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  • Half the Sky

  • Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • By: Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This unabridged book is abridged

  • By Nancy Smyth on 08-21-11

A transformative book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Admittedly, I watched the PBS special before reading this book, and fell in love with the individual stories of courage against the odds and the power of individuals to make a substantive difference. Listening to the book was indeed, a transformative experience. In addition, it is well-researched and a balanced portrayal of global women's fight against inequity.
The narration was at times robotic, however, I have to give kudos to the narrator for taking the time to learn how to properly pronounce complex names of places and individuals.

  • Letter to My Daughter

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wisdom that not only experience can give...

  • By Theodore on 09-17-11

A Delightful Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-13

What a delightful surprise to find out that Maya Angelou herself was the narrator. I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a sage, soaking in wisdom. This is a book I may end up picking up - that is the hardcopy - in order to easily reference the pearls of wisdom she graciously shares with her audience. My only criticism, is that towards the end, the stories became a bit impersonal, and seemed as if they were added as an afterthought. Didn't seem to fit with the idea of writing personal letters to a daughter. It sounded more like recycled speeches presented at other venues and hastily added towards the end of the book. This is why I gave the overall review 4 stars instead of 5.

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  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,735

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

An a essential read for any woman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

Perhaps later in life - like for encouragement when in the middle of a career change.

What does Elisa Donovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is my first audiobook. I felt like I was listening to a compelling lecture, in which I could associate parts of the books that I enjoyed with a voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Would not be appropriate for film.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to any woman at any point in her career. Would make a great graduation gift now that the season is upon us.