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The Yellow Wallpaper

By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Narrated by: Cynthia Erivo
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Summary

A woman and her husband rent a summer house, but what should be a restful getaway turns into a suffocating psychological battle. This chilling account of postpartum depression and a husband's controlling behaviour in the guise of treatment will leave you breathless.

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Fantastically wierd

Possibly not one to go to sleep with! An amazingly subtle yet convincing description of madness, expressed in a completely unexpected way.

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A Classic Tale

Well narrated. A very unsettling tale. I’m going to listen to it again now to sort my thoughts out about what happened..

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Haunting

Haunting and beautiful, narrated beautifully and authentically. Wish it were a novel. Will speak to anyone who has ever experienced mental health distress.

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Those creeping women, and they creep so fast

Hadn’t heard of this story before I what a discovery. Wonderfully written and creepy short story

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Loved it

Beautifully written and read by an excellent narrator. I felt very drawn in and it was an intriguing and memorable short read.

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Couldn’t make it through

Only 45 minutes long but I couldn’t get through it. The story and narrative is captivating but I cannot stand the reading, articulation is overdone and grating.

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Fascinating and clever

Not knowing what to expect, I found myself drawn into this story of a woman’s spiral downwards and deeper into depression. Her obsession with trying to make sense of the wallpaper and her surroundings and her relationship with her husband was so sad, and it completely shut out her ability to see what was really going on around her. The clues inserted by the author into the woman’s narrative are intended for the reader but all too sadly their significance was missed by the woman. A scary yet fascinating story that needs to be read/heard a couple of times in order to fully understand. Great performance too.

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So good

This is one of those stories that you know immediately when it's mentioned. Such good writing, such intriguing topic, such an open ending. Makes you think about it all for so long, I wish I could discuss this with a book club.

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Chilling

I had heard about this short story. Chilling and a bit disturbing, made even more powerful when I read about the author and her story

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ahead of its time!

intriguing stream of consciousness highlighting the oppression of women in the late 1900s, how society viewed them and attitudes towards mental health.

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