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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Perkins-Gilman Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland, first published in 1915, is a feminist utopian novel that describes an isolated society composed entirely of women---a progressive, environmentally conscious land where peace and rationality reign and poverty is unknown. Told from the perspective of Vandyk Jennings, a male sociology student who sets out with his two friends to determine whether Herland really exists, the novel ironically and pointedly critiques the arbitrary nature of many gender norms as it highlights the irrational features of the men's society and asserts women's fundamental capacity for reason and cooperation. Herland is a landmark work of feminist thought whose themes are as vital today as they were in the early 20th century.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carissa | 2/18/2014

    " Wacky, weird (those are good things), but ultimately kind of sickening in its advocacy of eugenics . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! Charlotte Perkins Gilman was ahead of her time when she wrote Herland! She illustrates perfectly why we need to challenge gender roles! Herland is still a relevant read and a must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie Schipano | 1/15/2014

    " Another hateful book I had to read for a class on Utopia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/14/2014

    " An interesting take on "utopia." Short and sweet, this book is slightly tangled in perceptions of Gilman's time (savagery, Christianity, "civilization"), but nonetheless, her book is well-written and invokes more thought into male-female dynamics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/2/2014

    " Couldn't choose between 3 or 4 stars. Interesting story about a land of all women, that three men find. Felt a little incomplete to me at the end, but there is a second book that might complete the story for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michiko | 12/19/2013

    " Oh...I know this one is a classic but I could not get into this book to save my life. I eventually finished for Book Divas and was one of the few that finished the book. I would not recommend this book for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Cowher | 11/18/2013

    " This book was hard to get through. Perhaps I was too young at the time to read and comprehend it. I'm not sure. But it's definitely a feminism-type novel, and it wasn't really my style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cadillacrazy | 12/4/2012

    " Oh my gosh, I read this book so long ago...I remember it holding my interest, but not being super. It's a story about utopian society of all women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Doss | 9/7/2012

    " Quirky. Read this years ago for my Women Writers class. One of my favorite selections from that semester. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evrim | 6/24/2012

    " " I tell you, women are the natural cooperators, not men! " I think this is one of the best utopian world : ) And she is totally my favorite author! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Tomcavage | 4/30/2012

    " I gave up on this book 3/4 of the way through it. It was far too didactic. Maybe it was enlightening for the time it was written, but from a 21st century perspective it just reads as condescending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Li | 4/8/2012

    " started reading the paperback years ago, never finished. Used LibriVox to listen to the audio version while on a very long drive. Hurray! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/15/2011

    " The story itself is entertaining, though it has not withstood the test of time very well. However, that said, I found it very thought-provoking and would recommend it to anyone interested in feminist issues and related topics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessy | 6/26/2011

    " An in depth take on an all female society would accomplish. Thier child raising is phenonomal. THe book forces you to examine all the violence and mistakes of out own society and how easily we could overcome them if only we got some perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jd | 6/5/2011

    " Nice ideals, not a lot of action though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 5/23/2011

    " Rather funny. Offers good insight into some of the feminist views of the author's time. It gets just a bit didactic three quarters of the way through, but given the genre (point to prove/axe to grind), it's surprisingly readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/9/2011

    " Not bad for a feminist utopian novel. Although I found her vision of a peaceful all-female society compelling, I doubt women could ever coexist so peaceably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leorah | 5/1/2011

    " An enjoyable read. Yellow Wallpaper is still my favorite piece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 4/6/2011

    " Don't particularly remember this one. Probably should look it up one day. Not certain whether or not I have a copy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 3/13/2011

    " Couldn't finish it, and I would hesitate to call Herland “one of Gilman’s most important works”, as the back cover broadcasts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/21/2011

    " Interesting to me as a "period piece". It is about a "lost" civilization of females that have perfected an deal life based on the principles of motherhood. Written in 1915 it is a classic feminist, utopian novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/2/2011

    " This was written in 1915 and is an account of three male explorers discovering a land entirely composed of women. With no plot to speak of, and some dreadful writing, it's pretty much just an exposition of how lovely an all female world would be. I'd give it a miss if I were you! "

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