Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Audiobook, by Cecile Richards Play Audiobook Sample

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Audiobook

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Read By: Cecile Richards Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781508250791

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:44 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

28 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

33:18 minutes

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Publisher Description

From Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, daughter of the late Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and “the heroine of the resistance” (Vogue), comes “an enthralling memoir” (Booklist, starred review) filled with “practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere” (Hillary Rodham Clinton).

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. She had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics and watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party.

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. She experienced first-hand the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and the ever-looming threat of violence that constantly confront women who challenge authority.

Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her “truly inspiring” (Redbook) story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all the while garnering a reputation as “the most badass feminist EVER” (Teen Vogue).

In the “powerful and infinitely readable” (Gloria Steinem) Make Trouble, Richards reflects on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages the rest of us to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way.

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“Richards…delivers a terrific performance of her inspiring new memoir. While not a professional narrator, Richards is a practiced public speaker who reads with energy, enunciation, excellent pacing, and emotion…Richards is fierce, funny, and pulls no punches, which will offend some and motivate many for whom this stirring audiobook will serve as a call to action. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Cecile Richards is my kind of troublemaker. When she sees inequality and injustice anywhere, she does something about it—with wit, wisdom, and courage…Make Trouble is exactly the book our country needs.”

    — Sheryl Sandberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Truly inspiring.”

    — Redbook
  • “This memoir/feminist manifesto from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards will inspire you to make waves and be brave.”

    — Glamour
  • “Part autobiography, part handbook for the resistance, this inspiring tale of advocacy is a must-read for every Nasty Woman out there.”

    — Bustle
  • “An intimate yet wide-ranging chronicle of a life in the trenches and at the pinnacle of her profession, Richards’ enthralling memoir will provide rousing motivation for anyone passionate about social and political causes.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “The guidelines for starting any organization are spot-on: direct, down-to-earth, and highly practical…A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women’s lives.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “In this passionate self-portrait, activist Richards maps her road to success from union organizer to her tenure as president of Planned Parenthood, recalling the experiences that shaped her career…It serves as a call to action for women who are mobilizing to make a difference in government and health-care policies.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “For more than a decade, America has known Cecile Richards as the fierce and fearless president of Planned Parenthood. Make Trouble offers a window into her life…With humor, heart, and hope, Cecile Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”

    — Hillary Rodham Clinton


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

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About Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health, reproductive rights, and social change. She began her career helping garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. After years in the labor movement, she moved back home to Texas to help elect the state’s first Democratic woman governor: Her mother, Ann Richards. She went on to start her own grassroots organizations and later served as deputy chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights and activism.