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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eve Ensler Narrator: Eve Ensler Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9780375419188
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"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them."

So begins Eve Ensler's hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that's rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we've never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman's body the same way again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Women have entrusted Eve with their most intimate experiences, from sex to birthing. . . . I think readers, men as well as women, will emerge from these pages feeling more free within themselves—and about each other. Gloria Steinem
  • Eve Ensler is the Pied Piper. She is leading women and the world to a different
    consciousness of the essence of women.
    Gillian Anderson
  • I feel my life has changed. You don't just hook up with Eve, you become part of her crusade. There's a corps of us who are Eve's army. Glenn Close
  • The monologues are part of Eve Ensler's crusade to wipe out the shame and embarrassment that many women still associate with their bodies or their sexuality. . . . They are both a celebration of women's sexuality and a condemnation of its violation. The New York Times
  • Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving. . . . Written with a bluntness that is nevertheless intensely lyrical, it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction. Variety
  • Frank, humorous and moving . . . a compelling rhapsody of the female essence. Ultimately, Ensler achieves something extraordinary. Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seth K | 2/11/2014

    " i had to take a women's study class in college. i thought this book was horrible. and i love vaginas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/6/2014

    " I'm not going to read this again, having read it and scene it like, a million times. It's good at what it does, but I don't need it right now, so on to new things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cinco | 2/6/2014

    " About a fourth as interesting and revolutionary as it ought to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 1/15/2014

    " This was performed as a benefit at my theatre and I was amazed at the powerful message sent. The house was nearly full, despite our local media's refusal to print the "aggressive" word "vagina." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaga | 1/7/2014

    " I got the same feeling after reading The Good Body - the book ends before it begins for good. I will not use the word 'disappointment' but something is missing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Johnson | 12/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The chapters are short, so you can get a good chapter or two read in between classes or maybe in a visit to the bathroom. The entire book is less than 200 pages; I read it in 2 days, and I am a rather slow reader. The content of the book was very good, though none very enlightening. Regardless, I still had to fight back some tears several times. The book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, but the stories were often touching. It's one of those "Made me laugh, made me cry" books. I do recommend it to everyone, especially to men, because it gives good perspective on what it's like to have a vagina. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 12/30/2013

    " This book is for pussies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawnbug | 12/27/2013

    " Don't let the title chase you away. Yes, it does talk about well, vaginas but in a hilarious, not crass way. It's a collection of short stories and only 1 is about lesbians....I was under the impression they all were when I first heard about the book. Just give it a chance, guys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louann | 11/30/2013

    " From her poems to her stories.. Eve Ensler is amazing... she makes you want to LOVE your vagina and dress it up everyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin LMD | 10/27/2013

    " I'm better for having read it. Thought-provoking if a little too self-indulgent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Monster | 10/6/2013

    " Truthful, funny, and enlightening. Something that every woman should experience in their lifetimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Dibuduo | 10/4/2013

    " Pity for women who have been mutilated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 9/5/2013

    " grab a mirror, ladies! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 8/27/2013

    " Have to admit I really couldn't get through this one. It was hard to think of my vagina as an actual person and painful at times to visualize her words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 6/18/2013

    " There's nothing to say about The Vagina Monologues that hasn't already been said. I enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/1/2013

    " Reread of one of the most powerful books I've ever read. It always hooks me in and I read it straight through. I'm not sure why I left it so long before re-reading it this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 7/14/2012

    " I liked this book - monologues are good and are presenting well in written form as good as in live form. Nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara Link | 5/5/2012

    " Very fast read. Not at all what I expected. Good but not great. Probably one everyone should read if they have a vagina or love someone with one though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antiloquax | 3/9/2012

    " Read it! It's shocking and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/20/2011

    " An interesting anthology about woman and down there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 11/21/2011

    " Disappointing. After hearing about the play for years, reading this book was a bit of a letdown. Good to know that so much attention was paid to empowering women to fight against violence against them, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laken | 9/2/2011

    " I read this every year. Makes me remember why I love being a woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 6/10/2011

    " This book was fun to read. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/8/2011

    " WoW. This is one POWERFUL book! It was such an addictive read! I hope to see it performed some day. Every story in this collection is moving; I laughed, I got mad, and I cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " There are some extremely powerful monologues in here. The only critique I can provide: it could have used more stories about trans* women. Cuz you know, not every woman has a vagina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/10/2011

    " Saw this years ago and just now got around to reading it. Enjoyed each story, but wish it had more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 4/28/2011

    " This book brings awareness to violence against woman. The book itself is just ok but the good it is bringing to the issues is definitely better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/22/2011

    " Loved the book, love watching it live, love the fact that Eve survived cancer and is actively working to help women in the Republic of Congo. Some people may be offended by the content but not me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 4/13/2011

    " Has much more meaning when you understand the movement behind this work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 3/31/2011

    " Absolutely awesome and inspiring! Made me laugh, gasp, cry...feel empowered! A MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 3/23/2011

    " This is a quick read. I enjoyed it because of the voice that it gives to women. I am always proud to be a women, especially when I read something like that! This is not just for feminist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 3/22/2011

    " What a prize! What a deliciously juicy read. I'll say no more other than to dive in and be liberated! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 3/20/2011

    " Reading this book, I have never felt more proud to be a woman, nor more ashamed at the world for trying to keep us down. "

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About the Author
Author Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than ninety million dollars for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. She lives in Paris and New York City.