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Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Narrated by: Stephanie Land
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.'   

As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society.    

As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid.    

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. 'I'd become a nameless ghost,' Stephanie writes. With this audiobook, she gives voice to the 'servant' worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

©2019 Stephanie Land (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Lacks maturity and accountability

This book puzzled me. Frustrated about situations the author would just find herself in, yet she kept putting herself in those situations. Kept reading to find out if she ever accepted responsibility for her actions.. spoiler, she never did. Just blamed everyone else and everything in her life for making things hard for her. An accusation she also levels at her ex. Lack of personal insight, lack of development of accountability. She just eventually gets her education and finds a better life in another city. Blames others along the way, for ‘making her feel like...’ or passing judgements on her, or not considering her more than themselves. Seems to be extremely judgemental of others, for not being more aware of the plight of the impoverished, but was unaware of this plight herself until she was living it. Not a maturely written book with insightful reflections on herself or self realisations. Does provide an insight into a life on part time minimum wage. After choosing to have a child she couldn’t afford to have, with a casual partner who vehemently told her they weren’t in a position to have a child. Incredible lack of accountability or self awareness. Sense of entitlement is astounding. The aspects of being a maid were reasonably represented though, and the general lack of respect people have to the hired help at times. However she seems hot under the collar that people didn’t bother to get to know who she was as their maid, however you never see her going out of her way to get to know ANYONE who is in service to her, like shop keepers or bureau agents, or doctors. She passes more judgements on them than she perceives toward herself. Really unlikable person. Despite how unlikeable this book and author was, I was able to finish it by pure incredulous fascination about how she continued to see the world persecuting her at every turn. Although the voice actor had a nice voice and the performance was good.

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Was hooked from the start

Stephanie Land writes well & I was fascinated from the start. The complete invisibilty of domestic cleaners was totally scary & thats without getting on to the horrofic hourly wage paid by cleaning companies. And many of the conditions were outrageous. An all important lid taken off an industry that would be telling of an industry that is global and universal.

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  • Penny Hunt
  • 06-07-2019

Story of a Spoilt Brat

Continuous whine about how she cannot believe there are consequences to choices she's made. Clearly blames her mother and has a daddy complex. Teenage mother who does love her child but ... it's a whine . Good use of English and scenes well described but not worth listening to.

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  • Sylviarowlands
  • 13-02-2019

Couldn’t put down

I was hooked on first page.
Admiration for this single mother who through blood sweat and many silent tears kept fighting for a better life for herself and child.
Shame on the mother and stepfather, unbelievably selfish and the child’s father! I so wanted to hug this mum and help her.

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