The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017 | Unabridged
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1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous-the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive-their work-was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering-in the face of death-these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources-including diaries, letters, and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women's relatives-The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar.
Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781681684222
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15hr., 54 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Brazil, Angela
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Dec 27, 2018

I was truly shocked for basically the whole time of listening to this book. Although a bit lengthy, it is very interesting and I liked how the author brought in the personal aspects of the women. Unfortunately, I wasn't very impressed by the narrator's reading style... It makes an already very uneasy book to listen to even more difficult. Nevertheless, learning about the Radium Girls and their lives was worth the effort!

Mar 02, 2018

I had to stop listening to Radium Girls. The narrator seems inexperienced or distracted or something, with pausing in the middle of sentences where there should be no pauses. It's a shame because I waited for this book to become available for several months.

Feb 13, 2018

I've so wanted to read this book, but the narrator of the audio cd is absolutely painful to listen to. Sing-songy, pedantic, and just plain grating. Awful to contemplate spending 16 hours, nearly half a work week, with that. Sad, but I'll have to wait until after eye surgery to see if I can read it instead. Really disappointed.


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