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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the prologue, Meg Cabot describes her desire for a Barbie and her mother's reluctance to purchase one, basically summing up the conflict surrounding the doll since its introduction in 1959.

Listeners learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler. But more than that, Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influenced.

Was she a destructive role model or just a toy? Experts disagree. In this balanced overview, both sides of the quandary are addressed. Barbie's different roles, graduating from nurse to surgeon, stewardess to pilot, and always a woman of her own means, reflect societal changes over the past 50 years as well.

©2010 Tanya Lee Stone (P)2011 Recorded Books

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a story well told and researched

very interesting. I really enjoyed this mind opening experience. I still love barbie though and won't stop loving her. this just open my eyes to certain things.

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Learned a lot, but no solid foundation

I definitely learned a lot from this little book. It wasn't too ground breaking, but very informative. I do feel like the writer flip flopped on their side (for or against Barbie) and the uncertainty shone through. they should have picked a side, or remained neutral. It just lead to a very loose finish.

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Barbie's history in a nutshell

Good look at the life of Barbie and the woman who created her. She was an icon for me as a child growing up in the 70's and 80's and to my daughter now.

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I'll Never Look At Barbie The Same Way Again

I've been a Barbie collector for the past nine years and thought that I knew all that there was to know about her. But after having listened to this book, my perspective on her has completely changed. At the end of the day, there really is more to Barbie than just the blonde hair, blue eyes, wasp waist and big tits. Barbie is truly an icon, and it shouldn't really come as a shock to anyone that she's managed to not only exist but also stay relevant for almost sixty years. I guess she really does have "something special"! 💎

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great!

a great history of Barbie! I'm using for a history report and it's a great source.

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Everyone should read this book!

I love Barbie. But I understand why some don’t. This is a very entertaining book, that covers all sides equally. In the end, I see Barbie as having a huge role in American history and in helping girls tryout what they want to become. Go Barbie!

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Loved it!

I love Ruth. Such a strong woman with a vision. Barbie is Ruth! Go girls.

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HOLY BARBIEEEEEE

Oh my gosh, I did not to expect to love this book as much as I did!!! Wow!!! Very informative and interesting. It really made me miss my Barbies..

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Great Story...

This book makes me want to read/listen to Ruth and Barbie. Learned a lot about this little doll which is more than just a doll.

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Nice Objective Insightful

Very open minded views on Barbie and her creator through out the decades and generations.