Men Explain Things to Me
- Narrated by: Lucy Christian Bell
- Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 23-12-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings. From rape culture to mansplaining, from French sex scandals to marriage and the nuclear family, from Virginia Woolf to colonialism, these essays are a fierce and incisive exploration of the issues that a patriarchal culture will not necessarily acknowledge as 'issues' at all.
With grace and energy, and in the most exquisite and inviting of prose, Rebecca Solnit proves herself a vital leading figure of the feminist movement and a radical, humane thinker.
"Slim but trenchant collection of essays… As a collection it is an eloquent reminder that we still have some way to go when it comes to speaking of the issues she raises. She writes forcefully about the case of Domonique Strauss-Kahn. And yet this is not a gloomy book" (Erica Wagner in The Financial Times)
'[Rebecca] is not one of the most important female essayists of her generation. She is one of the most important essayists of her generation." (Stuart Kelly in the Scotland on Sunday )
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By trulymadlysalsa on 05-02-18
Great essays, awful perky narration
The narrator sounds like she's smiling through all the descriptions of terrible wars, gang rapes of children etc. Like the endlessly, inappropriately cheery newsreader from 'Futurama', but with vocal fry.
Sorry, but has to be said. :(
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By AmazonKate on 06-03-18
Great book, awful narrator
Amazing book of essays: So powerful. So thoughtful. So necessary.
The narrator, on the other hand, spoke like a news robot. Over-enunciating the wrong syllables, her cantor was inauthentic. She sounds comedically American- not like a real human, but a caricature of my country-people. The most disappointing and truly distracting aspect of her narration is that she, rather expertly, keeps an optimism and happiness in her tone, as if she’s smiling with every word. It’s as if the entire narration is an advertisement selling laundry soap. When she should be slower, more deliberate, more somber, she sounds like she’s telling someone’s secret, with a pleasurable smile. These stories require more gravity, more seriousness, more austerity. I wish I could tell her: It’s okay not to sound happy or read this with a smile. It’s okay not to be giving the listener an audible wink. Please, retake this. Be authentic. Be nuanced. Allow yourself to be immersed and affected.
For the potential reader, buy the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful