Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain



I listened to the unabridged audio version of A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain and narrated by Hillary Huber. 

Listening time for A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain is 1 hour, 15 minutes.

As an Audible member, I was able to download and listen to A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain for FREE on my Kindle. 

Below is my unbiased review for A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain.

What initially attracted me to A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain (aside from it being free) was the publisher's summary, the 1700+ reviews/ratings, and the 4.1 out 5 star average rating for A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain.

I've always been somewhat fascinated with the life of Marie Curie. So, needless to say, I was curious to listen to A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain. I've also wanted to read a book by Paula McLain, so listening to A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain helped fulfill two goals.

I thought A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain was way too short of a read!! I wish this book had been longer and contained more detail about Marie Curie's life and legacy. I felt like A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain focused on a very narrow timeline of Marie Curie's life for the majority of this book as it focused primarily on Marie Curie's college years at the Sorbonne in Paris. Marie Curie's younger life was discussed in A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain as well as to what Marie Curie's future held for her... But quite frankly, I wanted a more comprehensive read regarding Marie Curie's life. 

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain is a good introduction to Marie Curie's life. However, if you want something more comprehensive about Marie Curie's life then I suggest looking elsewhere.

I thought Hillary Huber did a decent job narrating A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain. Additionally, Paula McLain's writing was was good, but I am now uncertain if I want to read her novel, My Paris Wife after reading A Mind of Her Own.

The following is the publisher's summary for A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain from Audible:
From Paula McLain, the best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin, comes a breathtakingly intimate story of the brilliant, willful Marie Curie - a young woman in Paris on the verge of her greatest discovery yet: herself.
Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone.

Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness. Thirty-five-year-old Pierre Curie, famous for his work on symmetry, believes he has found in Marie an equal who shares his devotion to scientific discovery. He offers to help with her work, and soon begins to court her. But to Marie, men have always been an obstacle, love a distraction from her goals. She hasn't come this far to let either stand in the way of her dreams - dreams Pierre insists they can share.

In A Mind of Her Own, McLain taps into the luminous mind and complex heart of a singular woman caught between order and chaos, science and love in the period just before the world would learn her name.
I am giving A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars. 

Until my next post, happy reading!!

2 comments:

  1. I have read The Paris Wife and had a few problems with it. I was curious about this one because Marie Curie is a heroine of mine but I think I will take your advice and find a proper biography. I am pretty picky about biographical fiction, especially when it is about a well known person. Some of those books are just too light weight for the importance of such persons.

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    1. Yes, please look for a proper biography of Marie Curie elsewhare, this book will not completely satisfy one's curiosity with regards to Marie Curie's life.

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