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The New Me

Narrated by: Halle Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

I'm still trying to make the dream possible: still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might. I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind.   

Thirty-year-old Millie just can't pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again.   

When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she's envisioning - one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence - within reach. But with it also comes the paralysing realisation, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become.    

Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the fun house of American consumer culture.

©2019 Halle Butler (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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An enjoyable listen

There are aspects of this book I really relate to and found gripping (if not terrifying). Although I found Millie unbelievably negative, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her too. It's very honest and she is at most times, unlikable, but I was still in her corner throughout. I did find myself becoming uninterested at parts but quickly reeled back in. I think plot wise, not much happens but the narrative is very well written. It's a good and short listen.

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  • Mona Berge
  • 24-09-19

Irritating voice

I could not listen to this book. The narrator speaks in a way that I just want to say shut up.