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Unmentionable Audiobook

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?

Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.)

Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

  • What to wear
  • Where to relieve yourself
  • How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
  • What to expect on your wedding night
  • How to be the perfect Victorian wife
  • Why masturbating will kill you
  • And more

Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, Unmentionable will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlett O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great-great-grandmothers.

(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, superabsorbency tampons, epidurals, antidepressants, and not dying of the syphilis your husband brought home.)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Therese Oneill (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A down-and-dirty perusal of the realities of hygiene and womanhood in the Victorian era. The truth behind slimming corsets, virtuous nuptials, and strict morals is sometimes shocking, occasionally alarming, but always funny with Oneill's wry commentary." (Library Journal)

"Flat-out hysterical (and occasionally alarming).... Read it and be very, very glad you're a woman of modern times." (Good Housekeeping)

"Oneill uncovers the filthy, untidy, licentious conditions of 19th-century women's lives that novelists of the period often glossed over." (Elle)

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    "Humorous, Fun and Educational"

    I very much enjoyed how this book took the tone of speaking directly to a modern woman, instead of simply pumping out a multitude of facts.
    It is rare to learn and be entertained - this book accomplishes both, without talking down to you.

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    echan003 04-19-17
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    "Interesting and funny but, at times, repetitive"

    I enjoyed the book and can understand the choice for the narrator's tone but it became repetitive listening to her snippy comments. The point I most enjoyed was when she seemed to slip out of the Victorian character to express her disgust at one of the time's leading 'scientists'.

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    "Every woman should have this book!!"

    The story and narration were both amazing. I want to have every book by her.

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    "so fun !"

    Very funny & inlightinig. The reader was great too. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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    loved this book, very entertaining and interesting. pretty glad I wasn't born then!

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    "pleasantly surprised historical fun"

    Was worried how this could be written, what would be covered etc since I do study the era but it was just so cute I have it a try & glad I did. The author's tone is charming & witty making it a joy to hear her present information I knew & be delighted buy little surprises I didn't putt appreciate her comments. Just delightful.

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    "Entertaining and informative"

    A well-researched exploration of women's life and health in the Victorian era that definitively de-romanticizes the time period. Topics covered included dress, marriage, masturbation, and menstruation, among others. The witty quips from the author to the reader, however, did become somewhat annoying - at some point I was more interested in the subject than the author's snarky commentary. Overall, would recommend this funny and informative read.

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    Entertaining and interesting. The same tone continues to the end, which to some, may annoy. Hear the sample before purchasing. Alot of information & period language makes you dependant on author's interpretation.

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