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Eileen Audiobook

Eileen

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Publisher's Summary

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer and her day job as a secretary at the prison.

When the charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.

In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

©2015 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc

What the Critics Say

"Fully lives up to the hype. A taut psychological thriller, rippled with comedy as black as a raven's wing, Eileen is effortlessly stylish and compelling." (The Times)

"Excellent...a taut, well-written, and completely engrossing novel...culminating in a dynamite ending." (Boston Globe)

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    ziiigggg 19/03/2017
    ziiigggg 19/03/2017
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    "Fantastic reader made this good, wouldve struggled otherwise"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this myself but wouldn't think its everyone cup of tea. Not much happens and it's basically a monologue of self loathing. Being rather misanthropic myself, I like a miserable story, but if yr looking for excitement fairies sunshine love and unicorns you wont find it here. Having said all that I think it would be better read than in audio format, but this reader made such a good job of maintaining interest and texture , she has made all the difference. The ending is weak tho, I felt let down by that. And we need to know more of Eileen's later life other than she got rich.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jonas UK 03/10/2016
    S. Jonas UK 03/10/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "A stunning book"

    A wonderful and compelling read, which starts mundanely enough with the gruesome detail of a desperate life and slowly creeps into a dark thriller. The twists and turns are at once subtle and shocking and hard to read, and the sordid day today grit of the life laid bare is all encompassing. The tension slowly tightens and becomes suffocating, and most striking of all is the bravery of having such an honest portrayal of a young woman with none of the graces and all the reality. This is stunning writing and I hope it wins the Booker!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Vicuña UK 09/10/2017
    Vicuña UK 09/10/2017
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    "Strange but compelling"

    I didn't know what to expect from this; having listened to it, I'm not sure how to rate it.

    I really disliked the main character, Eileen. But at the same time I felt sympathy for her situation, locked into caring for an alcoholic and demanding father whilst dreaming if escape. The plot isn't entirely plausible, but it certainly kept me intrigued and it's very well narrated. It's a complex exploration of the nature of love (and hate), mixed with hope and despair and reflection on opportunity.

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    kate 24/09/2017
    kate 24/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    loved it, odd, original and addictive. If you like strange characters and want to know what happens to them read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Jones 06/09/2017
    Gavin Jones 06/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Exactly What I Expected"

    I heard and extract from this book read on the radio. It sounded pretty good. I didn't expect the whole book to be exactly like the extract I heard. It's relentless. Superbly read, however.

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    DK UK 23/07/2017
    DK UK 23/07/2017
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    "Slow to take off"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was enjoyable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The slow burning. Both good and bad.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Not much


    Was Eileen worth the listening time?

    It was ok


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked a clear resolution. It was not the kind of novel that benefits from loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karina Lo Dico 29/04/2017
    Karina Lo Dico 29/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Slowly winds the reader into the twist"

    Well narrated story, where the suspense builds until the twist.

    The story was gently written, coming of age story, a bit laboured with adjectives.

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    Miss 15/03/2017
    Miss 15/03/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "kept waiting for the story to kick in"

    but alas it didn't. weak story, no empathy for the characters. V glad when it ended

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    D. Oxford UK 14/02/2017
    D. Oxford UK 14/02/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Curiouser and ... bizarre {:-o"

    Quite a most singular confessional. Exceptional interpretation; I couldn't help but picture Amy Farrah Fowler as Eileen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amelia 23/01/2017
    Amelia 23/01/2017
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    "Gripping misery"

    I chose this as on ManBooker shortlist for 2016.
    The narrative was excellent aiding the delivery of the story
    It is extremely dark and disturbing but drew me in and despite my revulsion at times I kept reading.
    The book is set in New England in the 1960’s. The story is about Eileen Dunlop an older woman looking back on her life to her early twenties. Aged 24 Eileen undertakes secretarial work in a boys’ juvenile detention unit. She lives in a filthy hovel with her alcoholic ex Police man father. She shares his filthy ways with lax personal hygiene and home skills. Her father delights in her discomfort and pain telling her she is plain and will remain single. Eileen’s wish is to leave and murder her father. This is all talk until Rebecca St John arrives to work in the prison setting off a domino effect with Eileen.
    It is morbid and then some Eileen is walking breathing thinking misery. She has no interest or care for anyone and I would not suggest this as reading material for those with depressive leanings.
    The ending was satisfying and I cant believe Im saying this but I enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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