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The Female Eunuch

Narrated by: Germaine Greer
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)
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Summary

Available in audio for the first time since its publication in 1970, and narrated by the author, Germaine Greer.

A worldwide best seller, The Female Eunuch is a landmark book in the history of the women's movement and a ground-breaking feminist tract. Drawing from history, literature, and popular culture - past and present - Germaine Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is both an important social commentary and a passionately argued polemical masterpiece. This is one of the most famous, most widely read books on feminism ever written.

©1970 Germaine Greer (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"A dazzling tract, erudite, outrageous, funny." ( Cosmopolitan)
"Brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight…The best feminist book so far." ( The New York Times)
"A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity and eroticism." ( Newsweek)
"Intelligent, funny and beautifully written." ( Vogue)
"Germaine Greer in The Female Eunuch converted me to Women’s Lib, as much by her bawdy sense of humour as by the bite of her polemic." ( Observer)

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  • Philip
  • Tonbridge, United Kingdom
  • 09-03-13

great reading

I thought this worked great as an audiobook.



Like a previous reviewer I was a little ashamed at not having read the book- I've bought a copy since- simply because I came across it very cheap in Oxfam- and I was surprised how much denser it looked on the page- so that's an achievement- to make a dense book easy audio.



It wouldn't have worked nearly so well without Germaine Greer reading it herself- it was great to have a narrator that had a complete understanding of the text and an authorial authority over it, adding a (very occassional) footnote and, once, a rather telling 'Huh!'



Audible ought to now engage her to narrate a few Barbara Cartland romances- her reading of extracts from Cartland and Georgette Hayer were screamingly funny.



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Has dated, but important to have read it

I'm embarrassed that I hadn't read this before, and would have benefited from it decades ago. Although many things have changed, many things remain as true now as when this book was written. It was ok in audible format, though narrative works are more enjoyable in this format.

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This is all Germaine Greer’s personal opinion. There is no empirical evidence. I agree that Men & Women should have equal pay, equal rights but she doesn’t seem to believe tgat genuine love can exist between the sexes & there’s virtually nothing on raising a living family.

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Absolute drivel; it's almost comical.

Don't bother. Seriously. You won't learn anything. At most it will give you a good laugh. the narrator is pretty good, even if she does say libido in a funny way.

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A terrible bore

Externalised self loathing bourgouise feminism. An extended opinion piece juggling perfectly picked cherries to suit the needs of a pre-judged argument.

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I have changed my mind about this.....

I first read the book in 1991, I was 16 and I felt then that a) I was young and would not be so hoodwinked b) these poor housewives of the 1960s, how in the past they must be and c) I had no idea what many of the literary references meant. BUT - lots of it did get through and stuck. I read it again for a women's studies course at university (one of the last courses to survive) and by then had learned about Classics, History, English Literature enough to understand the cultural references and see that what Greer was talking about was not confined to a few women in the mid 20th Century. I have really enjoyed listening to this again on Audible. While Greer's accent shifts about a bit, which I find amusing and engaging, she adds the firebrandishness needed to the written word that says more about her intentions when she wrote it and more about what has and has not changed since. There are some key phrases in here that resound in much motivational feminist pieces such as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, and whereas when I was younger I thought 'none of this could ever "happen" to me' or 'I'll never fall into those traps', I find that in fact, much of this lies quietly beneath the surface and that the liberation of women may have only be discursive and not really all that REAL and in real terms. If at the very least, you walk away from the book and wonder do I respect (other) women and their achievements? then it has worked. I thought I did, but I have a lot more work to do.

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A Males View

As a male,I found "The Female Eunuch" an eye opening read.Yes some of what the writer is talking about is no longer the case,but unfortunatley too much of it is still the case!Infact,I would go as far to say that in some respects things have regressed.Germaine Greer has not only written an important book,but also superbly narrates this call to arms for all sexes.

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A good listen for anyone interested in feminism

Although it's a good listen, I believe you would find it hard to find anyone the completely agrees with everything this book is. However it is good and even amazing in parts, giving much needed insight where it has often been overlooked. The author who is the narrator pronounces some words hilariously, this may put some off but I loved it. I did find the radom change to an America woman sometimes jarring.

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  • Raggles
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 06-06-16

Read by the author

it was great to be able to listen to this must-read as I would have never made time to read it. It's always a particular treat to hear an author read their own work and Greer is particularly entertaining!

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Must read for freedom & equality

Excellent collection of feminist and historical literature in Greer's indomitable straight forward style. We have come a long way from the first suffragettes but not far enough when most womens work at home is still largely unpaid and marriage benefits society and men, not women and mothers. Everyone knows a nice woman chucked out in middle age after keeping house and raising the children, to live near poverty while he has a younger model AND his career! Stinks

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