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Summary

Bloomsbury presents No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, read by Kristen Sieh.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021.

This is a story about a life lived in two halves.

It’s about what happens when real life collides with the increasing absurdity of a world accessed through a screen.

It’s about where we go when existential threats loom and the high stakes of reality that claim us back.

It’s about living in world that contains both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time.

©2021 Patricia Lockwood (P)2021 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"I really admire and love this book. Patricia Lockwood is a completely singular talent and this is her best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet." (Sally Rooney)

"A furiously original novel, alive and unstable." (Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror)

"A formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases." (New York Times Book Review)

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Stunning & profound

One of the most thought-provoking and beautiful books I’ve ‘read’ in a long time, with a stunning performance by Kristen Sieh

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Fantastic

I absorbed this audiobook in 24 hours, it's surprising, emotional and wonderfully written and recorded. Definitely recommend choosing this book, you won't regret it.

Now I'm off to get a hard copy so I can experience it all over again!

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Writing. Reading. Everything

This is very very very well read. And written. I’m going to listen again. Now

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Jumbled

I really struggled with this one. I don’t feel at all engaged in the story as it seems to jump from one thing to another.

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Exhausting

I’ve listened to to half an hour and I’m worn out by the gymnastics of random associations with dirty words peppered through, ‘just to be funny’. I’m giving up.

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The (very much shorter) Ulysses of our time

I remember reading James Joyce’s “Ulysses” at university and being utterly baffled by the cacophony of references - snatches of popular songs, references to current affairs, advertising slogans etc. - and being told by the lecturer that if we’d read it in 1922, we would have “got it”. Now, in 2021, reading “No One is Talking About This” I think I know what they meant. I come from the same generation as Lockwood and recognize many of the allusions and references embedded in the stream of this novel’s consciousness. It is immensely satisfying. And the second part is as beautiful and heartbreaking as the first part is dazzling.

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Sublime writing

Beautiful, gripping, and enormously moving - read with a perfect accuracy of tone and pace. A precise and wry description of living Very Online blossoms into the story of a life fully experienced. This audio book is a work of art, and I absolutely loved it.

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A lyrical book about love, life and the portal

This book looks at our relationship with the Internet and where it might lead. Then how one moment can change everything and this can teach us to appreciate every minute in the physical world as well.

A beautifully written poetic novel. Perfect for these pandemic times to remind us as we emerge blinking in the sunlight to appreciate real relationships as well as virtual ones.

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Bizarre

Decided to give this a chance but it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. As others have said, the second half was a more comprehensible narrative. If only the first half hadn’t been so repulsive at times. Prize material?

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pile of nonsense

Disappointing experience
I really tried to like this book, but i couldn’t make any sense of the story
2h in listening, i finally gave up

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Worst book ever

This is possibly the worst book I have ever started reading.

The author seems to be on drugs.

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