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Narrated by: Chloe Massey
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her, and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.

Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and an audiobook laden with truth that you will listen to again and again.

©2019 Emma Jane Unsworth (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I loved it! Dazzling observations and snarky one-liners, with a heroine who is vulnerable, funny, intelligent and feels So real. I wish I'd written it!" (Marian Keyes)

‘Confronting, heartbreaking and hilarious - a timely parable for modern anxiety as well as a timeless examination of men, women, sex, desire, friendship, family and the female psyche...I completely and utterly adored it." (Dolly Alderton)

"So funny, arch and tender...A must-read For anyone who has ever wondered what it means to be a daughter, a friend or a mother, when sometimes you don't even know how to be yourself." (Jessie Burton)

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50/50

I have to admit the first half of this book I couldn’t get into, the main character is not likeable at all. Being 33 myself I really couldn’t believe a 35 year old was still so obsessed with instagram or that self absorbed. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot!
But I preserved as the book had such good reviews and I’m glad I did But I wouldn’t recommend listening to the book. Many of the chapters are so short, so a lot made no sense to me. (Some chapters go back in time)
I didn’t even realise the chapters had titles as I didn’t find that clear at all. (Until about half way through when I just so happened to be looking at the app and it all made sense!)
I listened to the last chapter over and over but I still have no clue what the last word is. And I’m not sure how the first chapter fits in to the story either.
So I think I will have to purchase a copy and read the book, as I did enjoy the last half of the book when things came together but I did find that I predicted all of the ‘twists’.
I also really can’t believe after everything that has happened she still gives her ex the time of day!!

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I tried soo hard to like this, but it's soo BORING

The summary of this book was promising, had me intrigued. I was looking for a lighthearted listen, even if it was going to be dark humour; just something to help ease these difficult circumstances we find ourselves in and supply a couple of chuckles. I stumbled upon this book in the 'comedy' section of Audible, rather carelessly placed I now think. The book is too much about Instagram and a woman's crazy obsession with social media, thirst for likes and follows and need for constant reassurance from all of her 'friends'. As a 26 y/o woman, I found this a very sad, frustrating and unbelievable tale -not to mention extremely tedious. I'm sorry, I just don't care how many likes your post got or if your fave 'social influencer' stopped following you. This story had potential but went nowhere and was boringly written. 21st century flop. Sorry!
(The narrator did the best she could with such dull content, though I didn't enjoy the bits where she growled loudly down my ear).

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Think this book is more suited to print than audio

I found this book grating on me from the start, the characters are predictable and clichéd. There were really enjoyable parts but think it would be more suited to print than audio.

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For the narcissist in you

I really didn't enjoy this and couldn't even make it quarter way through. Just not my cuof tea

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Utterly brilliant

I was ready to not love this because I’m not a fan of Instagram ‘look at my life’ fakes but my god this blew me away. So witty, poignant and very, very clever. So many relationships are explored and exposed, so many lines made me laugh out loud and I found myself identifying with Jenny on more than a few occasions. Emma Jane Unsworth is utterly brilliant and the performance by the narrator was perfect.

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lovely

great book, I thought it was more mature than Animals in terms of the writing/characters. didn't love the end?!

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Loved it!

Moving story that had me in tears of joy & sadness wonderfully brought to life by Chloe Massey! I couldn’t put it down... well whatever the audio equivalent of that is!