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Marsha

Tierra Verde, FL, United States
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Women in the Shadows audiobook cover art

Be prepared- trigger warnings warranted

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

You really have to be reading this book as a “look how far we’ve come” rather than as a novel. Notwithstanding the author’s apologetic at the end of the book, the story is horrifying; no gay relationships - male or female- could POSSIBLY be healthy, brutality is the accepted norm of all gay relationships, “real strength” is only found in a man, carrying a pregnancy makes one a “real woman,” mixed orientation marriages are the best solution, and one demonstrates truly passionate and romantic love by slicing open the family pet. Seriously, read this as you would a very graphic book about female genital mutilation written by a man demanding it from his daughters . It may be a subject that must be studied and a point of view that must be understood to be defeated, but it’s nothing you would read for pleasure.

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Cannot follow it at all. Please refund

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

Can’t follow the supposed new history, the characters, the plots. Please refund my price of purchase.

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A little harder for a woman to understand

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

I admire Tony’s book. And I applaud it’s brutal honesty. I am a gay Christian so of course I was glad that he found himself. As a woman, I find it harder to understand his sexual exploits as simply those of a gay man. Many of them seem like a sexual addiction to me. Having a relationship where two people live together, share a life, have sexual intimacy, but are committed to not being “romantic“is not really in my repertoire. But he certainly described the angst of finding oneself utterly out of step with what other people expect. It is a painful road. I’m glad that more of us are finding our way out.

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Tolerance

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-19

You may like this story better than I if you have a higher tolerance for whiny,neurotic, self centered women who want endless pity. For
being poor weaklings, and great kudos for being normal adults. It was well written and well read.

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Fascinating but difficult not to judge

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

While I find so many of the writer’s emotions absolutely impossible to comprehend, she did a wonderful job of explaining them. Certainly I know other people with the same loyalty to abuse who need to hear this message

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lots of self pity

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This was hard to listen to. Field is a wonderful actor and reads this herself so the self pity is extremely dramatic as she reads it. She includes no sense that other human beings have had rough starts and no evident sensitivity that many of her loudest complaints seem either absurd or so common to people, especially women in the 20th century, who have gone through similar encounters. She got Gidget when she didn’t even have an agent, so she “only” made $500 an episode in the early 60s. The producers and directors liked her so much that they just nagged her into another sitcom as the flying nun. (None of us in our late teens have ever been talked into something we didn’t want to do.) Then the mean and thoughtless men who hired her talked her into staying another season by buying her a Ferrari. SO thoughtless when she didn’t even like flashy cars. Then the writers wrote meaningless story lines and vapid dialog for her. Just horrendous. No one in her early 20s took her seriously. Then the big movie star she dated was a meanie and she kept dating him anyway. She found that she molded herself to please the people around her and she had to stop doing that. My goodness. Welcome to the human race. Where are her friends who have shared similar stories, or her sense of gratitude that all these things molded her into the woman she is today? It left me wanting to say, “Grow up. Watch Oprah. Find a church or temple or 12 step program. Get a tiny bit of gratitude in your life.”

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Can’t really give it the ALL fives

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The story is very 50s Early 60s. All the emotions and beliefs of that time are very realistic. But as a “survivor “ of those years, I still strongly chafe at the male dominance that was simply an expectation of those days: guys blocking the doors, grabbing your arms and ignoring your words. The author did a good apologetic for all that in the intro though so I had to give the story a 4.

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Sarcasm?

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This was a good story. It was hard to get accustomed to the reader’s exaggerated vocal inflections that caused about every third line to inflect dramatically upward, whether it was a question or not. I finally decided it was meant to evoke rhetorical sarcasm which made it easier to deal with. Otherwise a good read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Almost perfect

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I almost missed this book because of the negative reviews of Dennis Quaid’s reading. I thought he did a spectacular job. His vocal cords are shredded but you can hear that in his voice all the time. It’s not an affect and it made the part he read more true to life. I’d have given it a perfect score if not for the last part of the last chapter getting overly political. I happen to hold the same political views that it voices in that chapter, but slapping them all together at the end of the book was a little ham-handed. Otherwise a great (and not overly political) story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Perfectly fine

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I hate to ding the reader. I hope he doesn’t actually think women sound like that whining nasally tone he uses. I was glad there were no more women or girls than there were. The story was ok. Well written. Bit of a pipe dream curing sociopaths but, you know. One can hope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful