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A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement - V-Day - to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate, and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who hears it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.

"I am so pleased to present this just-recorded audio edition of my play for people to hear in America and around the world," Ensler said. "Often during my travels performing and in discussions about The Vagina Monologues, many people have asked me to make a recording so that they could listen to it again and again. With the online introduction coming just before V-Day 2001, it also means a lot to me that the sales of The Vagina Monologues will help support the expanding movement to stop violence against women."

Hear an Interview with Eve Ensler!

Executive Producer: Karen DiMattia
Producer: Paul Ruben
Cover photo ©1999 Joan Marcus
Photo Credit: Susan Johann
©1998, 2001 by Eve Ensler
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction." (Variety)

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  • James
  • South Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 03-02-05

Not bad, but not funny.

Once the shock value wears off, this is another socially/politically correct diatribe. It's entertaining, but it's not funny.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maureen
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 04-27-05

Way too short for audio

Although I found this book funny and lite, I think it might be better to see it in a live play instead. To spend the time listening to the book or to spend it on a nice night out at a theatre, laughing and sharing it with friends would be much more enjoyable....go for the play! I found it ended too soon and left me wanting something more.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Emmy
  • Mandeville, LA, USA
  • 01-11-05


The stage production I saw last year was so GOOD! But, as an audiobook, I couldn't even finish it. Her voice gets SO annoying, especially when she tries to do "characters." A different narrator waould make this easier to listen to. All in all, it's a bit disappointing. Next time your local women's group does a production, go see it, but don't bother with this version.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Colleen
  • Brighton, MO, USA
  • 01-05-07

The Vagina Monologues

What an interesting collection of different viewpoints. I am so glad that the person who read the book was the one who actually wrote the book. No other person could have done this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna
  • west fargo, ND, USA
  • 01-04-03

don't listen when the kids are around

This was extremely funny. I think I heard the word "Vagina" more in this than I have my whole life. Only problem is that if you have small children--don't let them listen. There is a lot of profanity.

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  • Ursula
  • Kensington, MD, United States
  • 09-14-03

Not a successful audio experience

The narrator's voice was grating. The author confuses vagina with vulva,which I found annoying. I kept wondering why this book was so popular. Perhaps a live show and audience interaction are critical to appreciating this work. It didn't work for me in audio alone.

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  • Jeanne
  • SALEM, NH, United States
  • 01-09-12

Not what I thought it would be.

Not as funny as I thought it would be, but I did enjoy the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindal
  • Pemberton, NJ, USA
  • 03-06-07

Maybe better as a play

Not quite the entertainment I'd expected. The voice of the narrator was slightly irritating and the content was less than funny. Not sure how the content had the national effect it did.

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Don't bother.............

Listen to the clip, it's the high point of a unusually pointless and crude "book".

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-30-16

My very firdt audible purchase

I joined Audible late in December 2006 and used the first of my 12 credits to purchase Vagina Monologues. This short book/play includes approvingly a incident of pedophilia, in this case sex between an adult woman with an underage girl. My wife and I had seen the play and one of our adult daughters challenged our telling of the incident in the play. So I purchased the audiobook. Eve Eisler's book/play is an very bad example of third wave feminism. I'm not a prude, but this book ties with several others for the worst book I have ever read or listened to. If some man were to write The Penis Monologues it would likely be as horrible.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Holly
  • 10-16-05

Speaking the Unspoken

Eve Ensler's stories are funny, moving, sad and sometimes thoroughly shocking - not for the frank and open discussion on vaginas but for revealing that such a massive part of women's - and men's - lives is largely taboo. Highly recommended.

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  • C. Benjamin
  • 02-16-16

Very good work but poor narration

Loved the book overall, deals with the subject clearly and with no hesitation, which is refreshing.

However, I didn't really enjoy the narration. I thought it was really unnatural and forced pretty much the whole time.

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 05-20-15


This was so NOT what I was hoping for. Having heard good reviews from people I know and from news paper reviews about the road show I was looking forward to listening to this original version of the Vagina Monologues. I almost stopped listening after the first 5 minutes but plodded on in the hopes I would warn to the reading. But in the end the book was playing but I was not listening. Whilst it has many relevant facts and information it was still not my cup of tea.