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Woman at Point Zero

Narrated by: Laura Hanna
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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'All the men I did get to know, every single one of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman, I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up.'

So begins Firdaus' story, leading to her grimy Cairo prison cell, where she welcomes her death sentence as a relief from her pain and suffering. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffered a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education was ignored by her family, and on leaving school she was forced to marry a much older man.

Following her escapes from violent relationships, she finally met Sharifa, who told her that 'a man does not know a woman's value; the higher you price yourself, the more he will realise what you are really worth' and led her into a life of prostitution. Desperate and alone, she took drastic action.

Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today. This classic audiobook has been an inspiration to countless people across the world.

©1975 Nawal el Saadawi (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Cactus
  • 07-01-2019

I cherish the story and love the narrator.

I've heard this novel 3 times so far. I actually miss hearing it, and every few months, I go back to it as if it is a beautiful song. A cultural novel, written by a strong human/women's rights activist, El Saadawi, about a young woman who is larger than life even with all her agony. This novel is also read by a gentle-voice narrator. One cannot ask for a more engaging audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-2018

Poetic, Tragic, Provacative

This book definitely made me cry. It is written like an epic poem, and yet, so simply, is the story of a woman - of all women in some way. The narrator of this audio book is not my favorite, since she can only perform 2 voices in a story with many characters. But the story itself makes it worthwhile to endure. 5/5 would recommend

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  • Kevin McKiernan
  • 08-06-2018

Personal & Universal.

Gripping story of a brave woman's struggle to connect with dignity, love and peace. We are all Fardooz.

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  • Hedi
  • 16-02-2018

Interesting

It’s very very interesting story it will make you think about many things
Very easy english
I enjoy it !

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  • Chassidy
  • 19-08-2017

Not exactly what I expected...

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laura Hanna?

No, I did not enjoy her performance.

Was Woman at Point Zero worth the listening time?

It took me a very long time to finish because I did not enjoy it that much.

Any additional comments?

I had wanted to read this story for several years now, but in the end it was not exactly what I had expected. The last two chapters were the best part of the book in my opinion. Perhaps I would've had a better experience with this book in the Kindle format.

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