The Feminine Mystique
- Narrated by: Parker Posey
- Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-08-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Betty Friedan's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Naomi Wolf about the life and work of Betty Friedan – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.
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By Jim R. Dawson on 22-08-16
Very interesting book - enjoyable performance
I often struggle with non fiction. I tend to find it unengaging and difficult to digest. However, Friedan's work is so grounded, so rooted in statistic and real life examples that it makes it perhaps not easily digestable but palatable with very little chewing.
Very small point on the delivery - the reader can slightly over pronounce her 's' and 'sh' sounds. When I was listening on my headphones, it had a tendency to give me a headache, but this may just be me being overly sensitive!
By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15
a brilliant book boringly narrated
this is a really interesting and important book in feminist thought. something about the narration on this audible product is hard to listen to. she is very monotone which sends you to sleep, but also she has this conflict/retaliatory tone which makes the monologue sound aggressive.
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By Anthony on 23-01-15
A landmark book of its time and relevant now
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is a landmark book of its time, and it is still relevant for all women today. This book describes the early 20th century turning of women from vital human beings, who were fulfilled by higher education and work, into a mystique that proved to be a mix of self-suppression and repression, which eventually was supported by society at large and by women themselves.
How did women go from being over 50% of university educated people in the 1900’s through 1930’s to a human being who was supposed to be dedicated to others who gained her sense of self-worth and fulfillment from serving and giving up her own personhood? How did this effect the women themselves, and their family? How did it affect the age at which women married?
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, how did women, who while society was telling them that they should be happy, start breaking out of the mold of the feminine mystique.
How damaging was the illusion of the feminine mystique to women themselves, husbands, daughters, and sons? How does this affect us today?
How was this related to profit? There was a lot of profit to be made at the expense of the wellbeing of women. This is still true.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book.
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
By Charles Grey on 04-04-16
Historically Important Book, Badly Narrated
Betty Friedan's book is a cultural milestone in the same way that other books of its time, like The Lonely Crowd, The Organization Man, and The Hidden Persuaders is. A lot of the information is pretty dated, but the book opens a window up onto American culture and society in the mid-twentieth century. The reading by Parker Posey, however, is godawful. Monotonous and flat with no variation in tone. Probably better to read a hard copy of the book rather than suffer through this rendition.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful