Three Women

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All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her?  

All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?  

All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?  

Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.

©2019 Lisa Taddeo (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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"The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long." (New Statesman)

"Extraordinary." (Jojo Moyes)

"I will probably re-read it every year of my life." (Caitlin Moran)

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Honest and real lives of women told by a women

Telling stories of womens deepest desires in an honest and vulnerable way cannot be an easy task. I listened without judge as best I could knowing how brave these women are and often identified with their highs and lows.

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Fascinating,sad and true

Wonderfully honest look at women and desire and how we are still trapped in such old harmful , judgmental thinking still today. Beautifully read and very thought provoking.

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  • Zebra Karma
  • 09-13-19

Fabulous - with some caveats

This is a stunningly written account of three different American women. Lisa Todeo has a knack for providing telling details and I was soon thoroughly immersed in their stories.

It’s just worth beating in mind the following.There is a LOT of graphic sex, mostly told in unsparing detail. In my opinion it is very well done. But

If that’s not appealing, give this one a miss. And on that note, you really have to listen to this one with earphones. I was listening one day when I answered the phone with it still running. Major embarrassment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

Fantastic listen

Loved it , especially Maggie's story. Didn't want to get out the car. I am a fifty something bloke!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-15-20

Dull

This book is graphically sexual and it's unnecessary. Some of the content was so crude I couldn't listen to it. The characters are not likeable and I didn't connect with any of them. I gave up halfway through

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  • tamara
  • 09-12-19

Her story is my story

The structure, prose, content and context of each narrative of these woman is exquisite - in its heartache, in its sensual endeavours, in its lust + loss for life. I didn't want it to end. I savoured every sentence. I identified with their stories because of my female born body and because of my experiences. Our stories need to be told. Need to be written. Need to circulate. This book was a grand binocular into the details and desires that slip into our roles and history of woman and the wounds we carry daily.

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  • BanBan
  • 08-26-19

Entertaining and thought-provoking

Uncomfortable to listen to at times but this is what made Three Women an important book. Taddeo’s writing is captivating and made me feel so much part of the lives these women had been living.

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  • Faye Elliman
  • 08-22-19

Honest and thought provoking.

This booking is a really honest view into three women’s lives and the society we live in. There is somthing for every woman to relate to in this book and I recommend all read it.
The performances are fantastic.

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  • Sheena Kelly
  • 08-09-19

Original, spicy and thoughtful

The writing in this book is just plain brilliant. Enabling you to effortlessly move from woman to woman intimately. The stories are fascinating and simultaneously easy and hard to believe (not doubting the authenticity, just remarking on the fascinating lives the 3 women have led) brilliant insight into the intricacies of how women think and feel in different relationships and tough situations. Just a great read

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  • J. Drew
  • 03-24-20

Three women

“Love is not what you feel, it's what you do”
Wow, as a middle age man, I wasn’t sure what I would make of this book. And one review mentioned that some of these women didn’t appear as anything special in their stories. But the descriptions of these three different women, Lina, Sloane and Maria, and their desires and love, which aren’t always the same things though that’s not always clear when you're in a world of either desire or pain. Lina wants French kissing and desire and a man who’ll flip her and desire her (but the man she marries isn’t that), Maria has taken her teacher to court (though only when she realises he’s made teacher of the year) and who seduced her when she was a child at school, and Sloane is into threesomes with her husband - she’s my favourite but Maria’s story is the most gripping. I thought these three individual yet interlinked in their themes were three wonderfully stories, were almost Chekhovian in scope, meaning and description. These stories also took me back to my own youth and the sometimes unrealistic, messy and stupid expectations and dumb but wonderfully excstatic moments of transcendence and wonder in a mixture of hormonal chemicals and a still developing and not always emotionally fair or wise brain. I was riveted to their stories, all are flawed and not perfect, but aren’t we all - though perhaps some have greater self awareness than others. Some of their decisions hurt and they make choices that aren’t always likeable but these are made on the way that men make them too. I felt sympathy for the men and women equally though I’m sure some will hate or at least despise some of them. A book to make you think, feel and hopefully become a little more empathetic to others. I empathised with both the men and women in these stories (all real) and was always aware that my feelings and thoughts weren’t being made with the emotional weight or feelings that they were feeling - and that changes everything. It’s a real page turner and the author writes beautiful prose and a few philosophically wise words that grip and enlighten. I loved this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-20

Best book I have ever read

This book is a page turner, and honest. It is nice to hear some one talk about things I feel in a non judgmental way. I there was something in each character I could relate to. This book could be triggering to some.

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  • Mr Steven Lane
  • 03-03-20

Gut wrenchingly moving

loved the evocative descriptions of places and characters, and the vivid narratives. the voices seemed to match the characters which added extra emotion.

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  • Nicole
  • 10-22-19

Appallingly bad

This is a tale of misogyny and internalised misogyny - it has nothing to do with female sexuality. These three women are not extraordinary but are portrayed as the victims of white male supremacy and patriarchal culture. I do find it extraordinary that the women have so little self knowledge and never realise how they have unwittingly become victims of male power and accepted such prescribed and normative views of women’s roles in male sexual fantasy. But the poor vision of female sexuality portrayed here is the least of it. It is a portrayal of truly fucked up relationships between men and women. That these people still exist is so depressing. Don’t do it to yourself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-19

A difficult but necessary read

It’s hard to read at times because it forces women to reflect on their own internal thoughts and lives and to realise that they themselves have had similar experiences and thoughts. This can be extremely uncomfortable. But it is a necessary read. At the very least to help us move towards our own and each other’s distress and pain. As opposed to away from it.

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  • frlhughes
  • 03-08-20

Three stories of subjugation and misogyny

This is a book of subjugation and misogyny. it is not about female desire it is about rape, exploitation and domination. These women have or are being manipulated by men and see their value only through the eyes of men and THEIR sexual desire. All have chronically low self-esteem and deserve so much more.
I am rating this so poorly because I don't think the author calls this out. In fact the blow by blow descriptions of Lina's sexual encounters adds nothing to the narrative other than desperation and humiliation. (Frankly it reads like incredibly boring porn.)
I would not recommend this book - other than to wake up women - our sisters and friends to the need to listen to their own hearts and needs and that they deserve partners who will respect them as none of the men in this book do.

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  • Janet Sproule
  • 02-18-20

Beautiful written and narrated

Love loved this book. I could t stop listen. Thank you Lisa for such a beautiful told story of truth. Makes me sad it’s over.

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  • Laura Meritan
  • 02-03-20

More desperation than desire

This book is supposed to be about womens’ sexual desire but the subjects of the book have key things in common: low self-esteem stemming from abuse in their childhood and unreliable parents, and a story that involves men who use them. It’s more about desperation than desire, and left me feeling melancholy whenever I would listen to it. Engaging but sad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-20

A little disappointing

I was really excited to read this book as a number of friends had recommended it. While I think it was well written I personally found it disappointing & couldn’t warm to or relate to any of the 3 women. I found the stories a little self-pitying & the subtle undertone seemed to me that women should not be responsible for our own choices. I guess I found it a little disempowering for women but I know others would not share this perspective.

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  • Gemma
  • 01-07-20

Powerful

A curious and non-judgemental insight into the very different sexual lives of women.
Beautifully written and narrated. A must listen for all women.

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  • Nicole
  • 12-25-19

Three STRONG Women

Incredibly heartbeaking stories from three wonderfully strong women.
Beautifully written and eloquently read.
Highly recommend!

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  • Lisa Marshall
  • 12-13-19

Great Listen

Loved the stories, couldn't wait to listen to it each day. Great book to discuss.

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  • GemmaMead
  • 11-20-19

An uncomfortable but compelling read

I found the Maggie story the most compelling and tragic out of the three and such a current issue today. I did find the book uncomfortable at times with the candid details in Lina’s chapters.