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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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World-famous anthropologist Gray Kaiser has almost everything. She is brilliance, self-sufficient, and beautiful. But at 59, one thing is still missing from her life. She has never been in love. Her assistant Errol McEchern has loved her for many years, but she doesn't know.

Errol convinces Gray to return to the site of her first triumph - Kenya, where she had discovered an isolated tribe of Masai who worshipped American World War II deserter Charles Corgi as a god. While there, they meet Raphael Sarasola, a 24-year-old graduate assistant whose dark good looks and insolent manner make him a double for the dead Corgi. And as Errol watches, amazed and injured, Gray falls in love.

From its exotic beginning to its chilling end, The Female of the Species is a hypnotic, beautifully written novel. Through Errol, Raphael, and Gray, Lionel Shriver explores love in all its desperation. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 12/1/2013

    " She's SUCH a good writer. Read it in two days, sitting on a sunny dock, looking out at a beautiful lake. Pretty perfect :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Agatha | 11/25/2013

    " Horrid! I never even finished this one! Don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Guran | 11/13/2013

    " This book started out so well, I don't know what happened. I would recommend reading just the first 100 pages of this one (odd right?) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2013

    " Found this my least favourite Lionel Shriver book to date. Awkward and clunky, I found the characters very difficult to connect with and the plot pretty tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/28/2013

    " Lionel Shriver did it again - I love her storytelling. Captivating to the point where nothing gets done around here if I am reading one of her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 7/19/2013

    " 3.5. At first I thought this was a new book by the quirky and original writer - ("We Need to Talk About Kevin" - one of the most riveting books I've ever read!) Not so - it's actually her first. Well written but maddeningly convoluted plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/19/2013

    " This is The Heart of Darkness except not boring. As she does so well, Shriver dissects the relationships between humans in all their twisted and fascinating complications. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leila Rice | 4/23/2013

    " Lionel Shriver's first novel, not nearly as readable as her later books. I so WANTED this book to work, but it just didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicky Sharp | 11/3/2012

    " Dubious at the beginning as to whether it would be as good as previously read Lionel Shriver books, but persevered and found it to be a brilliant book, really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy Ciccolini | 9/8/2012

    " This is my 4th book by Lionel Shriver...definitely someone to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/22/2012

    " Not my favorite by this author, but head and shoulders above many other selections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Walsh | 2/15/2012

    " This was a great vacation read. A fascinating look at the sexuality of an independent, older woman and her life choices. Very interesting alpha/beta male dynamics here. Great characters. I look forward to reading more Lionel Shriver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath Murphy | 11/21/2011

    " Shriver's talent is obvious but undeveloped in this early work. Much good writing wasted on strange and unlikely plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 9/2/2011

    " Great book, I'm such a fan of Lionel Shriver. Again, she shows her talent for writing great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katjackson | 4/27/2011

    " God I have the biggest word crush on shriver. She's brilliant at capturing the real with plenty of allegory too. its puts you off being an anthropologist though.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath | 3/21/2011

    " Shriver's talent is obvious but undeveloped in this early work. Much good writing wasted on strange and unlikely plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MKHE | 3/8/2011

    " Horrid! I never even finished this one! Don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 10/23/2009

    " 3.5. At first I thought this was a new book by the quirky and original writer - ("We Need to Talk About Kevin" - one of the most riveting books I've ever read!) Not so - it's actually her first. Well written but maddeningly convoluted plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 5/15/2009

    " This is my 4th book by Lionel Shriver...definitely someone to read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 5/11/2009

    " After 100 pages and I just didn't care, I had to give up. TEDIOUS.
    Her other books were much better, you can tell this was an early work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/4/2007

    " Great book, I'm such a fan of Lionel Shriver. Again, she shows her talent for writing great characters. "

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About the Author
Author Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Fred Stella has worked as an actor and voice talent in radio, television, independent films, and audiobooks. He was awarded the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for Best Male Narration in 2002. He is on the adjunct faculty staff of Muskegon Community College.