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3.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 5 4.00 (15,714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781598879391
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Two Pulitzer Prize winners expose the most pervasive human rights violation of our era <#150> the oppression of women in the developing world <#150> and tell us what we can do about it. A call to arms for every global citizen, and for philanthropists an Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Urgent…Passionate…Compelling…Half the Sky is a grab-the-reader-by-the-lapels wake-up call.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Superb…As Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring once catalyzed us to save our birds and better steward our earth, Half the Sky stands to become a classic, spurring us to spare impoverished women these terrors, and elevate them to turn around the future of their nations.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “The most important book of the year…Half the Sky is the kind of book that could change the course of history.”

    Huffington Post

  • Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say ‘No more!’ to the seventeenth-century abuses to girls and women in the twenty-first-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. It is a powerful piece of journalism by two masters of the craft who are tireless in their pursuit of one of the most shameful conditions of our time.”

    Tom Brokaw

  • “Vitally important…Heartbreaking, galvanizing, and unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intelligent, revealing, and important.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With her soothing delivery, actress/narrator Cassandra Campbell avoids sensationalizing this already dramatic material, whose accounts of gang rape, forced prostitution, and childbirth injuries make for painful but essential adult listening.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • Half the Sky is a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue. It does so with exquisitely crafted prose and sensationally interesting material. It provides us with a list of individual hospitals, schools, and small charities so that we can contribute to, or at least inform ourselves about, this largely unknown world. I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed. I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.”

    Washington Post

  • “This gripping call to conscience…tackles atrocities and indignities from sex trafficking to maternal mortality, from obstetric fistulas to acid attacks, and absorbing the fusillade of horrors can feel like an assault of its own. But the poignant portraits of survivors humanize the issues, divulging facts that moral outrage might otherwise eclipse.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2009 Washington Post Top 10 Book
  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Top 100 Book
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2010 Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalist for Excellence in Journalism
  • A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/19/2014

    " Nicholas Kristof does an extraordinary job of bringing to light the heartbreaking personal stories common to so many women and girls around the world. The vast quantity and depth of objective misery presented here can be overwhelming, but gratefully, Kristof balances this with stories of hope, and profiles of practical solutions. What impresses me about Kristof, is the line he walks between personal compassion and advocacy, and journalistic integrity and objective analysis. I have become convinced, largely through Kristof's work, that the key to alleviating social injustice and extreme poverty in the developing world, is the the liberation, education, and empowerment of women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Hunsperger | 2/10/2014

    " This book really opened my eyes the the plight of women around the world. While informative and often difficult to read (emotionally), it left me with a sense of optimism and a desire to help. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Strack | 2/7/2014

    " This is a very disturbing book about how women are treated in various parts of the world. I almost became desensitized to word, "rape," it was used so often. Some of the descriptions are violent and graphic. The sad and scary part is it's true. An important read to become aware of the injustice in the world, but certainly not pleasant. I found myself frustrated because there isn't very much that I can do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley Cheung | 2/4/2014

    " wow. this is one of the most inspiring books i've ever read - highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Thompson | 2/1/2014

    " If you don't think the way girls and women are treated around the world matters, this book will enlighten you. I thought it was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristy Wojdac | 1/31/2014

    " This book gets more optimistic as you move through. I like that it is nonfiction and the stories about individuals make the statistics pop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 1/30/2014

    " This book made me so glad I live in Australia and appreciative for all the opportunities available to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoë | 1/28/2014

    " Half the Sky should be on everyone's must read list. Informative, if horrifying, and ultimately uplifting. The personalized tales are more persuasive than the citing of devastating statistics. Kristof and WuDunn wisely suggest that the solution to the persistent suffering of women and entire populations around the globe lies in the championing of women's rights as human rights, and in making small changes that allow women to empower themselves as their own free agents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " This was definitely an inspiring book. The documentary on PBS was also well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Koulouris | 1/10/2014

    " One of the most important books of our time. What a labor of love by two incredible people. Please read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Weatherwax | 1/2/2014

    " Eye opening. Presents facts with personal stories. Great PBS special too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Daly | 12/31/2013

    " Very earnest, sometimes a little holier-than-thou, but I doubt I'll read a more important book this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Stein | 12/12/2013

    " This was educational and enlightening, although heartbreaking to read in places. I am glad that I read it and it definitely increased my awareness of critical issues for women (and human beings, in general) around the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Gordon | 12/7/2013

    " A make-you-think, change-your-life kind of book about how women, when empowered to earn their own income and make their own financial decisions, can impact entire communities for the better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea Fransen | 11/30/2013

    " A must read. Life-changing. Stories are heart-breaking but author supports with amazing descriptions of grassroots actions against these human atrocities. You cannot read this book and continue without daily thinking if these brave women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/10/2013

    " Everyone needs to read this book! It's eye-opening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 2/5/2013

    " A brutal but informational must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Willett | 12/12/2012

    " Painful but well written. Seems impossible given our lives. It's still an eye opener despite what you think you know --everyone should read it...including the suggestions of how to help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drgiv | 4/7/2012

    " This is an important book. It is very readable and interesting -- and convicting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2012

    " Half the Sky contains heart wrenching stories about the global oppression of women. Through those stories, however, are powerful examples of women with unfathomable courage and perseverance. It's not so much a feel-good book, but it does make you feel empowered to become part of the solution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/11/2011

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 12/6/2011

    " No other book has ever made me cry so much and yet made me feel like I could actually do something; everyone should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandria Baca | 11/7/2011

    " I'm an avid Kristof reader, and this book didn't disappoint. It was inspiring, sad, funny, enlightening and made me want to make a difference. I love Kristof's style of story-telling and the remarkable stories he finds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 8/25/2011

    " I thought this was well researched and well written with and overall approach to the problems presented with a case study or two included to make it more real/personal. I am inspired to do something to help women in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 8/2/2011

    " Wow! This is a book everyone should read. Amazing stories about amazing women. A real eye-opener for me. Can't wait for the PBS documentary, and looking forward to seeing Nicholas Kristof speak at Davisdon in December. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothea | 8/1/2011

    " I would really wished that the book wasn't so heavy handed on numbers and statistics! It made me think about how lucky that I am to have been born in the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy Kunze | 6/14/2011

    " This is the BEST book I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wonderstef1223 | 5/11/2011

    " This book will blow you away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susmita | 5/10/2011

    " I heard of this book on The Oprah Show and was inspired to read it. So far its been very inspiring and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/10/2011

    " Nicholas Kristof is not only the most important writer of his generation, but is also a critically important voice for women around the world. These stories of tragedy and triumph illustrate the power of the human spirit and the potential of women around the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Imani | 5/7/2011

    " An amazing, eye-opening book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 5/5/2011

    " Really hard subject matter, but very eye opening. The 2nd half of the book was really interesting with simple solutions to seemingly overwhelming global gender inequality issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/4/2011

    " an unseen world full of terrible and beautiful people. "

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