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On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back

Narrated by: Stacey Dooley
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, written and read by Stacey Dooley. 

Put yourself in their shoes. 

In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a 20-something working in fashion retail. She was selected to take part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts, which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK high street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations, establishing her as one of BBC3's most celebrated presenters. 

Through the course of her documentary making, Stacey has covered a variety of topics, from sex trafficking in Cambodia to Yazidi women fighting back in Syria. At the core of her reporting are incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances - from sex workers in Russia to victims of domestic violence in Honduras. 

In her first audiobook, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience. From gender equality and domestic violence to sex trafficking and sexual identity, Stacey weaves these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today. 

©2018 Stacey Dooley (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Amazing!

Considered, inspiring and eye-opening. I’ve long followed Stacey’s work and believe that she’s an amazing inspiration for women, and men. This summary of the many dangerous/ saddening encounters she has come across as a journalist gives a raw, true account to listers - while making it easy to empathise with on a human level - and hopefully opens doors for discussion and change.

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Exceptional

This is a great book. I often find that the narrator makes or breaks an audiobook, Stacey read it so well, she keeps you engaged throughout. It has been a real eye opener for me.

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A true inspiration

Everyone must read or (ideally) listen to Stacey narrate this book. The stories are harrowing, thought provoking and she's dead honest. everyoone should hear what Stacey has to say. she's an incredible woman who talks so elequently, compassionately and challenges thinking about so many different issues in the world. I'm actually going to miss hearing her voice a little!

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I must watch the tv programmes

I only know of Stacey through strictly come dancing and loved her down to earth style on that. I wanted her to succeed from week one! In truth I didn’t get the sense of real hardship, injustice or danger for her or the victims through the written word but I enjoyed the book none the less. So I will seek out the programmes on catch up

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An honest view on the abuse of the underdogs

I haven’t read non-fiction books for years but I was drawn to this book by the sassy attitude of the author on Strictly Come Dancing. Prior to the show I’d never heard of her ( perhaps as I’m 69 and in a different genre group) but I saw this book and decided to read/listen to it and it’s been one of the best choices in my reading/reviewing life. She comes across as honest and very open with her feelings and in no way self serving. I’m completely blown away with this effort , especially as it’s her first attempt . Well done Stacey 😊

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Moving and real

A moving and real account of brave women around the world in truly awful situations

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Important docujournalist telling essential stories

Stacey Dooley is an unexpected serious journalist and documentary maker. As she says herself, she is a girl from Luton who spent her wages of clothes and having fun. Until she didn't any more. Until she became aware of where all the fashion she enjoyed came from, and at what cost. And then began the awakening that has resulted in this important docu-journalist telling essential stories.

I have seen some of her documentaries and I think they work as television because she is not your average journalist - instead she is your average woman. She speaks in a way we can all understand. We all were her, or are her.
This book works equally as well.
Each chapter is about one of the women she met during the making of a documentary. As such, each chapter gives a little more depth to the documentary and, if you have not seen it, makes the reader want to. I know i am going to be binge watching everything she has done now.

Her casual tone and chatty way of speaking makes the hard issues she is actually talking about more stark, more awful and more relevant. She is not preaching - she is just telling you what she thinks and believes. And that is powerful.

A good book worth reading whether you want to watch the documentaries or not. But do - they are worth your time

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Deeply insightful and Perfectly written

What an intuitive book. Deeply insightful, pointing out things that would not be known about or spoken about. Informing the world of the darker parts, to encourage help and support.

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Great insight into her life and beliefs.

I really enjoyed this book. She’s done some brave things and been in some scary situations and she recounted them and her views on the situations well, to make me more aware of issues facing women around the world. Her delivery was a little stilted in parts, but I’m pleased it was her reading the book. It made it more real.

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Powerful! Worth a listen

I’ve loved Stacey since I first saw her on her BBC programmes. She is such a great interviewer and so forward, she asks all the questions you know you would want to ask, if only you had the courage.
The book is full of emotional turmoil, however having seen most of the programs Stacey talks about it was lovely to get that extra understanding.
I would definitely recommend this book!

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  • 11-03-18

Fantastic

What a woman. Loved every second!! Thank you Stacey Dooley. Absolute legend. Highly recommend this audiobook!