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The Power

Written by: Naomi Alderman
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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2017 Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.'

Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed, and we look at the world in an entirely new light. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?

©2016 Naomi Alderman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." (Margaret Atwood)
" The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit." (A. L. Kennedy)
"Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer." ( Sunday Times)

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A must read piece of real feminist literature

This is a story about gender inequality that everyone can appreciate. (slight spoiler warning)
At first it seems like a bit of revenge and empowerment for the women in the story, but towards the end there safe becomes clearer: that power corrupts, no matter which gender; that men are not to be directly blamed for gender inequality because if women were the ones holding power they would act the same way. I think that this book can make women appreciate how difficult it is for men to become more egalitarian, and can make men appreciate how important it is that they do so, as well as highlighting how much further we have to go.

The book was also very well written, and the characters really came alive. The narrator was really good, although a few of the characters were made to sound quite whiny for some reason. However that wasn't for very much of the book.

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makes you think

This book turns gender rolls upside down and that makes it strange to listen to. But in that same vein, it shows how gender shapes our world now. Reader (voice actor) is awesome

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This book made me proud to be a woman

This book is phenomenal from start to finish. The characters are what we want to be and what we fear we are. Naomi subverts gender not as a gimmicky plot device but as a truly genius way to dismantle the patriarchy. Also, the voice acting is amazing! Bravo to Adjoa who is obviously a genius as well. I love this book!

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Not into fiction

started reading this as a part of a book club, but I really could not finish it I am not into fiction.

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Powerful, Thought-Provoking, Addictive Listening

Fantastic all-star performance of the book, which is already riveting but made more so by the high production values. The ideas in the book are the perfect modern counterpart to Handmaid’s Tale - no less horrifying and the satirical notes are perfect. My only quibble with the audio version is the American accents (ouch) but not irksome enough to affect my enjoyment. Definitely recommended.

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Would recommend to anybody

Amazing book. Great insights, a fantastic fictional world to get myself lost in! Particularly enjoyed Roxy. Thank you Naomi.

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There is so much to love here

This book challenges and really makes you step back and reevaluate both gender and power. A lot of the time I was left thinking “but women would never..” followed by “but men did and do”. Without giving anything away, I loved the ending! I loved how the “writer” was weaved throughout the novel and the ending is such an ah-ha moment. Where if you didn’t understand what the message was, you do now. Really well done, this book should be in high school curriculums. Graphic for sure, but so is history.

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Great listen

Binge-listened to this riveting revisionist-history style novel. The plot unfolded naturally from characters that were well-developed and true.

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Amazing

This book should be required reading for young adults. One of the best books I've read since the first time I picked up The Handmaid's Tale. The audiobook is incredibly well read and the performance of the main reader is inspired. The story itself is so compelling that after listening to it I want to read it for myself.

This book is powerful.

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Worth the Discomfort

I had to turn it off once in a while to consider what I'd heard, but I always wanted to know what was next.

This book made me angry, upset, queasy, and uncomfortable, but it also made me think, and I'm very glad I stuck with it.

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  • Tim
  • 2018-01-09

Entertaining story, nice structure, perfect performance

Story flows easily and in an addictive way despite a series of characters (and perspectives) that never meet. Performance is perfect. The different characters come to life, adding richness to the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-06

WOW

This story was amazing and the performance completely gripping. Thoroughly enjoyed it, didn't notice the time at all!

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  • Zaira
  • 2018-11-02

Mind Blown!

This book really blew my mind and left me feeling emotionally charged at the end. Not just the story but the letters exchanged between Neil and Naomi - really had an impact. The fact that this book was actually written by a man makes it even more interesting! There were parts of this book that were down right gruesome and soo hard to digest - let alone imagine! I wanted to look away but couldn't "move on" with the story without reading every word! This really makes you re-think the way the world works today.. the cruelties, the injustice, the compassion, the peace - we all, male or female, have the power to change things that happen in this world today. Question is do we really want things to change and if so, what do we want the future to look like?