just my musings, at any rate. Highly recommended if you’re interested in current events in regards to the oppression of women, and what is being done to bridge these injustices.
You should TOTALLY still buy this audiobook - the narrator isn't unlistenable....she's just not at all the kind of narrator this (or any) book needs.
Her voice is a bit nasal.
She sounds like an elitist asshole.
She sounds super super "white"
I'm caucasian...but i just hate that snooty white lady voice.
Ok, i've ranted enough about the narrator.
This book is incredible. It's brutal, but still inspires you. Best thing I've listened to since "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"