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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Anna Burns
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Summary

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

©2019 Anna Burns (P)2019 Faber Audio

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"Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time." (Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies)  

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No Maybes - this is so good!

This is my maybe best audible book I’ve listened to for a long time, a really long time going way back long time.
Author, Anna Burns, had me listening while walking and laughing while getting the notion of how lives were, over the road, over the water in that other country over there.
I’ve told my longest friend, all my book-friends and new found friends that if they haven’t read Milkman yet then they should or listen to it: it’s a great introduction to audible books.
Simply clever, full of observations, full of humour, full of telling it like it is, of the times, of the events, of the gossip and of the suspicions.
Do pick up the Milkman, listen to it’s outstanding narration or even read it while walking why don’t you.

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why listen to this version

I know this is the less popular audioversion of this masterpiece but I strongly recommend it ..somehow hearing the author , without varnish, without polish , without training.. brings the whole glorious work closer . And her voice sounds young enough to be middle sister , with that lift at the end of each phrase always sounding hopeful ....In the afterword she tells us that she would always speak the story out loud as she wrote it and that confirms to me that listening is the best way to read this book . Enjoy !

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Stunning work.

If you want a paychological insight into intergenerational trauma (in this case re the Northern troubles) and the collateral effects of trauma on broader society listen to this book. Its particularly strong in audio form as Anna's voice and expression makes the story even more evocative, intense and compelling.

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Quite a gem really

I was enjoying this but had to listen to a bit at a time to focus on what was being said and the rhythm.

There was one point that I wanted to give up and get a refund but glad I perservered and in the end really enjoyed this. Quite poetic really and love the use of language.

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Lyrical and disturbing.

Anna Burns opus is both beautiful and ugly. It encapsulates such a dark time in the history of Northern Ireland but with great humanity and attention to detail. I struggled to read the actual book . It came alive to me when the author read the words in what sounded like a flawless exposition.

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amazing story, enhanced by the author narrating

This novel deserves all the accolades it has received, and I felt lucky to hear it read by the author. I think if I had read it myself I would have lost some of the power of the rhythm delivered in this performance. One of my favourite Audible listens so far. I hope Anna Burns narrates more of her work.

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A case of the audiobook elevating the book.

The narration by the author, strongly-accented, at first seeming unemotional, is darkly funny and brings the book to life in a way I found addictive. I started hearing her voice even when reading the text.

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A Master Piece of Fiction

A superbly written and narrated novel, giving a unique and insightful insight into life in Northern Ireland during the 70's. Although the main theme of the book is very grim and disturbing at times it is speckled throughout with every day humour and the foibles of being human .

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Loved this book

Although I found the author’s accent and method of writing a little irritating at first (list after list! ) when I relaxed into it I really enjoyed this book. I learned a huge amount about ordinary life during the Troubles, found that fascinating. Very worthwhile

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funny ,witty but intense .

Exceptional narration. Witty humor kept me going but a little depressing. Ending a little weak.

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  • 12-07-21

Narrators voice

The narrator of this book was shocking and I could not listen for more than 30 min and gave up. Her voice has a lilt at the end of each sentence without any expression which makes it very hard to listen to. It was not her accent I have chatted to a few friends who also had this book downloaded and they were unable to listen to it as well What a pity and please can audible assess narrators before releasing the books onto your platform. I love what you have to offer and never had an issue. I must also listen for longer to the sample to ensure the narrator is competent Kind regards Beth