We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls Audiobook

Brothels, Bordellos, and Bad Girls: Prostitution in Colorado, 1860-1930

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Prostitution thrived in pioneer Colorado. Mining was the principal occupation and men outnumbered women more than twenty to one. Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview of the business between 1860 and 1930, focusing her research on the mining towns of Cripple Creek, Salida, Colorado City, and similar boomtown communities. She used census data, Sanborn maps, city directories, property records, marriage records, and court records to document and trace the movements of the women over the course of their careers, uncovering work histories, medical problems, and numerous relocations from town to town. She traces many to their graves, through years filled with abuse, disease, narcotics, and violence.

The book is published by University of New Mexico Press.

©2004 University of New Mexico Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Delicacy, humor, respect, and compassion are among the merits of this book. Although other authors have flirted with Colorado's commercial sex, Jan MacKell provides a detailed overview. She has been researching these elusive women for the last fifteen years. Such persistence allows her to offer rich detail on shady ladies who rarely used their real names or even stuck with the same professional name for long." (Thomas J. Noel, from the Introduction)

"The topic is interesting, the author knowledgeable, the presentation nonjudgmental...All sorts of interesting facts pop up in this work." (USA Today)

"Now this is a book you can read in one sitting. Not that it is less than scholarly; it is comprehensive, extensively researched, well organized, well written, but most of all it is readable. In fact, it is compelling. Brothels, Bordellos, & Bad Girls is a fascinating book because it puts a human face on prostitution." (Roundup Magazine)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.0 (8 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.1 (8 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Story
2.5 (8 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John 04-20-14
    John 04-20-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprising!"

    This is a really fascinating book, apparently very well researched, well-written, and very entertaining as well. It's a shame that the reader doesn't seem to understand the significance of paragraphs in written English. She spaces every sentence in the book exactly the same distance for the previous one regardless whether the ideas in them are connected in any way whatsoever. It's VERY distracting from a history that deserves much better. The book is worth putting up with the shortcomings of the performance, anyway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 06-22-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 06-22-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    135
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    161
    157
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ruined by narrator."

    This could have and should have been a great book. I thought it would go into the lives of some of the women, but instead it's just about their lifestyle. There are so many great stories about the women of those days, I can't figure out why the author didn't tell them. The narrator is horrible! She talks so fast, it made me out and o f breath just listening. Too bad that a great subject was written and narrated so poorly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.