The Mad Girls of New York

Books on Tape. (Nellie Bly, Bk. 1). Apr. 2022. 10:31 hrs. ISBN 9780593558614. $85.50. F
Romance writer Rodale’s (An Heiress To Remember) series starter takes on the mostly true tale of real-life investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who worked in 1880s New York City. Nellie is the ideal subject for Rodale, who excels at writing tales of women circumventing societal expectations. Outspoken Nellie refuses to be relegated to reporting for the “ladies pages” of the New York World and instead accepts her most exciting assignment to date—spending a week undercover as a patient at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for Women. While on the island, she is shocked to see the conditions in which the women live; she hopes to survive long enough herself to be able to tell the story. Talented narrator Eva Kaminsky’s lively narration captures Rodale’s smartly written dialogue and energetic plot, making it a captivating listen. Her dynamic narration will have listeners rooting for this intrepid and inspirational woman.
VERDICT Share this highly recommended audio with fans of New York’s Gilded Age, or with anyone who appreciates a daring story of women doing it for themselves.
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