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A Woman of the World

Narrated by: Kathleen Chalfant
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins

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Summary

Meet Mabel Loomis Todd, an inspired conversationalist who routinely invites scandal and ignores the rules of 19th century society. Now in her 70s and living on Hog Island in Maine, the outspoken writer and editor is holding court, entertaining us with musings on her colorful life, spilling secrets, and revealing the truth about how she turned Emily Dickinson into a household name. In an intriguing performance, Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant embodies the spirit of a fascinating woman whose legacy is forever linked to one of America’s most celebrated poets. 

A Woman of the World was originally produced by the Acting Company in association with Miranda Theatre Company. Written with the support of an artist residency at Hog Island Audubon Camp.

Written by Rebecca Gilman
Performed by Kathleen Chalfant
Directed by Valentina Fratti 

©2020 Rebecca Gilman (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-20

Not worth time

Some stories really aren’t that interesting.

Just because the characters (real or fictional) have connection to a famous person doesn’t mean they’re that interesting.

It was a waste of my time. Which is saying a lot considering all I have is time.

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  • Brownell Landrum
  • 06-04-20

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I don't have any knowledge of whether this is pure fiction or has some basis in truth. If I cared, I would look it up. All I know is that I despised the "main character." She's as self-absorbed and narcissistic as they come.

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  • Rebecca Graham
  • 05-04-20

Not worth your time

please step it up Audible, please! I love history including American literary women’s history, but all of this was boring and pointless

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  • Newme
  • 03-04-20

Performance worth it!

Fabulous! Musings on the private lives of very public figures, by a woman who has seen it all. I don’t know how much is true and how much embellished, but I loved the performance. It was witty and poignant — I savored every word like a fine confection. Love love love! Audible Originals has really stepped up their game lately.

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  • Moon
  • 09-04-20

Drivel and prattle

Really obnoxious format. Sometimes offensive, for example insinuating that a woman is “unnatural” if she chooses not to have children. Really tried to listen to the whole thing, it’s only an hour but it’s an hour, but it was really tough to get through.

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  • EssieE
  • 03-04-20

Bat Crazy, Funny and Entertaining

A must read. Makes you think, laugh, scream, and holler. The best revenge against snobs and snobbery.

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  • m Gary
  • 07-04-20

Need to read biography first

You really need to read the biography of this woman first. This story is based on facts but it doesn’t make much sense if you don’t know anything about her beforehand. I wish I had known that. The narrator was excellent.

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  • Knepp
  • 06-04-20

endearing

The story runs as a one woman show. I had originally thought this was a true story, I must not have focused while reading the description. it is a wonderful take told in a voice of an old woman who doesn't give a hoot how her listeners feel about her. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-04-20

Sort of a random stream of consciousness

The tale rabbit-trailed all over but it was an entertaining path. A reasonable length for its meandering.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-20

Why?

Woman riding Emily Dickinson's coattail all her life tells stories that prove she really needed Dickinson to be interesting. Narrator did an amazing job of holding this one together though.

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