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Summary

Winner of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award.

Eves are designed, not made. The School trains them to be pretty. The School trains them to be good. The School trains them to Always be Willing. All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now they are ready for the outside world.

Companion...concubine...or chastity. Only the best will be chosen. And only the Men decide.

©2014 Louise O'Neill (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Deserves to be read by young and old, male and female, the world over in the same way Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were." ( Sunday Independent)
"Utterly magnificent...gripping, accomplished and dark." (Marian Keyes)
" The Handmaid's Tale meets Mean Girls." ( The Vagenda)

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A narrator who can't read?!

The book is good but the narrator is AWFUL. Dystopian fiction worth reading. Just don't get the audiobook.

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poor narration

Ok dystopian novel. Terrible narration with words often mispronounced. This spoils it completely - I.e. 'bellying' for 'belying".

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An interesting premise but bad narration very offputting!

I liked this premise from the outset, although I think it could have been fleshed out a bit more. I I would like to know more about the dystopian world in which the characters live, outside the school setting, and I'd like to know more about the different motivations of the girls as well, as they are quite difficult to differentiate. But in general I liked the idea and it was definitely gripping and well-paced, with some interesting messages and warnings. However I do think the poor narration of this audiobook detracts from the story, which is a shame for the author. The reader mispronounces a number of words - I had to rewind to work out what word she meant in a couple of instances - and uses very weird intonation that makes it tricky to know exactly what tone the author is going for. I think probably better to read the actual book as the narration is distracting.

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will audible, i most certainly did not enjoy that.

what the hell was that. that was awful. narration was horrible. story was worse. there was no dept to that at all. ibtjink that one of if not the worst book I've read.

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Absolutely rubbish

Oh no..... don't waste money on this book..... it is truly awful. Honestly .... The worst book I have ever listened too. Too many negatives to even waste time mentioning.

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Great book, poor narration.

Gripping, thought provoking, unputdownable.
The only let down was the narrator, mispronounced words, wrong intonations etc... Would much prefer Aoife McMahon telling the story.

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Disappointed

the last few chapters felt like the author didn't know where they were going with the story. it was a real disappointment as I felt so invested and then it was a huge build up for a quick dull solution that didn't live up to the quality or writing style of the rest of the book which left me thinking....is that it?
the narrator stumbled over pronunciation in places but was pleasant to listen to otherwise.

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Enjoyable but poorly read

I quite enjoyed this - well enough written to keep me listening until the end - and will buy a copy for my 12 year old niece. I found the narrator lacked nuance and regularly mispronounced words so I was taken out of the story and became frustrated.

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Story is fine, narrator is terrible

I though the story was interesting enough, though I did get bored and found myself not really caring about all the girl drama at several points. The ending was really chilling though, so that saved it for me.

The narrator has very weird intonation, she put emphasis on certain words that didn't really work, plus she would often SHOUT something and then say, "I whispered," and vice versa, which really took me out of it. Some very weird choices there which rubbed me the wrong way.

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Narrator is the worst!

What made the experience of listening to Only Ever Yours the most enjoyable?

The story is good, the characters are interesting and quite well developed. I think it gives a good portrayal of teenage girls and their relationships.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's a little shallow, so maybe some more exploration of the dystopian world they live in and how it came to be.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I honestly cannot believe how bad the narrator was. She mispronounces things, trips up over her words constantly and is extremely irritating. I don't understand why they didn't re-record all her mistakes. She is also very shrill.

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Absolutely Frightful

This book left me stunned at both the frightfulness of the society one gets to glimpse at and the eerie similarities to our own.

If you intend to sleep soundly or feel at peace ever again, then stay far away. If however you value an incitement to compassion and empathy this book will give you that in spades.