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How to Be a Woman Audiobook

How to Be a Woman

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Publisher's Summary

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites The Female Eunuch from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: We have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain....

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in "How To Be A Woman" - following her from her terrible 13th birthday ("I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me") through adolescence, the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.

Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show Naked City on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on the Times - both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column "Celebrity Watch".

The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism - mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened "Catherine". But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: "Catlin". It causes trouble for everyone.

©2011 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Spectacular! Very, very funny, moving, and revealing" (Jonathan Ross)

"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend." (Simon Pegg)

“I devoured How to Be A Woman in one sitting.... This is the book that frustrated boyfriends have wanted someone...to write for decades” (Dan Stevens, The Times)

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    Melanie Clark 09/04/2016
    Melanie Clark 09/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING!"

    A must read for all. Men in particular! Could be titled "Understanding Why Women ..."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Skeeter 18/03/2016
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    "Terrible"

    Take my review with a pinch of salt because I only listen for a couple of painful hours. I bought this one off the back of "Is it just me" which was just brilliant so it might be that nothing could stack up to Miranda Hart's brilliance and humour. But I didn't laugh once during How to be a Woman because it wasn't funny or amusing....and I'm a feminist. I found it distasteful. For the sake of a wasted audio credit I kept listening longer than I should have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rah 13/04/2015
    rah 13/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "funny and true"

    it all comes down to "is it polite?"... i will be sharing this book with my four daughters as they grow up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evita 27/07/2016
    Evita 27/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "the best book!!"

    it was amazing I could not stop listening to it
    .I could relate so much..I would read it again and again

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    bonnie 19/01/2016
    bonnie 19/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious and honest, what a woman"
    Where does How to Be a Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Caitlin Moran is so funny and listening to her narrate her own story was a true blessing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her honesty and humour, it is so relatable. Particularly the chapter on weddings and also, being a woman


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you are a woman, or know a woman, then it is your god given responsibility to read this book


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    Sam 02/12/2015
    Sam 02/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "eye opener"

    narrator was fantastic especially with mocking accents! totally a game Changer for me - read it!

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    Jenny 09/07/2015
    Jenny 09/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome."

    love her voice love her acccent love the message and all the reminiscences. really really enjoyable and empowering.

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    Claire 29/07/2014
    Claire 29/07/2014
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    "loved it!"
    Would you listen to How to Be a Woman again? Why?

    Great book! Cleverly written and read with a friendly, casual and hilarious narrative voice; Caitlin Moran is a woman to be proud of!


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  • Sara
    Castlecrag, Australia
    14/07/12
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    "Stirring Stuff!"

    This book should probably come with a an explicit language warning, but once you get past that, Ms Moran writes with clarity, honesty and humour. Her reading feels like having a clever, funny friend sitting on your sofa.

    This is the sort of writing that gives feminism a good name.

    I shall be giving a copy to my teenage daughter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colleen
    Gaborone, Botswana
    2/07/12
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    "Cuts to the bone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Every woman should know that there are other women who feel the same way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love that Caitlin feels for her siblings and her honesty in telling the story, a lot of people would shy away from the abortion.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    It is like sitting on the sofa having a chat with your mate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    amsterdam, Netherlands
    4/06/12
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    "Must read, especially for men (yes I am a man...)"

    From a literature standpoint there may be things to criticize, basically that is 'too much' here and there. But the tone is light, Caitlin is frank and at the end of the day very sharp and refreshingly original on a very very important subject of which we should all be more conscious of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    london, United Kingdom
    10/04/12
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    "A great listen"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    Caitlin Moran's take on the definition of being a woman, With wit and humour she covers l the whole range of being a woman, from anatomy to relationships, work, children, even a bit on fashion. All men should read it, it'll be an eye opener, even for honorary women!


    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's great at reading her own book, brings some depth to the written word,


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How to be a woman, of course


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susanne
    30/10/16
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    "Generally funny, but I expected something more"

    In my opinion this book is a reasonably funny autobiography which talks about today's view of what it means to be a woman. Nicely read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dyan Muijsenberg
    19/05/16
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    "Best way to get into feminism"

    Feminism in a hilarious jacket. She talks about her way of finding out how to be a woman and threads recognizable situations in there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby
    Australia
    15/03/16
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    "How Caitlin Moran Wants to be a Woman"

    Really enjoyed listening to Caitlin read her book, and I loved and appreciated much of what she has to say about Being Woman. As a strident feminist, I marked her down a touch for the things I disagree with her on (just a couple!) but up for making me laugh so much. Down a wee bit for swearing so much I can't share it with my pre teen kids yet. Then again, I didn't want to have the abortion discussion with them just yet anyway. Good book; recommended to all over 16/18 yrs old, but I'm sure it will appeal most to over 30s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alibali501
    30/07/15
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    "Ludicrousness, hilarity, and food for thought."

    Self-narrated, Caitlin Moran addresses the struggles of the modern day woman through anecdotes of her own hilarious experiences. Instead of succumbing to patriarchal shaming of how a woman in contemporary society "should be", she calls out misogynistic tendencies as 'fucking bullshit' AND backs her arguments with solid reasoning. Though there are areas Moran could have explored further by substituting speculation, her presentation of feminist activism is flamboyant, fierce, but fun. If you can stomach a few gnarly details and embrace a northern-girl's choice of language, this book is bound to give you several PAAAHAH!!! moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Auckland, New Zealand
    2/04/14
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    "More than you ever wanted to know"

    Though I agree with most of her philosophies and opinions on life and feminism,
    I would have liked it if there was a version with not quite so many f and c words in it- more than any other book I've read, or heard of - and the chapter when she's 13 could have done with WAY less detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Auckland, New Zealand
    25/07/13
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    "A must read for every woman..."
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    And man for that matter! Caitlin Moran is the perfect mix of idealism, logic and light-heartedness. I was laughing and nodding along in agreement the whole time. Takes what is generally known as a boring and stodgy topic and makes it hilarious and fun. Had me wishing it wouldn't come to an end, cannot stop recommending this to my friends.


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  • GlaswegianLassie
    Scotland
    23/12/12
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    "Indispensable listening"

    A wonderful book. Moran really has nailed the funny, frustrating and infuriating absurdities and injustices of everyday life for the modern woman. For me this book expresses really well a lot of the things women need to be fighting against and fighting for. And every issue is explored with great thoroughness, every argument rigorously evidenced. But it's not an academic text or political manifesto - it's a very entertaining, funny and often heartwarming autobiography, sometimes uncomfortable (the chapter on childbirth is not for the faint-hearted) but rightly so. And the author's reading is vibrant, emphatic and life-affirming. I found fifteen minutes with Caitlin a great tonic! Can't recommend this highly enough.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    24/07/12
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    "The best audio book so far!"

    This had me laughing out loud so much on the tube. I got some very quizzical looks from fellow commuters. It almost made me cry in places too. Strident, opinionated, witty and strong. An awesome book. Do listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    6/05/12
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    "Like having a chat with a funny friend"

    Well narrated by the author. I loved this book and looked forward to my commute so I could carry on where I left off. It was laugh out loud funny in places and always interesting. It explained feminism to me in a way which made me realise that, yes actually, I am a feminist and I'd be proud of saying it. I only wish her first book was on Audible.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    24/12/12
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    "How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran"

    I was dubious initially about this one as I thought it might be faux feminisim but downloaded it when I needed something light and funny to listen to. I was really pleasantly surprised as its both genuinely amusing and moving at times but also contains some fresh perspectives. And Caitlin's Wolverhampton accent really added to the experience - nothing beats a book read by the author.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • kamila
    GREENFORD, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "A must read"

    one of the funniest books I've had a pleasure to read in a long time!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Margo Noo
    BROMLEY, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Thought provoking."

    I didn't agree with everything Catlin writes but it has left me considering things from a feminist point of view and to basically stand up for my opinions and question other's opinions. It's definitely worth a read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    7/10/12
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    "Not sure about this"

    I can't decide if I enjoyed this, at times it was interesting and thought provoking, then I realised, I was being told my life isn't good enough if I don't think or live like Catlin Moran. She seems to have a way of putting everyone down that doesn't think like her, without you even realising. Not a feel good book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • K Cicero
    Cambridge, UK
    14/04/13
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    "How to be a funny, warm, entertaining woman"

    I was always a bit suspicious of Caitlin Moran - her reputation as a clever, cool writer seemed to precede her. Then I heard her being interviewed on Radio 4 and her warmth and wit struck me. There is no pomposity, no intellectual superiority, even though she is quite probably intellectually superior to your average Joe. She is quite simply a funny woman with a quirky story, and tells it with style.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    23/11/12
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    "Disappointing read"

    Expecting to laugh out loud, only the urge to get to the end got me through this. It does have some good reviews but just not to my taste in humour.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    18/07/12
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    "A Fantastic listen"

    What a fantastic listen! This is a superb mixture of an autobiography and a feminist manifest and I found myself completely drawn into Caitlin's hilarious family. Some laugh out loud moments and so many observations I was cheering at. Brilliantly narrated by the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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