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  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter

  • Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
  • By: Peggy Orenstein
  • Narrated by: Peggy Orenstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source - the source - of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No solution just worry

  • By Marie on 06-28-12

Engaging discourse about gender construction.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Cinderella Ate My Daughter to be better than the print version?

Yes, it's a complicated topic, and the author reading the book makes the feminist dialogue easier to understand. It is more like having a conversation with Peggy, discussing opinions of gender instead of reading a long lecture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cinderella Ate My Daughter?

When she discusses allowing her daughter to have choice, instead of coercing her towards commercial femininity or coercing her away from it. I though that was a very relevant and poignant passage as eventually it's a complicated issue and her daughter can be as typically feminine princess-y as she wants.

What did you learn from Cinderella Ate My Daughter that you would use in your daily life?

That it's important to discuss commercialization of media with your children so they can on some level engage with the socialization of gender, instead of commanding them to present their gender one way or another.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,014

In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  • By Theodore on 04-27-12

Effing Hilarious.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-12

What did you love best about Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea?

The cadence of Chelsea's voice rules. She tells a story with strength and comedy, doing the voices for everyone involved in the conversation. Chelsea's stories are a bit absurd, a bit cynical and altogether hilarious.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite scene would have to be the conversation between a semi-drunk younger Chelsea and a police officer on the side of the road. Her depiction of herself is a great mixture of anxiety, fear and mostly bored and annoyed with being pulled over. When she tells the cop "You're becoming a real nightmare you know that?" I laughed out loud at my desk at work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.

  • Girl Walks into a Bar...

  • Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
  • By: Rachel Dratch
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dratch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,671

Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hanging out with Rachel Dratch

  • By LARRY on 04-30-12

Strong and endearing.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What did you love best about Girl Walks into a Bar...?

A very effervescent and enjoyable biography, Rachel, who reads her own biography has strong comedic timing and lends a great diction to her own words. I genuinely enjoyed her book and find her story interesting as especially she has had a difficult road to the career she has had to build for herself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks into a Bar...?

"Where were the Sullys and the Smittys?"