The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Audiobook CD - 2017
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In 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. 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.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781681684215
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Brazil, Angela


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This book had me driving along (I listen on my commute) with my mouth literally hanging open in utter indignation. The author does such a fabulous job of bringing these women to life out of history that it makes you just squirm in your chair to hear about the pain they endured as a direct result of their criminally negligent employers. These courageous women deserve to have their stories heard! I'll admit to not much liking the narrator, but I got used to her voice after a chapter or two and it certainly didn't impact my enjoyment of the book.


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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