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The Apology

Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
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This program includes a bonus interview with Tony Award-winning author Eve Ensler and Audible Editor Rachel Smalter Hall, as they talk about the inspiration behind this story.

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness and compassion and an expansive vision for the future. 

Remarkable and original, The Apology is an acutely transformational look at how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is revolutionary, asking everything of each of us: courage, honesty, and forgiveness. 

©2019 Eve Ensler (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Book is amazing, narration is terrible

This book is incredible and beautiful and important, and I don't want in any way to deter anyone from reading it--you have to read this book--I want to focus here on the narration in this particular production. Because of the nature of the story being told, I'm sure it was a giant challenge figuring out how to deliver the male's voice here--giving voice and life to such horror. That being said, the quavering melodrama in Ballerini's voice is completely distracting and impossible to disregard. I am desperate to hear this story, but I find myself constantly struggling to listen to the words and ignore the almost comedic intensity of the narrator. I can't get the image out of my head of some low-rent Hamlet addressing the skull in his hand in every. single. line. regardless of its actual significance to the story. At least find some modulation to the trembling, near-to-sobbing sound in your voice. I'm almost halfway done and I feel like I'm starting to sound like him as I contemplate how unbearable it will be to finish listening to this book.

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Stop Whatever You Are Doing and Read This Book

I’m a little speechless,………… I truly believe that Eve Ensler may have turned the tide! She may have found the answer. She may single-handedly be the one who guides us all back home. Bless you, Eve. Thank you thank you thank you!