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  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Lucy Christian Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great essays, awful perky narration

  • By trulymadlysalsa on 05-02-18

Great book, awful narrator

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Reviewed: 06-03-18

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.

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