Certain Woman of an Age

Narrated by: Margaret Trudeau
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,303 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Trudeau, former wife of Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada, mother of Justin Trudeau, Canada's current Prime Minister, and international mental health advocate, brought her intimate staged performance, Certain Woman of an Age, to the Minetta Lane Theatre, where it was recorded live for Audible Theater. In this "fearless and vulnerable" (Chicago Tribune) one-woman show, Trudeau opens up - with refreshing candor - about her extraordinary life and her encounters with some of the most important icons of our time. It's a gripping portrait of motherhood, marriage, life-altering tragedy, and personal triumph. Co-written with Alix Sobler and directed by Kimberly Senior, Certain Woman of an Age is a funny, honest examination of one of the world’s most fascinating figures.

©2019 Margaret Trudeau (P)2020 AO Media LLC

Our favorite moments from Certain Woman of an Age

"We don’t need protection. We need armor."
"The policy changed thanks to me and my scandalous hemline."
"Her grip was iron. I might still be there today if she hadn’t lent me her strength."

  • Certain Woman of an Age
  • "We don’t need protection. We need armor."
  • Certain Woman of an Age
  • "The policy changed thanks to me and my scandalous hemline."
  • Certain Woman of an Age
  • "Her grip was iron. I might still be there today if she hadn’t lent me her strength."

About the Creator and Performer

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestseller, Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure, and satisfying future. Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the former Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water supply and sanitation services. She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Loved it. Lived it. Living it

My dad was bi-polar, it was hell, so much of her story is familiar. Her def of clinical depression hit home, it is spot on. Like she said there is still such a stigma today on mental illness, forty yrs ago it was brutal. I enjoyed her telling her own story in her own voice,who else can have the passion or feeling to tell it. It’s sad to see negative reviews condemning the way she spoke,how shallow. She got into some very dark parts of her life, it takes character and courage to say,”yes,I was taken to the hospital by the police and strapped to a gurney”. Nothing about her story portrays a selfish, indulgent person. I would not have the arrogance to criticize any part of her story, having NOT been the one that lived it.

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A story of resilience!

A short amazing book about ones life, struggles and triumphs. Love that Margaret herself told her own story. A delight. You’ll feel happier after hearing how resilient she is.

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Wah! Wah!

I got three quarters through this and couldn’t hear anymore. In honor of all my female friends that have suffered with mental disorders who bravely walked their oft times heart-wrenching paths, this woman made me shake my head. Spoiled, indulged, and thankless. Little do you hear of the heart ache she caused. It’s all about her and using her mental problems as an excuse for acts of immaturity and indulgence.

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A poignant story of mental illness

Madam Trudeau offers a candid story of her personal experience with bi-polar disease. She delivers a heartwarming tale of her life and diagnosis. As the former first lady of Canada, this story deserves to be heard. Bless her for her openness.

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Very Interesting but poor execution

I found this interesting and an easy quick listen but I wish that it was someone else speaking.

Does it ever work well when the writer is the narrator?

Also found this interesting because she is the mother of a very powerful politician.

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Thank you

In explaining Bi-polar, like I’ve never heard before, I’m beginning to understand myself just a little. Your bravery has given me a tincture of confidence, to look at it.

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WOW

Just WOW! Thank you MargaretTrudeau! YOU are a GREAT blessing. THANK YOU for sharing your life with such amazing honesty, humor, wisdom and strength.

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Entertaining

This was a very good, entertaining, and enjoyable time. It's nice to hear about someone's adventures.

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Inspiring!

I felt her heart shining through from beginning to end. She did not hold back. So real, so moving. I want to thank her for sharing her courage. I will share with others.

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Decent talk...

While I like Trudeau's openness about life and mental illness, this all felt a bit thin. A decent yarn. I wish she had gone deeper.

Trudeau is a bit breathy with her talking.

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