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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Gillian Anderson, Katy Hessel, Anita Rani, Jackie Kay, Len Pennie, Annabelle Hirsch, Shirley Manson, Rebecca Solnit, Sandi Toksvig, Marina Hyde, Naomi Shimada, and a Full Cast

History • 13 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Annabelle Hirsch's feminist look at history through 101 idiosyncratic objects is given a captivating performance by the author and 100 narrators. The choice of performers, including actors, authors, and commentators, is as clever as the short essays about the objects. We have an anecdote about a healed femur from 30,000 BCE, narrated by Gillian Anderson; a fifth-century BCE Amazon warrior doll, read by Len Pennie; a seventeenth-century thumbscrew, read by Val McDermid; an eighteenth-century bidet, read by Olivia Colman; a nineteenth-century knife, read by Samin Nosrat; Greta Garbo's 1927 pen, read by Christiane Amanpour; 2017's pussy hat, read by Vivian Opara. These and many more voices enhance the informative, insightful, subversive, and witty writing, making this an audiobook to savor and recommend. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2024]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9780593868171 $22.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2024

DD ISBN 9780593868188 $66.50

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