The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Audiobook, by Kate Moore Play Audiobook Sample

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Audiobook

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Audiobook, by Kate Moore Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Angela Brazil Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781681684222

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Longest Chapter Length:

51:29 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:52 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

15:52 minutes

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Publisher Description

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive—until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early twentieth century and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

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“A perfect blend of the historical, the scientific, and the personal, this richly detailed book sheds a whole new light on this unique element and the role it played in changing workers’ rights.”

— Bustle 


  • “Moore’s well-researched narrative is written with clarity and a sympathetic voice that brings these figures and their struggles to life.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “The glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.”

    — NPR


  • A May 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • A 2017 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection
  • Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • #1 Amazon bestseller

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About Kate Moore

Kate Moore is the USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls, which won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Best History, was voted US librarians’s favorite nonfiction book of 2017, and was named a Notable Nonfiction Book of 2018 by the American Library Association. A British writer based in London, she writes across a variety of genres and has had multiple titles on the London Sunday Times bestseller list. She is passionate about politics, storytelling, and resurrecting forgotten heroes. Visit her at 

About Angela Brazil

Angela Brazil is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and a professional actor who is proud to be a long-standing member of the Resident Acting Company at Trinity Repertory Company. She also teaches at the Brown/Trinity Conservatory.