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My Life on the Road Audiobook

My Life on the Road

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Publisher's Summary

Gloria Steinem - writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world - now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.

Includes an introduction read by Gloria Steinem.

©2015 Gloria Steinem (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"My Life on the Road is filled with beautifully told stories of the people she has spoken with and listened to, been changed by, helped organize, got radicalized by, could get lost in, could get found in. It is soul material, human and political, funny and touching, deeply spiritual. I began it again the day after I finished." (Anne Lamott)

"My Life on the Road is an inspiring work, a call for action. Steinem shares her life as a global freedom fighter, inviting readers to continue the journey - and the struggle." (Bell Hooks)

"My Life on the Road is a personal, beautiful look at the deceptively radical act of travel and how it formed one of our most important voices for human rights. By delving deeper into her own thrilling story, Steinem shows us that we all have a fighter inside us - we need only pack our bags and follow her." (Lena Dunham)

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    Angel Adams 11-05-15
    Angel Adams 11-05-15
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    "Completely Changed Me"

    I have been moved and uplifted. Her story, her life have changed me forever. I was raised to think of her as the enemy. A bad person. An NPR interview lead me to purchase the book. I've never been so rapidly opened as I was while reading My Life on the Road.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Marie Washington State 10-31-15
    Linda Marie Washington State 10-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Such a Good Friend."
    What about Debra Winger and Gloria Steinem ’s performance did you like?

    I can imagine there were many who would love to take on this project. DW was such an inspired choice, her slightly gravelly voice and access to the humor and deep humanity of GS comes across beautifully. I could almost see her nodding in agreement as she read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, her easy friendships with the working women and men she encounters in her travels speaks volumes. I would love to find myself sitting next to her on a long flight.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not familiar with Gloria Steinem, here is a good place to start. No matter what your politics may be, her kindness, loyalty, curiosity and unwavering willingness to learn from every experience is clearly a lesson in speaking the truth.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Rana Faure 01-02-16
    Rana Faure 01-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Missing Gloria's voice."

    I.admire Debra Winger tremendously and loved hearing her voice but I truly missed hearing Gloria Steinem deliver her story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Taneha E. Loy 11-25-15
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    "Actually reading the book may be warranted."

    Ms. Steinem provided many tales that are educational and eye opening. The time line was hard to follow, as the book doesn't flow according to time, but to "lessons learned" perhaps? Or are grouped according to theme?
    I'm not sure if the following is a critique of the book itself, or the narration, but it wasn't clear when one chapter began and the previous ended. This may have been due to Ms. Winger's narration having little emotion, and was somewhat monotonous at times. I think there were even some mispronunciations?
    Mostly, I did enjoy the Ms. Steinem's tales of her life: from celebrity and political encounters and opinions, to the lessons she learned from everyday encounters with "normal folk". I was pleasantly surprised by, and intently listened to, her tales of "original peoples". I believe I will read the book myself, as I feel I will get a better feel for the organization and overall themes of the book. Ms. Steinem did narrate the introduction, and to have heard her voice thru the entirety would have been best. But she did relate her fear of public speaking, for which I'm sure this qualifies.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marni Gable 11-02-15
    Marni Gable 11-02-15
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    "Loved it"

    Great insight into a great lady who has worked tirelessly for equal rights for 50 years and still going strong. inspiring.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 01-05-16
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 01-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting story but deadly narration"

    I'm sorry to say that the stories in this book are burdened buy the flat affect and lifeless narration by Debra Winger. I wish I could re-read it narrated by another person.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Kirkwood, CA, United States 11-30-15
    Carol Kirkwood, CA, United States 11-30-15 Member Since 2016

    us about yourself! I'm a retired English teacher and ardent reader(more because of physical disability than from job).

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    "Silky water around jagged boulders"

    Gloria's life and times were rarely peaceful, yet she has created a memoir of profound calm and expansive knowledge. Her life has achieved the creation of a movement which is now taken for granted. (one small example: male flight attendants working alongside middle-aged women with perhaps a female pilot.) This book is a satisfying glimpse into a very full life with several goals still remaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christina L Stahler 11-20-15 Member Since 2016

    I love a mystery and am a life long learner. Turning insights into something that ignites new things - food, art, business.

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    "Put decisions in the hands of those having the experience"

    It's your decision to listen or not listen to this collection of experienced that take place in talking circles, in taxis, cheap hotels and in organizing, grass roots efforts to bring equality to all kinds of people.

    Steinem's keen observations and ability to listen and learn from every town and group visited is a rare gift. She comes from a place of abundance - a term coined by author Sarah Ban Breathnacht in her book Simple Abundance.

    Steinem's POV turns traditional thinking on its ear. I want to be a better person after reading this book; and to travel an listen more.

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    K. Roth Pacific Northwest 12-20-15
    K. Roth Pacific Northwest 12-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "2015 Best Book I Read This Year of all 65 books!"

    Florida's book, read by Debra Winger, leaves you wishing for more.
    She writes with eloquence and beauty of the quest to amalgamated the topics women have in the equal rights struggles and in her travels she finds humanity at its purest. This is what the struggle is about!
    Though the book may be about her quest it is more on the people and only centers on her near the end of her book.
    Excellent read that I dare men to read as women will!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LARASDDW 11-30-15
    LARASDDW 11-30-15

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    "Glad I Found This"

    Loved the accounts, especially about the Native cultures, with which I am only slightly familiar. Ms. Steinem's journey through her life so far was well written, engaging and inspiring. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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