• Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.'   

As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society.    

As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid.    

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. 'I'd become a nameless ghost,' Stephanie writes. With this audiobook, she gives voice to the 'servant' worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

©2019 Stephanie Land (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Story of a Spoilt Brat

Continuous whine about how she cannot believe there are consequences to choices she's made. Clearly blames her mother and has a daddy complex. Teenage mother who does love her child but ... it's a whine . Good use of English and scenes well described but not worth listening to.

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  • zomodo
  • 02-07-20

felt a bit depressing

great narration. i respected her work ethic and love for her child but it did feel like a lecture a bit about the downfalls of welfare and how people should not judge those on it (which i certainly agree on) but i couldn't really relate. the system is so different in the Uk, what with our NHS. but it was interesting to learn about

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i waited for her story to come good in the end but it just didn't really which was a shame, this was no rags to riches story. i didn't feel like I got what i wanted if you know what I mean

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  • Phillip
  • 10-27-21

Outstanding

Outstanding, the Netflix series brings this book to life, I'm so glad I listened to it as well, beautifully written and narrated by Stephanie Land

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  • Shannon O Sullivan
  • 10-19-21

Inspirational story

I enjoyed listening to Stephanie’s story so very much! It had truly inspired me to better myself not only for my children, but for myself! Amazing story, and an amazing woman. Captivating writing and storytelling.

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  • Miss D.
  • 11-15-21

AMAZING!!!

What an amazing story, full of such hope and emotion and read beautifully by Stephanie Land!!

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  • Stacey Foster
  • 11-04-21

An eye opening experience of povety and DV

After watching the series Maid on Netflix I simply had to hear the story from the mother and child who went through this experience. Stephanie Land read this book beautifully, which I had no doubt about since its her life story. The netflix series has made some major alterations and if you want to feel like you're watching someone go through DV, poverty and single motherhood then give this book a listen. Stephanie makes it feel like you're in the room with her the whole way and all I wanted to do was reach out and say everything will be ok.

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  • CM
  • 10-31-21

A must read

I enjoyed Netflix’s miniseries inspired by the book. I was delighted to see that the book was read by the author.
A compelling story describing the reality of being a single mother without a support network. The book is addressing the stigma of poverty, the anonymity and solitude of the author and being ostracised by contemptuous people prompt to pass judgements.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-21

Beautiful and raw

Absolutely loved this heartfelt journey of a mother and her young child. Speaks of hope even through struggle. Would recommend.

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  • jonny
  • 11-15-19

on obamas summer reading list

Read this feeling sad how society treats people who are trying their hardest in a very unfair society . written well

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  • Sylviarowlands
  • 02-13-19

Couldn’t put down

I was hooked on first page.
Admiration for this single mother who through blood sweat and many silent tears kept fighting for a better life for herself and child.
Shame on the mother and stepfather, unbelievably selfish and the child’s father! I so wanted to hug this mum and help her.

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  • Tom Quirke
  • 08-10-22

Fantastic and insightful

Listened to this after watching the fantastic series on Netflix. Stephanie’s story is amazing and I really enjoyed the book. I found it inspiring and hopeful and also learnt a lot about the struggle a lot of people are going through.

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  • Stephanie
  • 08-28-21

Great story!

Finished it in one sitting.Well read by the amazing author. Fascinating insight into life below the poverty line, and lots of fun gossip about other people's lives seen from the point of view of their invisible cleaner. The terrific story is underscored by it now being chosen for a Netflix series. Can't understand why another reviewer complained of whingeing- it was completely the opposite. This book could only be disliked by misogynists and the sort of people who mistreat cleaners by underpaying them, leaving their homes in a mess, or leavibg inappropriate personal items during house cleans. 🤷‍♀️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-21

Amazing

This book will stay with me for a lifetime. Stephanie is so engaging, raw and honest. It is impossible not to love her. As a mother, I can literally feel her bond with Mia. She makes me want to be more present and patient with my own children, during the little moments of life that pass by all too quickly.

For those that have seen the Netflix series, the book is different enough to not feel like you are reading what you just watched. But it is similar enough to have the same ability to pull you in and break your heart. Multiple times.

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  • Patricia
  • 10-19-21

Inspirational

love it more real than the Netflix serie which I also like . Book are usually better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-21

Such a raw. brave & inspirational story

Loved every second, i saw the movie series first, but the book is far better and more realistic, obviously.
So glad i went and read the book!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-21

Insightful

I was curious about this book because of an earlier review criticising the author of wingeing and not taking responsibility. Listening to the book gave me such an insight into the relentless nature of poverty and the precarious nature of life where there is no room to be ill or have a car accident. I saw honesty not wingeing and felt the author was not seeking to be liked, and I admired her for that. I also appreciated the unsettling relationships she had with some of her cleaning clients, people into whose most intimate parts of their lives she intruded, yet she remained a stranger to them. Not comparable to interactions with a check out operator, in my opinion. The saddest part of the book was her sense of constantly being judged by others as undeserving, rather than a victim of extremely bad luck. She certainly did not choose her family, and for those who watched the Netflix series, I found her real family situation more poignant than in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-19

Lacks maturity and accountability

This book puzzled me. Frustrated about situations the author would just find herself in, yet she kept putting herself in those situations. Kept reading to find out if she ever accepted responsibility for her actions.. spoiler, she never did. Just blamed everyone else and everything in her life for making things hard for her. An accusation she also levels at her ex. Lack of personal insight, lack of development of accountability. She just eventually gets her education and finds a better life in another city. Blames others along the way, for ‘making her feel like...’ or passing judgements on her, or not considering her more than themselves. Seems to be extremely judgemental of others, for not being more aware of the plight of the impoverished, but was unaware of this plight herself until she was living it. Not a maturely written book with insightful reflections on herself or self realisations. Does provide an insight into a life on part time minimum wage. After choosing to have a child she couldn’t afford to have, with a casual partner who vehemently told her they weren’t in a position to have a child. Incredible lack of accountability or self awareness. Sense of entitlement is astounding. The aspects of being a maid were reasonably represented though, and the general lack of respect people have to the hired help at times. However she seems hot under the collar that people didn’t bother to get to know who she was as their maid, however you never see her going out of her way to get to know ANYONE who is in service to her, like shop keepers or bureau agents, or doctors. She passes more judgements on them than she perceives toward herself. Really unlikable person. Despite how unlikeable this book and author was, I was able to finish it by pure incredulous fascination about how she continued to see the world persecuting her at every turn. Although the voice actor had a nice voice and the performance was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-22

Beautifully written & narrated

A truly inspiring woman, I wish them a happy & healthy life. One of my favourite books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-22

Loved it.

So so good. Really inspired me. Such an amazing story of struggle and resilience and reaching goals.

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  • joe douglas
  • 03-17-22

the strength of human spirit

What a great book, even better that the series on netflix, although that was superb too. This is a meditation on strength, perseverance, courage, love, privilege and lack thereof. A wonderful expose of the limitations of systems that are meant to help but often don't help. Lovely to hear about some of the wonderful people whose lives were touched by Stephanie's help.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Loved it!

This was a wonderful journey to listen too. The challenges over came. And and inspiration.