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!
This book is not easy to listen to, however, it is critical that we listen. The context gives the listener/reader the imperative opportunity to sit with the discomfort and consider what actions must be taken to make a difference. Surely the world cannot ignore the personal stories found in this work. As terrible as it was to hear at times, knowing the pure horror that so many endure must spur us on to stepping out of our comfort zones and making a difference. If that happens...that will be what I love most about this book. I am well on my way toward deep change myself...I hope to meet others there as well. Thank you to all the women who told their stories and thank you to the authors for seeing that their voices did not remain silent but that they can be heard here.
When my 14 year old daughter asked me to turn it off because it hurt her too much to listen. I was in pain too. We talked a little. I asked her if this kind of thing were happening in close proximity to her and she needed help would she want others to turn away because they just couldn't listen to her reality. She understands that we must be informed in order to know how to instigate change and take action...her empathy, sickness, tender spirit and awakening was my favorite moment...so far at least.
None...so far...not quite finished but the fact is the whole book is good.
Yes, mostly angry and sad...so far
The narration brings additional compassion to the words that capture difficult realities.
I loved that the book is "solutions-oriented", making even the grimmest scenario seem like something I can help change.
This book is dense and I felt it best to take breaks between listening sessions in order to digest the life-changing information presented.
Kristof and WuDunn have written a book based on relentless empiricism and good reporting and it ends up being one of the most wildly important and unbelievably powerful books I've ever read in my entire life. Seriously. Read/listen to this book. The narration is clear and extremely well-suited to writing of this caliber and power. READ. THIS. BOOK.
Yes. The stories, which were both well written and well read, were captivating and moving.
The clarity with which she spoke and the tempo, made every moment of listening enjoyable.
If you have ever felt completely hopeless after reading or listening to the news, this book offers a powerful antedote. It tells stories of women throughout the world who have been abused in graphic detail but is very careful to avoid sensationalism. Although the images are hauntingly heartbreaking, the book also outlines actions that each of us can take to alleviate this suffering. Small actions can make a world of difference and the authors of this book have carefully researched programs/ideas that will allow us to help empower the gender that shares "half the sky."
This books captures the unique problems faced by so much of the developing world's women, and in turn it's entire society. However unlike so many books that bring problems to light, it offers clear solutions, and some of the many challenges we face in implementing them.
Personally it has motivated and inspired me into social responsibility. At first I was stuck. As a business owner, virtual single-mom with a 4 year old and a husband in Afghanistan, short of teaching in these countries and up rooting my son, I was paralyzed with how I could help. Then I started looking from the lens of what I COULD do. I'm in Phoenix, AZ and problems of hunger trafficking and the like abound here. I searched online and found Volunteer Match (do not work for them so it's not a plug). It led me to a rescue program for refugees. I'm applying to volunteer there. And unfortunate as it is to say this, there will still be significant need in fourteen years for educators and aid in foreign land. I'll head off then.
But maybe if everyone read this book and was motivated - maybe then I'd be out of a goal.
Read it. It is powerful and life changing for our planet.
This book, both well-written and well told, is something everyone should read. Not only does it discuss the current atrocities taking place to women and girls all around the world, it also tells what you can do to stop it. I challenge anyone who reads this book to do nothing.
I totally loved this book. The details described in this book made me cry, reflect on my own life and at the end of the day thank God for having so many opportunities and being more fortunate than others instead of having a life where you are part of a statistic. It gives hard facts and numbers and once you finished listening to the book, you feel empowered to go out there and help bring change about. It is a definite "must read"!
Anyone who wants to understand how the world works for women will find this book mezmerizing as well as educational. Men and women alike should read this.