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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Perkins-Gilman Narrator: Jo Myddleton Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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In this classic late-nineteenth-century story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a new mother suffering from what we might today call 'post-partum depression', is diagnosed with a nervous disorder.

Instructed to abandon her intellectual life and avoid stimulating company, she sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 2/18/2014

    " all i know, is that my husband's theory that the narrator is completely nuts, and that her husband is her doctor, her sister in law is her nurse, etc. is just an awesome theory, and it totally changes how you look at the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sadako | 2/15/2014

    " i love tales of madness, and "yellow" wallpaper fits the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrith | 2/8/2014

    " This novella, along with a few key works of nonfiction and of course Virginia, made me a feminist. Gillman tells a dark story of a woman driven to madness by the belief of others that, as a woman, she is weak in mind and body. It is representative of the pre-feminist movement against the relegation and subjugation of women. While present day society has come a long way, the underlying concept of women as the "weaker sex" still exists. Today, this story functions as a sort of allegory. It does not work as social commentary in the same way it might have in the past, but it is a place to begin a discourse of the historical treatment and roles of women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Helmbrecht | 2/8/2014

    " While I had read The Yellow Wallpaper before, I had never read any other of Gilman's stories. While they were entertaining, they were lackluster and less meaningful in comparison to her most well-known piece. The Yellow Wallpaper is a unique look into the past when the feminist movement was budding and can be a jarring snapshot for a younger, more fortunate, generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aiesha | 2/7/2014

    " I first read this in an Intro to Women's Studies course an though I "got it," I didn't very much like it. It grew on me to the point where I eventually taught the book. In reading TYW, you have to transport yourself to a time and place to really think about the effects of a life lived the way the main characters' life was and how that may have affected her emotionally. Descent into madness, indeed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K Nolfi | 1/20/2014

    " probably not as great as it was when i was 14 but really important to me as a feminist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zaki | 1/17/2014

    " A very sad tale about a woman who stares at her yellow wallpaper and gets so irritated and frustrated, that after a while she rips it off the wall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/9/2014

    " In case you were wondering how someone could so accurately describe falling into the rabbit hole with both finesse and compassion, here's an interview from 1913 titled: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gunnell | 1/2/2014

    " One of the best short stories I've ever read. The way the narrator describes her descent into madness makes the reader (or at least me when I read it) feel like they might be going just a bit crazy themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Burt | 10/26/2013

    " I felt a little crazy myself after reading this! That said, I really did enjoy the story and the telling, but it was a bit too abstract for me to truly love it. Definitely worth the time spent to read it though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 9/27/2013

    " Deep and delicious. No, seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki | 9/7/2013

    " This was a great quick read. I really felt like I was going crazy along with our narrator. CPG did a wonderful job of using the narration to illustrate the train of thought of a mind detaching from reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitaker | 7/22/2013

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 WhiskeyDaisy | 5/3/2013

    " My college professor got down on his hands and knees and crawled around the room. No kidding. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Ronan Drew | 3/17/2013

    " I've never understood the popularity of this book. The message is important but the story is poorly written and without real plot, character development, or any other aspect of the novel or short story that I admire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 9/25/2012

    " While these stories were influential when they were first published they are now dated. Still fun to read, but the subject matter has, in certain ways, expired. I'd still recommend this collection to a fledgling feminist or someone who has not yet been assigned the provacative 'Yellow Wallpaper.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 9/19/2012

    " one of my absolute favorite short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 V. Nicole | 9/15/2012

    " i had to read this for my humanities class, and i was not sure what to decipher from it! Feminism? Ghosts? Insanity? Great, though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/14/2012

    " Read this for me 11th grade English class... Creepy but fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keely | 8/29/2012

    " If you ever wondered what it felt like to go insane, read this short story (great accompaniment with The Bell Jar). If you are claustrophobic . . . don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 m.g. | 4/20/2012

    " like a bird in a cage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthy | 4/6/2012

    " creepy, but in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/29/2012

    " An early feminist writing, "The Yellow Eallpaper" is a work that Tom Cruise should have read before he attacked Brooke Shields post partum depression. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 11/7/2011

    " While this is a very well written story, I can not stand to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola Muzsla | 8/27/2011

    " I loved the yellow wallpaper but the other stories included were a bit of a dissapointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleigh | 3/25/2011

    " I just read The Yellow Wallpaper, but it was a brilliant short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 2/16/2011

    " I Absolutely Loved Every Page Of It! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine | 1/22/2011

    " I loved The Yellow Wallpaper in high school, yet never read more of Gilman's works. I really enjoyed her short stories - although none were are morbid as The Yellow Wallpaper. I'm grateful for early feminists like Gilman. I hope I will be as courageous in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 11/4/2010

    " This amazing collection of stories, all written by women in the 1800's, reveal the culture for women at that time. We've come a long way, baby! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temari | 9/25/2010

    " The short stories were pretty cool but I pretty much zoned out through the whole feminist part. Mostly because it's in no way relevant to this era of feminism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 8/28/2010

    " A truly chilling look into the effect isolation can have on a mentally troubled person. This story terrified me when I read it in high school, and I have to give it at least some credit for defining the niche of horror I tend to write in the most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 6/21/2010

    " Never mind the Feminine Mystique. This should be Number ONE on top of every feminist's reading list! The Yellow Wallpaper is a brilliant Gothic account of a Victorian woman's descent into psychological madness. Many years later, the novella still remains vivid and visceral in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/30/2010

    " My first exploration of feminist literature... I have to thank my English 102 prof for this gift; without this, I'd have never read Herland, and what a dish of a book that one is! The Yellow Wallpaper is one of my favourite short stories of all time! Madness will never be portrayed so elegantly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 11/23/2009

    " "The Yellow Wallpaper" is an extremely well-written short story that vividly depicts a young mother's descent from post-partum depression into full-blown psychosis. Powerful, disturbing, and a bit creepy. "

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