Review of Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot audiobook

Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
by Winifred Conkling; read by Christina Moore
Middle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 3/18
6 CDs    7.25 hrs.    978-1-5019-7193-8    $20.99

Narrator Moore has a deep, resonant alto with a no-nonsense quality that perfectly embodies the resolve of America’s first feminists. When quoting Susan B. Anthony, she adopts a smooth assurance; for Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her voice lightens; but because her purpose in voicing these women is informational, not interpretive, she doesn’t voice them as characters. For every speaker, a slight hesitation and change of vocal quality make clear when direct quotes are being applied, thus adding to the adroitness of the presentation. A deliberate pace helps listeners sort through the mass of dates and information, making this excellent resource accessible to a wide audience.

From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Anita L. Burkam
Anita L. Burkam
Horn Book reviewer Anita L. Burkam is former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

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