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Three Women

Written by: Lisa Taddeo
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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“I can’t imagine a scenario where this isn’t one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year.” (Dave Eggers)

From a thrilling new talent, Three Women is an astonishing work of narrative journalism - reported over eight years - about the sex lives and desires of three ordinary American women.

Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them both - as well as the community in which they live.

For nearly a decade, Lisa Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York Magazine and Esquire, embedded herself with three everyday women to write this deeply immersive account of their erotic lives and longings. The result - shocking, powerful, and timely - comes across like George Packer’s The Unwinding, but for the state of female desire. Three Women is a major work from an exhilarating new voice.

©2019 Lisa Taddeo (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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I’m still trying to figure out how to explain what I think of this book. It’s every woman in some way. Magnificent read!

It moved me. I related to it in so many ways. It angered me and made me sad and I was cheering for each woman at different parts and felt defeated and sad for them in others.
I think it’s a book I might not have understood if younger me read it. I would have been judgmental, but 40 year old me gets them, all of them and has been them in one way or another at different points of my journey.
It’s deep, and magnificent. Highly highly recommend. Side note: It’s not something you’d want to listen to so everyone can hear (in a car with others) sensitive moments and it’s very very adult in parts.

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brilliantly written

this book made me cringe all the way through but in the best way possible.

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Loved it.

The narrative was beautifully read and the story poignant. I really enjoyed the story immensely.

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  • Jennifer S. Leblanc
  • 2019-07-13

Shocking and sensitive

Great book with fair handling of a difficult subject. The themes in the three wildly different stories are expertly drawn together. Difficult to read without feeling both the thrill and pain of the three protagonists.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Homer
  • 2019-07-25

Moving, literary nonfiction

This book is a nonfiction account of the lives of — surprise! — three women. It is their accounts of their struggles to find romantic love (mostly heterosexual) and how that affects the trajectory of their lives, for better and worse. It is not a story of their struggles with career, school, family, etc. It’s an interior struggle that plays out with the key men (and a few women) in their lives.

While focusing on the particular, the book becomes universal. By the end, you are left with the impression that all of us have romantic triumphs and wounds that shape who we are. Even for this male reader.

The writing and narration are superb. Non-fiction is often just a “data dump” — here are facts. This reads like good literary fiction. The narrators convey the emotional subtext of the story very well. The level of writing and narration elevate this book out of the genre

One small complaint: the arbitrary switching among the stories of the three women. I think I would have preferred to hear one story, start to finish, before moving on to the next. When the next switch came, I was left hanging on to the previous story and needed to take time to reacquaint myself with the woman’s story I was rejoining.

I am impressed with the level of immersive reporting that went into this book. It’s obvious this author spent years on this project. Well worth the effort to produce something as well done as this.

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  • Johanna R Marcusky
  • 2019-07-24

Ingenious

As an avid reader/listener of nonfiction, I've been moved and taught by many books (Evicted and No Visible Bruises come to mind). No book has affected me like Three Women. The cliché "brutally honest" is the best explanation I can muster. I cannot wait to listen again so I can delve deeper into the lives and the intricacies of the three women (all women, all people) Mrs. Taddeo examines. Stunning.

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  • wdarling
  • 2019-07-16

Ooof. This. Was. Terrible.

I have so many problems with this book. I was really looking forward to after after reading a few early reviews. What those reviewers described was nothing close to what I read.

I was immediately set off from the prologue. The author reads this herself. With a pronounced lisp. - it might just be me, but listening to a lisp is like fingernails on a chalkboard.

The women. Maggie. Maggie sounds like a spoiled child. She had a crush on a teacher and was rebuffed so she decided to get back at him any way she could. He was acquitted of all charges. Her story wasn’t believable.

Lena. Her story was hard to listen to. She’s in a sexless marriage with boring, reliable Ed, who seems rather uninterested in his wife, so Lena looks up Aaron, an old high school - now married - boyfriend, on FB. They rekindle their physical relationship and this woman thinks it’s love because she finds a guy to French kiss her and after hearing it about a thousand times, we learn that french kissing is all she wants from poor old Ed. Aaron sounds like a dolt. Calls her kid, treats her like shit , has sex with her now and literally bolts as soon as they are done. There is nothing redeeming about Aaron, yet Lena thinks the sun rises and sets on his head. It’s hard to listen to just how desperate Lena is, pining for this painfully less than man, dropping anything and everything (kids included) if Aaron decides he’s got five minutes for a blow job.

Sloane. We’re supposed to believe she’s got everything. Looks, brains, a rich husband and career. Her husband fancies watching his wife have sex with other people and Sloane goes along for the ride. She initiates an encounter with an employee which turns into an ongoing affair which ultimately blows up in her face when the employees wife finds out. Yet somehow Sloane is still the victim. She’s ALWAYS the victim.
I didn’t care what happened to any of these entirely pathetic women.
This book isn’t “groundbreaking”. This isn’t a look into women’s desires. This book took EIGHT YEARS to write? Find a better way to utilize your time then, because this could have been written in quick weekend.
Three desperate, lonely women make bad choices and have sex to please men who don’t treat them with respect.
There. I’ve written this book.

Save your money. This was just awful.

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  • OwlB
  • 2019-07-17

Interesting but lispy

I just couldn't do the author's lisp. Mena Suvari's narration was a relief. Stories were interesting. Provocative. The writing captured much of the complexity of human emotions. Although I would not reread or listen again, I would be interested in the author's future works.

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  • h
  • 2019-07-21

Great journey

Great story but it just ended abruptly with no closure
I wish there was more to the lives of the ladies told here

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  • NursePicky
  • 2019-08-15

Jumps all over the place

This book went around and around with no resolution or organization. The stories were dead ends. The women were alternated in such a disorganized way I would forget the details before it came back to one. It took half of the next section figuring out who they were talking about. Pointless and annoying to follow.

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  • Serene
  • 2019-08-08

A wonderful and painful listen

This is one of the rawest accounts of female desire I’ve read... the way these women were misunderstood was especially painful, given how relatable their feelings and thoughts are. A highly recommended listen.

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  • yoguinha
  • 2019-08-07

Insightful and Devastating

What a book. Through an empathetic yet clinically factual narrative of three women, their desires and actions, the author reveals the portrait of a woman in a male dominated world, where forces beyond her own longings and hopes shape her destiny.

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  • Madison Vincent
  • 2019-08-01

Loved it!

I read some mixed reviews about this book, but I definitely enjoyed listening. I would recommend this book!

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