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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norah Vincent Narrator: Norah Vincent Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider. The result is a sympathetic, shrewd, and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism that's destined to challenge preconceptions and attract enormous attention.

With her buddies on the bowling league she enjoyed the rough and rewarding embrace of male camaraderie undetectable to an outsider. A stint in a high-octane sales job taught her the gut-wrenching pressures endured by men who would do anything to succeed. She frequented sex clubs, dated women hungry for love but bitter about men, and infiltrated all-male communities as hermetically sealed as a men's therapy group, and even a monastery.

Narrated in her utterly captivating prose style and with exquisite insight, humor, empathy, nuance, and at great personal cost, Norah uses her intimate firsthand experience to explore the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as well as who men are apart from and in relation to women. Far from becoming bitter or outraged, Vincent ended her journey astounded, and exhausted, by the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity. Having gone where no woman (who wasn't an aspiring or actual transsexual) has gone for any significant length of time, let alone 18 months, Norah Vincent's surprising account is an enthralling audio experience and a revelatory piece of anecdotally based gender analysis that is sure to spark fierce and fascinating conversation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scoobs-buddy | 2/9/2014

    " Wasn't bad but maybe could've been better- I don't know. I found parts interesting & some of it seemed to drag- 2 thumbs up to Norah Vincent tho - took balls to do what she did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/25/2014

    " Well, I didn't actually just read this--just flipped through it again. But Norah/Ned deserve so much credit for their insight into gender. It might just be the most revelatory book I've read on the opposite gender and superficially transitioning. Great, great read and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Aiken | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book five years ago. I remember enjoying it at the time and going to hear Norah speak at a book reading in San Francisco. I also vaguely remember asking her a good question about a point that she makes in the book and that she sidestepped instead of answering it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Gulledge | 1/8/2014

    " Overall, I'm glad that I read the book because now I feel more informed and education is good. However, I agree with Becky Roda's comment that this write-up should've been in a magazine article or three, not a 200+ page book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 12/22/2013

    " A very interesting viewpoint from a woman who tries to experience how men are treated in our society by dressing like one for about a year or so and writing about how it differs from being treated like a woman. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 CMolieri | 12/9/2013

    " I was struggling to finish this but was so decidedly not enjoying the content that I decided not to even bother. I can't tell if I'm more bored by the book or insulted by her approach and some of the things she says, and I think insult is winning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Atwood | 9/15/2013

    " This was an interesting book that just confirmed my observations of the genders. Not sure why it didn't wow me...but I didn't...worth a read though...just don't expect anything exceptional. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shula | 5/27/2013

    " It was very hard to get over Vincent's writing style. I hear people use the word "self-indulgent" to describe books and that's this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 6/20/2012

    " It wasn't really what I was expecting. Some interesting ideas though (especially about how rampant homophobia is in monasteries...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hida Mujahidah | 2/1/2012

    " ni buku tahun 2007, tapi ampe sekarang belooooommmmm selesai2. awalnya tertarik karena baca rview di belakang bukunya (karena g ada yang udah kebuka)apa mungkin karena cara penulisannya yang kurang menarik yaak??? ato karena masalah tanslatenya???? hmmmmhmmm.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kal | 12/28/2011

    " I got a little over half way through with this one and stopped. In the beginning, she focuses and reports on what her experience living as a man was, which was really interesting. Then things go off on a very introspective path and it lost my interest. I may pick it back up to see where things go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad Jones | 10/15/2011

    " It's all in your mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/21/2011

    " Well, I didn't actually just read this--just flipped through it again. But Norah/Ned deserve so much credit for their insight into gender. It might just be the most revelatory book I've read on the opposite gender and superficially transitioning. Great, great read and very interesting. "

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

    " This book wasn't as introspective as it could be, but it was definitely interesting and entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 4/2/2011

    " The experiment Vincent performed on herself is a fascinating one but it is completely lost here due to bad writing. She has no story-telling ability to speak of and turned what was an emotional experience into a synopsis, theme-category style, of her time researching for this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jillelise | 3/26/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but found parts of it arduous. I read her book Voluntary Madness and thought it was much better than this one. She has some good insights about her experience as a man, but also makes some pretty sweeping generalizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 2/12/2011

    " Read it for a book club... really interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/11/2011

    " Very interesting look at gender dynamics. Looking forward to reading the follow-up book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/6/2011

    " This was absolutely fascinating. It was like reading a foreigner's take on American culture. On one hand, everything was familiar and normal. But the outsider's perspective highlighted a lot of the oddities and surprises. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 1/26/2011

    " creepy, and astonishingly self-congratulatory at every turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 1/21/2011

    " I'm torn on this one. It was slightly enlightening but veered on "edgy" a little too much with its "p" and "f" bombs for swearings' sake.

    I skipped over the Sex chapter, since I didn't want to know.

    Interesting, but not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/19/2011

    "
    I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in gender issues. I'm not the biggest fan of Vincent's writing style but, I'm definitely a fan of her project and her retelling of the emotional impact it had on her and her conclusions are incredible and specific. "

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About the Author
Author Norah Vincent

Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man. Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, and the Washington Post. She lives in New York City.