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The Radium Girls Audiobook

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

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Publisher's Summary

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls.

As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was in fact slowly killing them: They had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering - in the face of death - these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly and instead became determined to fight for justice.

Drawing on previously unpublished sources - including diaries, letters, and court transcripts as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring 20s who themselves learned how to roar.

©2017 Kate Moore (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    "Couldn't get past the reading style"

    The book is great but I'm going to request a refund for the audio book. We couldn't even listen past a few minutes because the reader pauses in the middle of sentences where you wouldn't normally pause and fluctuates her volume in a way that is strange and hard to listen to. It doesn't flow at all and it extremely hard to listen to.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Mckey 05-13-17
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    "Loved the story but..."

    I loved the story, the history in it, the shadiness of big business. Everything like that. The story was what compelled me to finish the book. The narrator on the other had was extremely difficult for me to handle. The reading was fine, speed and accent was fine. However you could hear every swallow, mouth movement and lip smack. It was so distracting and I could barely handle it. The editing of this was horrible. It seemed like every sentence you could hear it. So I could not listen to this with ear buds or else I would be so distracted and annoyed about it. Great story but should have just bought the book not the audio version

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    I really enjoyed the book. I thought the story was compelling and informative. I did not care for the narrator. It was read in a robot-like voice , it made me wish that I picked up a hardcopy of the book instead.

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    Barret 05-15-17
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    "Tragic, enraging story"
    If you could sum up The Radium Girls in three words, what would they be?

    corporate malfeasance, horrifying, important


    What other book might you compare The Radium Girls to and why?

    This book is reminiscent of other works that document scientific misconduct in America, such as The Plutonium Files, Imbeciles, and Medical Apartheid. It is especially notable for the way in which it emphasizes the humanity of the women whose lives it documents. Although the story of the radium girls was sketched in a brief outline in my first ever lab safety training, I always assumed that the path to remuneration and industry reform had been straightforward and smooth. This book instead illustrates not only the importance of incorporating societal values into scientific endeavors, but also the difficulties of doing so when money and corporations' welfares are at stake. It is powerful and timely and speaks to the continuing need for governmental checks on corporate greed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Angela Brazil's narration was very strange. Her vocal intonations and rhythms often sounded more like a computer reading text than a human, and the emphasis was often misplaced within a sentence. This was jarring and detracted from the continuity of the story.


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

    From ghost girls to the living dead


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlee 05-18-17
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    "Terrible Narration - do NOT purchase audio format"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I love audio books and have listened to more than I can remember.

    However, this narrator was terrible. I couldn't get through the first chapter. It's robotic and annoying. Please purchase this book in paperback so you can enjoy the story rather than be distracted by a truly terrible narration job.


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    Kealani 06-13-17
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    "Ten minutes in"

    For the love of anything you find holy, do not let this narrator near a microphone ever again. I'm offering three stars on the assumption that the book is amazing and clever, but the reader poorly chosen. And by 'poorly', here I mean intently and possibly criminally.

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    "Compelling and relevant."

    The story draws you in as you learn about the lives of the women the book describes. The narrator is lack luster, and irritating at times.

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    "Don't buy this on audio"

    While the story of the Radium Girls is an important one, the book is sluggish and lacking anything interesting besides the facts of the history of the Radium Girls. I kept waiting for the story to take off, but it never did. The audio narrator was the worst I've ever heard. Even at 1.25 speed she was still painful to listen to.

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    "loved the narrator!!!"

    loved it, such an interesting story! it inspired me to do research to learn more!

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    B. C. French Rochester, NY United States 06-07-17
    B. C. French Rochester, NY United States 06-07-17

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    "A simple way to improve the robotic narration"

    The narrator is pretty dreadful, but there's an easy way to make her delivery more palatable: use your Audible app to increase the speed from 1.0x to 1.25x. It considerably smooths out the robotic delivery. It's still not a great narration, but it makes it listenable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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