- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 19 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible Release Date: September 10, 2013
My Review (5 Stars – Loved it!)
My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning is historical fiction and takes place mainly during the second half of the nineteenth century in New York City. The protagonist, Axie Muldoon, daughter of Irish Immigrants, becomes an orphan and then becomes the notorious Madam X, searched out for her superior mid-wife skills as well as treatment for other female troubles.
This is a long novel (approximately 20 hrs.); however, I breezed right through it. I must admit, having my own Irish ancestry, grandparents arriving in NYC in the early twentieth century, I was automatically fond of Axie. She tells her story in the most interesting and fun way, even though the main topics are very serious.
I am also fond of Historical Fiction. The author, Kate Manning, does a suburb job in representing this era. Women of all classes come to Axie for help under their dire circumstances. Axie does not turn them away, despite the peril she places herself in. I doubt I will ever forget Axie.
Whatever side of women’s issues you find yourself on, I think you will enjoy this novel.
I highly recommend the audio version of this novel. Axie has an Irish/New York accent and way of speaking which adds to the enjoyment of this novel.
What Others Are Saying
“Axie’s profane Irish brogue is vividly recreated with virtually no anachronistic slips, and though a certain degree of polemical crusading is unavoidable given Axie’s proclivities, her voice never fails to entertain. – Kirkus Review
“Kate Manning has written a compelling novel about the plight of women and reproductive rights, and of course, the battle over these issues continues today. Highly recommended!” – Book of Secrets
Video (From The Author’s Website)