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Publisher's Summary

Unabridged and available on audio for the first time

Simone de Beauvoir’s essential masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman", and a revolutionary exploration of inequality and otherness. This unabridged edition of the text reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation, and is now available on audio for the very first time. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as when it was first published, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

©2014 Simone De Beauvoir, Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] masterpiece.... Restores essential passages that have been missing for 60 years." (The Times)

"Groundbreaking.... A fresh, much expanded, more intelligible book which repays re-reading by adherents of the old version, and cries out for attention from young women who have not been exposed to this most powerful of feminist thinkers. The Second Sex [is] the foundation text of second-wave feminism. It is probably the most important and influential philosophical treatise of the 20th century." (The Irish Times)

"The Second Sex is an inquiry into a subject with profound implications for the entire human race, and its ideas are as fresh and inspiring as they were when [Beauvoir] began work.... Now Beauvoir’s great work is available in a full English translation for the first time.... It is a fine piece of work, a lucid translation." (The Independent)

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Great book, performance lacking

Seminal work on feminism, doesn't shy away from any topic. In love with Simone for her intelligence and forthrightness. But the reader was too perky and her French accent was not very good.

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Work of Art

Absolutely incredible book. Worthwhile investment of time. Brilliant, nuanced, deep. Truly work of art. Bravo!

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Amazing

Enlightening experience, a must listen for both sexes. Great to question our own standing in the world.

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a must read for everyone

I truly loved this book! I truly shook me to my core. there were a lot of points in t his book that I will never forget!

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Meh...

The hype among academics didn’t help my apathetic reaction or manage my expectations. If you are looking to reinforce your own ideologies about the evils of the patriarchy, you may love it. The book raises some good points at times and over steps in others. Mostly the latter. Took a long time to get through it all as it gets dry at times but I would recommend it to anyone trying to gain perspective to the crafting of the modern feminist’s positions on equity.

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Buy the book

I am struggling to get through this book. There is obviously a lot of information and valuable for those who want to delve deeply into the subject. But it is a struggle to stay focused and, unlike a book, it is not easy to skip ahead and skim through or read what interests you most. The narrator would be great for reading a short report but 39 hours of heavy hitting is hard to take. Parts have been engaging and hopefully I will update this review when I get through the second half of the book.

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Mismatch. Bridget Jones reads Second Sex

It's painful to listen to the gravitas of 1st wave feminism read with this alacrity. Can audible please reissue this with an appropriate reader? Don't get me wrong. I love Bridget Jones but this mismatch inflection trashes the most important philosopher of the 20th century.

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Important read

I'm so glad that this is on Audible! I've wanted to read this for years and it was as thought-provoking as I thought it was going to be.

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  • 03-09-20

Brilliant

Quiet simply the best book I've ever had the pleasure of consuming.

Fantastic narration - seriously, clear to any listeners will be the passion on display. Aside from Jim Norton's reading of Ulysses, the best I've encountered.

Content a point of eternal majesty with numerous moments of clarity and epiphany that create a cerebral shiver, almost as if the content was always known but buried deep below societal prejudices and stereotypes. The last book which evoked such feelings to this extent was Orientalism by Edward Said.

Perhaps the best aspect, and the greatest signal of virtue in any work, a good handful of other works have been thrust onto my reading list!

Many hours, but each one well spent... and so many bookmarks!!! :)

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 04-04-21

A formidable work but a tough read


Well this was quite the challenge. I thought I'd 'get' this - after all, I've got a degree in sociology. I don't, however, have degrees in philosophy, psychology (the Freudian stuff made me cringe I'm afraid), history, politics, evolutionary biology, etc etc. It's a formidable work and very impressive in its scope but I have to admit a lot of it went over my head.

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  • PPG
  • 02-26-22

Superb

Excellent feminist bible.
So relevant still today.
Essential reading for all humanity

Wish I’d read it when I was a teenager

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