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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Animal by Lisa Taddeo, read by Emma Roberts.

The first novel from Lisa Taddeo, author of the internationally best-selling phenomenon Three Women.

A 2021 highlight for: Guardian - Sunday Express - Independent - New Statesman - Evening Standard - Cosmopolitan - Red - Daily Mail - Daily Express - The Week - Irish Times - i - The Sun.

I drove myself out of New York City, where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig.

That’s a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man.

Do you see how this is going? But I wasn’t always that way.

I am depraved. I hope you like me.

©2021 Woolloomooloo, LLC (P)2021 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"Like a series of grenades exploding." (Marian Keyes)

"Wow. Dark, hypnotic and horrifying, with a central protagonist in Joan who demands your deepest empathy despite every transgression, it’s brilliantly written and expertly done. I loved it." (Harriet Tyce, best-selling author of Blood Orange and The Lies You Told)

"I don’t think there is a writer alive who writes about the interior lives of women with the raw truth and intensity [Taddeo] does.... Fearless, sexy, brutal and just forensically observed. She is extraordinary." (Jojo Moyes)

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keep going

it's a tough book to read, it's slow for most of it but damn is it worth it.
A story of a woman's struggle with her relationship to men and her connection with other women.
Parts may be triggering, shocking and down right disgusting but I found overall the story to be wonderful.
somehow the author made it feel so real, I was her, I went through those events and now I just want to hug my Mum.

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Don't bother

I kept listening to this. .even with the narrator's rather irritating voice. I kept hoping it would grip me..interest me...be good...but sadly it was jumbled rambling interspersed with bad sex experiences and men's behaviours....not enough to carry 9 hours ...I have up with 5 hours left.

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Dark, well written

Emma Roberts’ reading of this dark story made it worth staying until the end.

The story went too far in places - the wolves scene and the murder…. Jumped the (dark) shark to demonstrate how “depraved” Joan was. For that reason, I would be embarrassed to recommend the book to anyone - which is a shame because I found Joan compelling until then.

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Never believe the blurb

If your idea of fictional "handgrenades" or "masterpiece" is the self indulgent memoir of an unpleasant sexually incontinent dysfunctional bore (but beautiful of course) then this is the book for you.
Unbelievable vacuous characters, a plot as stupid as the Goldfinch and every nasty anglosaxon word in the dictionary. And some theft and tedious descriptions of food as well as sex for good measure.
Just a snarkier version of the shopping and f****** novel, the women have to be gorgeous, the men one dimensional, and the sex gratuitous and patronising to whatever gender.
There are a few good lines and sly observations in the first chapters but ultimately it's a tedious depressing lsten, with everything reduced, not to the animal but the greedy, superficial, envious and puerile.
Not a writer you would want to get stuck next to on long haul.

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wondrous. I didn't want it to end...

After 3 women which I've now listened to multiple times i was very excited for her novel. I loved it. Her style of writing is exquisite, simply sublime and Emma Roberts narration perfect. I won't give away any spoilers but if you enjoyed 3 women I think you'll love this. if you prefer saccharine and escapism then you probably won't.

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Spectacular.

Loved every minute if this. Narration was immaculate. Hearing the writer talk about where the subject material came from made sense of its utter realness- the heartbreak, pain, loss and love. Powerful.

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A very important book

Shows the damaging events all women experience in Western culture. It made me sad to hear it but also less alone.

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A dark, slimy longing journey of womanhood

Trigger warning-- the fantasy and forlon around rape / graphic murder scenes in several depictions and miscarriage.
Even though other readers had warned me of the content this book journeys on, I had to try it for myself. I took many pauses if I felt triggered or heightened with emotion. Taddeo's first novel 'Three Women' was so spectacular in prose and character, it reeled me into her darkness in this story.
It's a tale broody with desperation, longing and lack. Slimy, self depreciating and ghostly, the characters play of each other's loneliness and burdens, all a bit lost, because they've experienced loss. Prose was once again brilliant. But I suggest being in a balanced state of mind before entering this content.

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One of the most astonishing books of 2021

The narrative is seamless, a book I wanted to never end. Characterisation so finely tuned.

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Incredible

The story is vibrant and intense. For me, a page turner from start to finish. Great voice reading it. Overall - outstanding piece.
I also ended up really liking the main character.

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What an incredible book!!!!

This is the most incredibly powerful , beautifully written book, read with perfection by Emma Roberts. Lisa Thaddeo’s book speaks to the animal in all of us, good, bad, beautiful and savage. Her writing is magnificent, the story so unusual but beautifully woven. I loved this book so much. Emma Roberts could not have done a better job of conveying this story. Five stars from top to bottom.