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Publisher's Summary

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 audible.com 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 moving...it 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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The Vagina Momolgues (unabridged)

This is one of the worst audiobooks I've ever listened to. I did not finish it which I was the first time after more than 100 previous books. It's just blather.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • Hamburg, N/A, Germany
  • 05-17-03

A Thought Provoking Listen

I have never heard anything like it. It is truly eye opening and thought provoking and I wish I'd listened to it years ago.

The opening chat with Eve Ensler is informative, if a little slow, however once the main part of the monologues started I didn't see the time pass.

Truly inspiring, a great listen.

11 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Powerful, Funny, Unique

Would you listen to The Vagina Monologues again? Why?

Yes, I would. It was funny and entertaining, and I'll likely find new things to appreciate about each story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vagina Monologues?

The poetic monologue about being assaulted.

What about Eve Ensler’s performance did you like?

I liked the exaggeration and drama she used for each of the different characters. She was funny and great with accents.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'd never seen a performance of the Vagina Monologues before, and I am involved in an upcoming production. I am surprised at the choice of stories in a show that was so revolutionary. I expected more feminism and woman power. I'm surprised only one monologue talked about abuse.

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Great. Eye opening. Narration was incredible.

Beautimous book. Necessary. Very eye opening for both me and my husband. Yes there were funny parts, but it was all needed and all terrific. Bob is the real MVP.

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Uncomfortable and inspiring

Hopefully you can understand what to expect from the book by the title. There is a great amount of vagina discussion. At many times I found my self turning down the volume as I listened in my car to and from work, in fear that I might get strange looks from others in traffic if they heard what I heard. But it was amazing! I can't believe how much it spoke to me. The vagina is the main and only subject, but it opened up a greater understanding of women and myself. It awoke a sense of bravery for myself as a woman. I highly recommend this book! I will be purchasing a physical copy to keep forever.

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Disappointed

I was looking forward to reading this book after so much build about it in the media; so I was surprised about not having had such a positive experience. The story was uneventful and had many places where it seemed as though the author was trying to extend the topic just to create something to fill the space (no pun intended). I'm glad I can mark it finished and move on.

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Enlightening

I feel very enlightened reading this book. Listening to it was even better. I'm seeing the Monologues this weekend at my daughters school in Southern California. She plays a part in the Monologue. I'm proud to be her mom. She is empowering young women and in doing so, empowering me as well!!!

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I thought I was a liberated woman!

Where does The Vagina Monologues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Eye opening. The fact hat it is performed by the author/performer makes it completely real.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

She eases the listener from humor to serious information, and back to humor in order to not completely shock the listener.

Which scene was your favorite?

What would your vagina wear?

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

No film.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't believe I was really a closet prude!


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Great collection.

Each monologue was interesting, many were funny, many made me stop and think. I really enjoyed the collection and how varied it was in terms of the ages, races and class backgrounds of those discussed. It also included both heterosexual and homosexual essays and never felt biased, to me, toward one or the other.

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No Stars

Is it allowed to put no stars? Wow I was disappointed maybe it was just overhyped I can only use the words horrendous or difficult to read or just bad. I have wasted too much of my life just writing this review thats how bad.