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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments In honor of Women's History Month, our March Topic is Outspoken Women.

Fabulous audiobios, memoirs, and works of audiobook fiction by and about fabulous women. We're taking it week by week.

March 1-7: Social Activists. Great audiobooks by and about great female social activists. And if there's an amazing fictional take on a woman social activist, that's good too.

I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
I'll get the discussion going with this. Two fantastic audiobook versions of an amazing memoir of Malala, who stood up to the Taliban and won the Nobel Peace Prize. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...


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Fran Wilkins | 563 comments I'd like to add Infidel. Another amazing memoir about standing up for women's rights against Islamic fundamentalism.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
What a great choice, Fran! I didn't know of it, which is too embarrassing, as in addition to your recommendation, it got a great review in AudioFile: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi.... Sounds like a terrific memoir about a brave woman.

Keep the suggestions coming!


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Patricia (pjaye) | 447 comments One of my favourite books is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd with excellent narration by Jenna Lamia & Adepero Oduye.
Essentially a work of fiction but based on a real person, Sarah Grimke who spoke out publicly to oppose slavery and advocate for women's rights.
Born in 1792 she was definitely ahead of her time with her ideas.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Patricia wrote: "One of my favourite books is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd with excellent narration by Jenna Lamia & Adepero Oduye.
Essentially a work of fiction but based on a real pers..."


Hi Patricia, this is Aurelia for AudioFile. I, too, love Sue Monk Kidd, and that book won an AudioFile Earphones Award! http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi... The reviewer emphasizes the book's focus on the fight for social justice.

It's great when a fiction writer can make us feel and think more deeply about real-world situations, isn't it?

By the way, here's a link to one of the wonderful narrators, Jenna Lamia. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/narr.... She was also one of the Earphones Award-winning narrators in The Help, another great fictional take on women standing up for social justice. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi....


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MissSusie | 2002 comments AudioFile wrote: "Patricia wrote: "One of my favourite books is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd with excellent narration by Jenna Lamia & Adepero Oduye.
Essentially a work of fiction but bas..."


You can't go wrong with Jenna Lamia she never disappoints!


I guess you could put Gloria Steinem's My Life on the Road on this list , I haven't had a chance to listen yet but it's on my TBL and I've heard great things about it.


I would also add Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks narrated by, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin....The subject of the book may not be fighting for change but the author is.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments MissSusie wrote: "AudioFile wrote: "Patricia wrote: "One of my favourite books is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd with excellent narration by Jenna Lamia & Adepero Oduye.
Essentially a work ..."


This is Aurelia for AudioFile. Fantastic suggestions, Miss Susie.

Our reviewer liked the Steinem book: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...

And your point about the Henrietta Lacks book is an interesting one and a novel take on this week's theme of outspoken women who are social activists. The book definitely galvanized some activism! http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...


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Pamela | 91 comments Perhaps another social activist, definitely outspoken, was Betty Friedan with her revolutionary feminist book The Feminine Mystique. This is a classic, came out in the early 1960's. I haven't read the book and just bought the audio book yesterday, so now I might actually get to it.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments This is Aurelia for AudioFile. Such a worthwhile suggestion, Pamela. Onto the Outspoken Women list it goes! Our reviewer liked the narration by Posey Parker (if that's the one you have).
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...
And we'll definitely be interested in your reactions once you hit 'play.'


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Pamela | 91 comments Yep, I did get the one narrated by Posey Parker. I'll have to move this up on my reading/listening pile. It's been on my list to read for many years.

Also want to add that I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (I read the print book.) It was eye-opening!


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Pamela wrote: "Yep, I did get the one narrated by Posey Parker. I'll have to move this up on my reading/listening pile. It's been on my list to read for many years.

Also want to add that I thoroughly enjoyed Reb..."


Aurelia for AudioFile here. Love the extra vote for Henrietta Lacks even if it was a print book :)! I put off listening for a long time, sure that it would sadden me. It did in a way, but it was also galvanizing and so worth our time.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Notorious RBG The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon This is Aurelia for AudioFile with a 'hot off the AudioFile newsletter' suggestion. The amazing Ruth Bader Ginzberg, aka Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Andi Arndt LOVED reading the book and falling for a women she already admired. RBG is 82, pumps iron, and speaks from the bench. Hooray Outspoken Women!


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Aurelia for AudioFile here with some great free sound clips from some of our Outspoken Women list. https://soundcloud.com/audiofilemagaz...


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MissSusie | 2002 comments 2 that I would like to read that were in the newsletter and both won Earphones Awards are

Find a Way by, Diana Nyad
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by, Betty Caroli, Read by Amanda Carlin
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...

These both sound interesting!


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments MissSusie wrote: "2 that I would like to read that were in the newsletter and both won Earphones Awards are

Find a Way by, Diana Nyad
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/revi...

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Aurelia here. So glad you found these, MissSusie. They do sound most interesting - and inspiring! I love how all spot different books in one newsletter, depending on our particular interests.


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Aurelia for AudioFile here with some great Soundcloud recordings of books by and about Outspoken Women! They're loads of fun. Have a listen.
Gloria Steinem on becoming a feminist: https://soundcloud.com/audiofilemagaz...
Brene Brown on rising strong from the pains of life: https://soundcloud.com/audiofilemagaz...
Amanda Palmer on when to let other people help: https://soundcloud.com/audiofilemagaz...


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments This is Aurelia for AudioFile. We're declaring March 20-26 the Week of Fictional Outspoken Women! Give us your favorites.

To celebrate, we're having a fabulous Guest Narrator! An outspoken women who reads outspoken fictional women. It's Lorelei King, who brings us Janet Evanovich, Debbie Macomber, Partricia Cornwell, and Kathy Reichs, among many others.


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MissSusie | 2002 comments Lorelei King is a great one to represent outspoken fictional women you can't get much more outspoken than Stephanie Plum and Mercy Thompson!


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Msjodi777 | 52 comments AudioFile wrote: "This is Aurelia for AudioFile. We're declaring March 20-26 the Week of Fictional Outspoken Women! Give us your favorites...."

How funny! I was just thinking this morning that I should add Jane Whitefield to your list of outspoken women. Jane is Thomas Perry's creation. She is smart, tough, not afraid to speak her mind, and willing to help those in need. So far, there are 8 books in the Jane Whitefield series, and all the ones I have read so far are excellent. <><


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Msjodi777 wrote: "AudioFile wrote: "This is Aurelia for AudioFile. We're declaring March 20-26 the Week of Fictional Outspoken Women! Give us your favorites...."

How funny! I was just thinking this morning that I s..."


Aurelia here. Great suggestion!


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments This is Aurelia for AudioFile reminding folks that in honor of Fictional Outspoken Women, we have a giveaway on our Facebook page of the newest Maisie Dobbs mysteries! More info in the Giveaway-Free Audiobooks Discussion.

Journey to Munich CD A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear A Dangerous Place A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear


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MissSusie | 2002 comments Aurelia,

I love your review of A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls in the newsletter today definitely going to listen to this one!


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments MissSusie wrote: "Aurelia,

I love your review of A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls in the newsletter today definitely going to listen to this one!"


Hey, MissSusie, thank you! It is a fun one. Captured me by surprise.

And thanks for giving a shout out to the free AudioFile eNewsletters. They're short, full of good info, and don't come too often - all pluses in my book. You can sign up here: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/emai... .


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments MissSusie wrote: "Aurelia,

I love your review of A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls in the newsletter today definitely going to listen to this one!"


Thanks for spotting the connection between this fun book and our Outspoken Women theme for March! I may may written the review, but I missed the connection. You're way more on the ball than I am. :)


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MissSusie | 2002 comments AudioFile wrote: "MissSusie wrote: "Aurelia,

I love your review of A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls in the newsletter today definitely going to liste..."


Badass = Outspoken!


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Jeanie | 3653 comments Thanks for posting the newsletter link... finally signed up for it. Don't know why it took me so long since Audiofile is focused on one of my major loves. Better late than never. ;)


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AudioFile Mag | 1895 comments Jeanie wrote: "Thanks for posting the newsletter link... finally signed up for it. Don't know why it took me so long since Audiofile is focused on one of my major loves. Better late than never. ;)"

Absolutely! Have fun.


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