Ida M. Tarbell

The Woman Who Challenged Big Business - and Won!
Narrated by: Emily Arnold McCully
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller's success. Rejecting the term "muckraker" to describe her profession, she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion. This biography offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man's world who left her mark on the American consciousness.

©2014 Emily Arnold McCully (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 2015

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Excellent!

Very interesting history of a fastinating woman! In some ways very progressive for her time, and other times very out of tune with the women's movement going on around her. For someone interested in investigative journalism or the back ground of the Standard Oil company Ida Tarbell is a must read. Well performed by the author.

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Well written but seems more like a story written for young readers. It was fine.

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Disappointing reader

The story sounds so interesting, but I didn't even finish the book & am going to return it to Audible. The reader is inconsistent to the point of being irritating & distracting. There are sudden outbursts, like she just realized THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SENTENCE! - & sometimes it's actually not. I don't know if the problem is with the reader, maybe the director, maybe editing - whatever it is, I just couldn't listen any more - & I'm not that picky in general. Sorry for the harsh review, but this isn't up to audible standards.