Mad Women by Jane Maas – Audiobook Review

Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas, narrated by Colleen Marlo
Published in audio by Tantor Audio, published in print by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of Macmillan

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Synopsis:

America loves Mad Men, but was was it really like to be a woman on Madison Avenue  in the 1960s? Is Peggy’s story accurate? Joan’s? If anyone has the answers, it is Jane Maas. Maas was an advertising copywriter in the 1960s who grew to a great success within the industry, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is (and was).

Thoughts on the story:

Here’s where I admit I never really got into Mad Men. I watched the first season, or most of it, on dvd, but was never really motivated to start the second season. Having watched the first season did give me a bit of background to what Maas discusses in Mad Women, but watching the show is not really a prerequisite to enjoying the book. Maas weaves feminist issues effortlessly together with advertising history and lore in an absolutely fascinating package. There’s quite a bit of sex, drugs, and alcohol in Mad Women, but it is in an attempt to set the scene and explain what was really going on, not in an attempt at being salacious, or gossip-mongering.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Colleen Marlo largely became Maas in her narration, she had the same mix of confidence and knowledge that comes across in Maas’s writing, making them a very good fit, and making the already interesting material all the more compelling.

Overall:

You don’t need to be a fan of Mad Men to find Mad Women intereting, but it will hold a special attraction for fans wondering, “was it really like that?” Although I’m sure it is still fascinating in print, Marlo’s narration is a great experience.

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9 comments to Mad Women by Jane Maas – Audiobook Review

  • I’ve never seen Mad Men at all. It’s nice to know the book would still work for me.

  • So Mad Women is non-fiction? I’ve never watched Mad Men, though I’ve heard tons of good things about the series.

  • This sounds fun. I adore the cover. I’ve never watched Mad Men but I keep meaning too. I think what scares me off is the show gives me the impression of too much sex and drugs. I should check this out.

  • Amy

    This sounds interesting. Thanks for the heads up on some of the content!

  • Not really a fan of Mad Men, but this book still sounds like it’s worth a listen.

  • I was hoping this would be good in audio because I don’t have time to squeeze in even one more print book and Mad Men is a favorite of mine. It’s one of the few shows I always watch.

  • I haven’t been able to get into that show either, but I got to hear the author speak when I was in Tucson and she was incredibly entertaining! It was my favorite session from the Tucson Festival of Books for pure entertainment value.

  • I love Mad Men and my husband works in advertising so I like I’d really like this book. Thanks for the review!

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