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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, read by Lisa Taddeo, Tara Lynne Barr, Marin Ireland and Mena Suvari.

The international number one best seller.

All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her?

All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?

All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?

The book Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alexa Chung, Jodie Comer, Reese Witherspoon, Harry Styles, Fearne Cotton, Caitriona Balfe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Horgan, Zoe Ball, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Davina McCall, Gemma Chan, Christine and the Queens and Gillian Anderson are all reading.

©2019 Lisa Taddeo (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long." (New Statesman)

"Extraordinary." (Jojo Moyes)

"I will probably re-read it every year of my life." (Caitlin Moran)

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Appallingly bad

This is a tale of misogyny and internalised misogyny - it has nothing to do with female sexuality. These three women are not extraordinary but are portrayed as the victims of white male supremacy and patriarchal culture. I do find it extraordinary that the women have so little self knowledge and never realise how they have unwittingly become victims of male power and accepted such prescribed and normative views of women’s roles in male sexual fantasy. But the poor vision of female sexuality portrayed here is the least of it. It is a portrayal of truly fucked up relationships between men and women. That these people still exist is so depressing. Don’t do it to yourself.

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Three stories of subjugation and misogyny

This is a book of subjugation and misogyny. it is not about female desire it is about rape, exploitation and domination. These women have or are being manipulated by men and see their value only through the eyes of men and THEIR sexual desire. All have chronically low self-esteem and deserve so much more.
I am rating this so poorly because I don't think the author calls this out. In fact the blow by blow descriptions of Lina's sexual encounters adds nothing to the narrative other than desperation and humiliation. (Frankly it reads like incredibly boring porn.)
I would not recommend this book - other than to wake up women - our sisters and friends to the need to listen to their own hearts and needs and that they deserve partners who will respect them as none of the men in this book do.

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A difficult but necessary read

It’s hard to read at times because it forces women to reflect on their own internal thoughts and lives and to realise that they themselves have had similar experiences and thoughts. This can be extremely uncomfortable. But it is a necessary read. At the very least to help us move towards our own and each other’s distress and pain. As opposed to away from it.

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Shocked

I can’t believe this is a true story of 3 woman. Women’s emotions are so much more empowering!
Love this book it’s a must for every woman young and old.

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Wouldn’t recommend

The last few chapters definitely made up for the slow start and middle section. But the narrating voices really affected how much I enjoyed this story. In the end I had to listen to the book on 1.5x speed just to get through it as it was too distracting from the actual story line. I’ve had friends who absolutely loved this book but it was a realllll push for me to get through

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I enjoyed listening to this book - it held my interest- snd the reader did an excellent job in capturing the essence of the story.

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Waste of a purchase credit

I forced myself to listen to two thirds of this book but couldn't tolerate another syllable. It kept getting worse. Unrelatable story with annoying narration,. I don't think it's insightful at all.

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Sometimes Uncomfortable but a real page turner

At the start, I felt odd listening to the intimate details of these women’s lives. However once I got to know them, I couldn’t put it down. Very revealing, interesting the way each women is perceived by others and herself.

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Disgusting

Written for shock factor - no movie rights for this one. Pointless, pathetic excuse for perversion.

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Great modern journalism about Womanhood

Listened to it at 1.2 speed, which does lose a bit of Lena's characters emotion but the story is so evocative that it was easy to greet through in a couple of sittings

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  • 21-03-2020

Honest and real lives of women told by a women

Telling stories of womens deepest desires in an honest and vulnerable way cannot be an easy task. I listened without judge as best I could knowing how brave these women are and often identified with their highs and lows.

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  • Cathy K
  • 29-09-2019

Fascinating,sad and true

Wonderfully honest look at women and desire and how we are still trapped in such old harmful , judgmental thinking still today. Beautifully read and very thought provoking.

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  • Zebra Karma
  • 13-09-2019

Fabulous - with some caveats

This is a stunningly written account of three different American women. Lisa Todeo has a knack for providing telling details and I was soon thoroughly immersed in their stories.

It’s just worth beating in mind the following.There is a LOT of graphic sex, mostly told in unsparing detail. In my opinion it is very well done. But

If that’s not appealing, give this one a miss. And on that note, you really have to listen to this one with earphones. I was listening one day when I answered the phone with it still running. Major embarrassment!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2020

Dull

This book is graphically sexual and it's unnecessary. Some of the content was so crude I couldn't listen to it. The characters are not likeable and I didn't connect with any of them. I gave up halfway through

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  • J. Drew
  • 24-03-2020

Three women

“Love is not what you feel, it's what you do”
Wow, as a middle age man, I wasn’t sure what I would make of this book. And one review mentioned that some of these women didn’t appear as anything special in their stories. But the descriptions of these three different women, Lina, Sloane and Maria, and their desires and love, which aren’t always the same things though that’s not always clear when you're in a world of either desire or pain. Lina wants French kissing and desire and a man who’ll flip her and desire her (but the man she marries isn’t that), Maria has taken her teacher to court (though only when she realises he’s made teacher of the year) and who seduced her when she was a child at school, and Sloane is into threesomes with her husband - she’s my favourite but Maria’s story is the most gripping. I thought these three individual yet interlinked in their themes were three wonderfully stories, were almost Chekhovian in scope, meaning and description. These stories also took me back to my own youth and the sometimes unrealistic, messy and stupid expectations and dumb but wonderfully excstatic moments of transcendence and wonder in a mixture of hormonal chemicals and a still developing and not always emotionally fair or wise brain. I was riveted to their stories, all are flawed and not perfect, but aren’t we all - though perhaps some have greater self awareness than others. Some of their decisions hurt and they make choices that aren’t always likeable but these are made on the way that men make them too. I felt sympathy for the men and women equally though I’m sure some will hate or at least despise some of them. A book to make you think, feel and hopefully become a little more empathetic to others. I empathised with both the men and women in these stories (all real) and was always aware that my feelings and thoughts weren’t being made with the emotional weight or feelings that they were feeling - and that changes everything. It’s a real page turner and the author writes beautiful prose and a few philosophically wise words that grip and enlighten. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2019

Fantastic listen

Loved it , especially Maggie's story. Didn't want to get out the car. I am a fifty something bloke!

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  • Blondie
  • 27-05-2020

Even better than I expected

I'm a busy mum with 2 children under 5 and a business to run but I found/made time to listen to the entire audiobook in 4 days. Totally addictive, very well written and I'm so sad that it's over..

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  • Hanna
  • 29-06-2020

Disappointing and infantile

Disappointing and infantile to say the least. Too much focus on sex (long, detailed, whole unnecessary descriptions) and too little on women themselves.. would not recommend, as I felt like reading a book for teenage girl.

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  • Ask
  • 25-05-2020

Just didn't work

The author explained that there had been more people she had interviewed, for the book, but they pulled out. That left her with just 3 stories. I don't know why she chose to split them up and keep going from one to another it just got confusing. It felt like the book was going to be a collection of short stories on a theme but, because she didn't have enough material, she dragged out the 3 she had. I didn't feel any connection with the women but I did feel sorry for the teenage girl.

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  • tamara
  • 12-09-2019

Her story is my story

The structure, prose, content and context of each narrative of these woman is exquisite - in its heartache, in its sensual endeavours, in its lust + loss for life. I didn't want it to end. I savoured every sentence. I identified with their stories because of my female born body and because of my experiences. Our stories need to be told. Need to be written. Need to circulate. This book was a grand binocular into the details and desires that slip into our roles and history of woman and the wounds we carry daily.

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  • Mrs Cathy
  • 10-05-2020

Couldn't put it down, despite its flaws

I couldn't put it down. It was really engaging and very nicely written even if a lot of people were annoyed that it did not meet their expectations of explaining all of female desire - all 3 characters are young white women, but the author does explain that these were the only 3 women left by the end of the decade of interviewing various women who consented to their stories being in the book so apparently it's not really her fault that there is not more diversity. If you do not expect it to explain the entire global female romantic experience then you will not be disappointed. It's definitely a little flowery in places although overall I think it's beautifully written.

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  • tori_xoxo
  • 14-04-2020

Incredible book

A great book which I could not stop listening too or thinking about. I would 100% recommend. Also great performances.

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