Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O'Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman and Jim Meskimen

Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 7 hours 12 minutes
Narrated by: Betsy Foldes Meiman and Jim Meskiman
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?
Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there’s arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn’t question.)
Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

  • What to wear
  • Where to relieve yourself
  • How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
  • What to expect on your wedding night
  • How to be the perfect Victorian wife
  • Why masturbating will kill you
  • And more

My Thoughts:
Several people I know enjoyed this book and it sounded fun so it was an easy choice to spend an Audible credit on it.

This was fun. It was written as a dose of reality to modern day women romanticizing life in their historical books. Not so glamorous. I knew going in that it was written with a touch of sarcasm and humor so I wasn’t surprised at that part. This is not dry nonfiction. This is the author talking to the reader with a wicked grin in her voice that clearly says she’s enjoying ruining the reader’s romantic notions.

Having just finished Get Well Soon, I was familiar with the parts about some of the common diseases of the era. There was plenty of other new information that made me happy to have been born in the twentieth century.

Betsy Foldes Meiman does the majority of the narration with Jim Meskimen narrating the parts that are quotes from books written by men. Meiman seems to have fully embraced the tone of the book and seems to enjoy the snarkiness. While I though it was a little overedone at times, her narration clearly fit the tone of this particular book but I’m not sure she’s someone I’d want to narrate a more straightforward story.

It was fun, interesting, educational if not a but cringeworthy at times and a book I’d recommend.

4 stars 4/5 for the book

3.5 stars 3.5/5 for the narration (or maybe the production)