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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,875 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Lessing Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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One of the most important books of the growing feminist movement of the 1950s, The Golden Notebook was brought to the attention of a wider public by the Nobel Prize award to Doris Lessing in 2007.

Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer's block by writing a comprehensive golden notebook that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook: sources of her creative inspiration in a black book, communism in a red book, the breakdown of her marriage in a yellow book, and day-to-day emotions and dreams in a blue book. Anna's struggle to unify the various strands of her life  - emotional, political, and professional  - amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the '50s.

In this authentic, taboo-breaking novel, Lessing brings the plight of women's lives from obscurity behind closed doors into broad daylight. The Golden Notebook resonates with the concerns and experiences of a great many women and is a true modern classic, thoroughly deserving of its reputation as a feminist bible. A notoriously long and complex work, it is given a new life by this  - its first unabridged recording.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Burk | 2/19/2014

    " This book was hard for me. I reckon it counts as post-modern, a genre with which I have little experience. It gives a thorough glimpse at the author/narrator's life and perspective. The thing for me, that perspective---that of an almost-communist 1950s independent, atheist British woman artist---is quite low down on my list of perspectives I'd like to understand. Additionally, I was unimpressed by the world/society she CHOOSES to live in. Everyone---every single character---seemed overly self-absorbed. And there's not a character in the book that doesn't have an affair. I guess it was an important book in the feminist movement, but that is hard for me to appreciate since nothing in it seems novel to me, a child of the current era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 2/17/2014

    " There were some completely brilliant sections, but overall quite slow and a bit dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramya | 2/16/2014

    " Absolutely reflective of inner chaos based on modern chaos told in an intimate and leisurely pace. Some how part IV is very different and feels rushed and more fragmented -- but maybe it's supposed to be. Wonderful book for those querying their writing motives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Banda | 2/11/2014

    " this book is outstanding, it feels like it is alive. the experience of reading this book had me question my life and self. i felt as if i was watching my life from above as i read this book. an very deep experience to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Einstein | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favourite novels. The protagonist keeps five notebooks each of a different colour and each with a different theme. Four are notes on different aspects of her life (experiences in central africa before and during WWII; as a member of a political party; assorted personal memories; a relationship she had which ended) the fifth is a golden coloured notebook where she tries to unite common themes and observations from the other four. Excellent themes, very well narrated. Talented structure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 1/24/2014

    " I just couldn't get through it. It sounds like such a good book, and yet I couldn't get 100 pages in. Don't you hate when that happens? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 1/16/2014

    " out dated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 1/16/2014

    " A very looong book, but a good one! I wanted to know what happened at the end when I ended the first section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Sather | 1/4/2014

    " Put it in its historical time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 12/31/2013

    " This was hard complete but I muddled through it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Clark | 12/27/2013

    " I liked this a lot when I read it, nearly 25 (!) years ago. I'll have to read it again. I recommend it. When I look at it again I'll add to this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 12/18/2013

    " for me, a primer on feminism, man - woman relations, and the female mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 12/6/2013

    " I recently read a biography on Lessing and I wish I liked this more because her life was fascinating. I hardly know how to rate this. While I loved the last notebook, and a few passages that dealt with the sex struggle, I thought the book was confusing and overwritten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taena | 11/30/2013

    " It was definitely an interesting read, the story line gets to be a bit too much at times, but a different perspective on life, especially given the time it was written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 9/7/2013

    " This is my new favorite novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 10/9/2012

    " This was the first Lessing book I ever read, way back when I was in college. The way DL applied her critical intelligence to social situations totally floored me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 9/14/2012

    " I struggled to get through this one, but I (think) I'm glad I stuck it out. Themes include feminism and the sex wars (50s and 60s), socialism/communism, mental illness, depression, race and colonial Africa - lot of stuff going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire C-g | 9/6/2012

    " Par, I am borrowing your copy of this. I hope that is ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/16/2012

    " Not as depressing as Shikasta, but still invokes hopelessness like only Doris Lessing can. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pooch | 4/17/2012

    " Barely started it. Virulent dialogue. Wholly unappealing to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 9/27/2011

    " The second book of my reading lifespan that I have abandoned ( the other being Infinite Jest) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya | 9/25/2011

    " I was reading n reading ... to get a complete distress in the end . Sorry Doris it is far from enjoable . did not even keep the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/9/2011

    " All of that . . . for that? Seriously? Beautifully written, amazing in places, but the ending SUCKS BALLS. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gillian | 6/4/2011

    " Some books simply do not pass the test of time. This appears to be one of them. "

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

    " A book that every woman born before 1968 will identify with, and every one born after will need to read to understand their sister, cousin, friend, mother, aunt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/9/2011

    " I don't usually read books like this but I loved it. This book is brilliant and worth the time investment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 4/11/2011

    " This was the first Lessing book I ever read, way back when I was in college. The way DL applied her critical intelligence to social situations totally floored me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 4/7/2011

    " Phew! Although I was listening to the audio version of this book I found it really hard going as it jumped around so much and you could easily get lost with it. I think I got it by half way through the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buell | 3/14/2011

    " A novel of ideas that I found difficult to read insofar as it erects a boundary between my experience and that described in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann573 | 3/12/2011

    " Back in the day this book was a revelation to me. A book I could directly relate to wasn't something I saw around much, but I don't know if younger readers would be able to relate to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/4/2011

    " I loved this when I was thirty-something. Still think about it. "

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

    " It was a struggle for me to plow through this book, but I was determined and more or less accomplished my goal. Aside from the novel itself, I think the the two introductions included in the text are real gifts from the author and gives a framework to her structure and content methodology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mpho3 | 2/18/2011

    " Anna Wulf is my anti-heroine! At least she was in 1993.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gillian | 1/19/2011

    " Some books simply do not pass the test of time. This appears to be one of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/17/2011

    " Could not get into these characters.... "

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About the Author
Author Doris Lessing

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson has won an Audie Award and thirteen Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.