Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What Would Cleopatra Do? By E. Foley and B. Coates

Title: What Would Cleopatra Do? 
Author: E. Foley and B. Coates
Read by:  Madeleine Maby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: Approximately 5 hours and 25 minutes
Source: Review Copy from Simon & Schuster.  Thank-you!

As a fan of the History Chicks podcast, I adored this book.  It is a collection of brief biographies of a variety of women throughout history, from well-known to obscure.  I especially liked the question for each woman - why are they badass?  And also – what lessons could we learn from them as modern women? Madeleine Maby was a fantastic narrator and I enjoyed learning about so many “badass” women from history.  I’m waiting for a book 2 now with even more women.

There are fifty biographies overall.  This is not an in-depth look into any of the women’s history, but I thought it did a good job of giving a brief description of each woman, what makes her a “badass,” and what we can learn from her in today’s world.  The book is filled with humor and modern pop-culture references, which I enjoyed.  I tried to pick out which biography I liked best, and I really can’t as I enjoyed them all.  I especially like that some of the more obscure women’s history was written about.  I feel like the importance of many women in history has been forgotten over time.

Overall, What Would Cleopatra Do? Is a fantastic audiobook about strong women.  Prepare to learn a lot and be inspired.


  1. This sounds like an inspirational audiobook. Excellent review, Laura!

  2. Thank-you. It was an entertaining and inspirational book!