Outspoken Women

Gloria Steinem, Tina Fey, Brené Brown, Malala Yousafzai, Amanda Palmer, Janis Ian . . .these women speak out —in their audiobooks.

Celebrating Women’s History

This March we celebrate audiobooks about the women who inspire us—women who lead, who inspire, who change the world. Since we’re in the world of sound, let’s hear from these six Outspoken Women through their audiobooks.

by Janis Ian, read by Janis Ian
Audible Inc/Brilliance Audio

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian shares her journey as an American singer-songwriter who first entered the music scene in the mid-1960s. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

by Malala Yousafzai, read by Archie Panjabi
Hachette Audio

Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

by Tina Fey, read by Tina Fey
Hachette Audio

Part personal story, part comedy, and part career advice, Tina Fey’s memoir  is full of her signature smart and self-deprecating humor. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

by Brené Brown, read by Brené Brown
Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Highly personal stories and Brené Brown’s gut-wrenching honesty contribute to the intensity and work well to illustrate her step-by-step formula for rising above shame and hurt. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

by Gloria Steinem, read by Debra Winger, Gloria Steinem
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape

Gloria Steinem recounts the struggles and joys she found in her literal and metaphorical journeys as a feminist leader  and journalist. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

by Amanda Palmer, read by Amanda Palmer
Hachette Audio

Amanda Palmer’s resonant yet intimate reading is captivating—but in a way that keeps listeners wondering whether it’s her wisdom about emotional connections or her outspoken self-promotion that makes this audio so powerful. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

This is just a sample of audiobooks by and about inspiring women. Explore many of them in AudioFile’s biography & memoir reviews.

Leave a comment with YOUR favorite audiobook by or about an outspoken woman.

Outspoken Girl to Outspoken Woman

Janis IanJanis Ian came to public attention using both her voice and her lyricism while she was still a teenager. Today, she continues to work both with her voice and her poetry, and we’re all still listening and learning to think prejudices under her tutelage.

In SOCIETY’S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY, we have the wonderful experience of hearing her memories and developing ideals and ideas in her own narration. STARS takes us on journeys of the imagination in which Janis Ian’s songs inspire speculative short stories from a variety of science fiction authors and are performed here by ten narrators, including that songwriter who sparked these short stories.Janis Ian audiobook cover SOCIETY'S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

She lends her mellifluous and quiet voice to others stories with equal justice and Earphones Award-winning grace. Miriam Therese Winter’s autobiography, THE SINGER AND THE SONG comes to us in Janis Ian’s voice. As happens with some author and narrator combinations, they became a team to create this, reaching out to befriend each other as the print book moved to voice.

These days, Janis is working on a couple of audiobook projects, including a collection of poetry from her youth. We’re looking forward to that and hope you move it onto your future listening list, too! While waiting, we can visit her at home performing the upcoming children’s audiobook, THE TINY MOUSE.

Portrait photo of Janis Ian by Floyd Bagge