Free ePUB Normal People (Audio Download): Sally Rooney, Aoife McMahon, Whole Story Audiobooks: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Sally Rooney –

Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the YearWinner of the Costa Best Novel AwardLonglisted for the Women s Prize for FictionConnell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland The similarities end there they are from very different worlds When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person s life a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us blazingly about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney s second novel breathes fiction with new life A sparkling new novel from the Young Writer of the Year Award winning author of Coversations with Friends

9 thoughts on “Normal People (Audio Download): Sally Rooney, Aoife McMahon, Whole Story Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Lola Lola says:

    The Times called it the best novel published this year.The Guardian praised it as a future classic.Elif Batuman, author of my favourite The Idiot said I couldn t put Normal People down I didn t think I could love it as much as Conversations with Friends , but I did Sally Rooney is a treasure I can t wait to see what she does next For me it was a no a NO I m feeling tired just thinking about explaining myself and the annoyance, disappointment and almost hurt I experienced while reading Normal People I want my money back Throughout the book I kept thinking why, why is this not working for me Why I m becoming and annoyed Why don t I care Why Maybe because I am no longer a target audience of the book.Nice enough writing and observations but somewhat dull and infantile The very notion of the two people, seemingly perfect for each other, ruining each other s lives over and over again drove me mad It became repetitive, then it became boring I just could not stand reading about on off relationship of these young damaged adults while such important matters like domestic abuse, depression and mental health in general were hugely overlooked.I really cannot see why the novel made it to the Man Booker Prize longlist And yes, perhaps it s not a one star book but at this point, this is what I feel.You know what I reminded me of Rupi Kaur and her poetry.

  2. Kate M Kate M says:

    I think this was the worst book I ve read in a long time Characters are two dimensional and poorly developed and the writing is like something a precocious teenager would write in an English essay Don t waste your time

  3. Anna Anna says:

    Disclaimer here I would not normally ever, EVER pick up this book on my own I m only reading it because it s on my MA reading list.First up UGH PUNCTUATION I hate this no quotation marks style Hated it when Cormac McCarthy used it, hate it now I know it s a stylistic thing, but well, I guess I ll just say it s not a style I like.Normal People is a story of abuse It s the story of Marianne who goes from terrible relationship to terrible relationship and allows herself to be abused because it s all she s ever known In a way, it s gripping because you just want Marianne to get out of this, get out of all this crap she s living with, but she just goes from bad to worse Everything in her life is tied around Connell and his acceptance rejection of her, and it s ridiculous because even though he doesn t actually hit her or anything, it s obvious to me, at least that he s an oblivious idiot who is obviously using Marianne for his own benefit It s not to say that she didn t get anything out of it she did but if this is what relationships are like in the 21st century, I m glad I m not in one Maybe I m too prudish for this book Marianne has a warped idea of submission and part of the story veers into something BDSM like relationships, except Marianne did not seem to like it very much, even if she somehow craved it.On the other side, it also explores Connell s anxiety and depression, and how desperately he needs Marianne in his life to make him feel normal and in control, even though he s seeing dating other people It s just messed up.The shifting timelines each chapter jumps a few months, and then hops back a little to cover important missed events was sometimes a little confusing The constant segueing between present tense and past tense feels fluid at times, but awkward at times Maybe I m not a very close reader but with all the jumps, it gives the book a very floating fluid feel, and I sometimes don t really know when it is any.All in all, Normal People is a dark, stark look at relationships and youth in Ireland.I guess the writing is good and all, I just didn t like the subject matter very much.

  4. sue gee sue gee says:

    I feel really sorry for Sally Rooney, there have been so many interviews and plaudits for her and this novel but I am afraid they are unwarranted I can t see why the novel made it on to the Booker Prize long list.It is clearly written by a young person with little life experience and it lacks depth I didn t feel that the characters were real and didn t really care what happened to them.I m sorry to write such a poor review and I m sure that Sally Rooney will develop as a writer and produce some better work.

  5. Customer Customer says:

    Don t know what the fuss is about this book..starts off well but just seemed that the characters kept going around in circlesgot bored with it and wouldn t have bothered finishing it if it wasn t for a book group Mixed views at book group..some loved itnot me

  6. C.Campbell C.Campbell says:

    I loved Rooney s first book a nuanced and complex novel, well drawn characters, painfully real This second book is a real disappointment Flat predictable characters, no surprises, simplistic plot line Didn t hold my interest, couldn t finish it Can hardly believe it s the same author.

  7. Boone Boone says:

    After reading the reviews and the high praise about this author, I was excited to get this book The next great young writer, they said Waste of time The characters are flat, the content there really is no plot is boring and insipid, and the mechanics of her writing are so rote it becomes than an annoyance I absolutely hated this book and hated that it sucked hours of my life reading it I kept hoping it would get better but it just droned on If this is what millennial writers have to offer, I will begin re reading the classics or authors from previous generations who knew how to write Ugh Horrible.

  8. Ameya Ameya says:

    So this is what young white people do and this is how they think and this is how they communicate or fail at communicating and how their relationships are This was the takeaway from what is beautifully written angsty mopey tale of two Howard Roark ish teenagers without his clarity of purpose, but with his intelligence set in Ireland but it is really a microcosm for any First World White Person country.I m not trying to be provocatively snarky here there is a great deal regarding human emotion that is agnostic of culture and society and we do get that here through some beautiful observations and most profound analyses by an extremely talented writer How strange to feel herself so completely under the control of another person, but also how ordinary No one can be independent of other people completely, so why not give up the attempt, she thought, go running in the other direction, depend on people for everything, allow them to depend on you, why not This what question seems to him to contain so much not just the forensic attentiveness to his silences that allows her to ask in the first place, but a desire for total communication, a sense that anything unsaid is an unwelcome interruption between them Not for the first time Marianne thinks cruelty does not only hurt the victim, but the perpetrator also, and maybe deeply and permanently You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget But a lot of this book was quite educational if that s the right word for me about the class struggles, the sublimated impact of Modern Family lite, the unsaid rules, etiquette and expectations of teenage relationships, the pressures manner of fitting in , in another part of the world which despite the influence of Hollywood English language books over three decades still acted as a bit of an eye opener Also the long rambling descriptions of making yourself a cup of tea and drinking sessions in colleges and wandering the supermarket aisles are probably what lets you peak into life in another world Marianne goes inside and comes back out again with another bottle of sparkling wine, and one bottle of red Niall starts unwrapping the wire on the first bottle and Marianne hands Connell a corkscrew Peggy starts clearing people s plates Connell unpeels the foil from the top of a bottle as Jamie leans over and says something to Marianne He sinks the screw into the cork and twists it downwards Peggy takes his plate away and stacks it with the others The kettle comes to the boil Lorraine sweeps the line of hairpins into the palm of her hand, closes her fist around them and pockets them She gets up then, fills the cup of tea, adds milk, and puts the bottle back in the fridge He watches her Unlike a lot of folks who don t seem to have liked the deadpan, present tense using, no quotation marks writing style I quite liked that and thought it wasn t unnecessarily descriptive of the background scenery as many literary novels of which set this book is a part of with a Booker nomination and everything else are wont to be My bigger disconnect was with the inability to connect with the two central characters and understand their IMO pig headed actions and decisions Actually even though after all the insight we have, I don t think I understand their emotions of intense longing, complete depression, ability to switch on and off in relationships which are based on some magical other worldly connections Surely one would expect rational decision making and clearer communication from intelligent human beings and awareness of a world outside their bubble This is alluded to once in the book as well But that was their world then Their feelings were suppressed so carefully in everyday life, forced into smaller and smaller spaces, until seemingly minor events took on insane and frightening significance This line above kind of sums up what this whole book is about Sure stories are always about people but there has to be something plausible, connectable, interesting, less tedious So now, trying to summarise to put my thoughts in order Did I enjoy reading it I guess, yes it is very readable Would I recommend it I think I would even if it s just for the writing style Would I read another book by the author Probably not

  9. switterbug/Betsey Van Horn switterbug/Betsey Van Horn says:

    In CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS, Irish writer Sally Rooney embraces the moniker millennial writer by commanding the consequential riptides of the personal computer age for 20 somethings, yet not depending on it as a crutch or gimmick She s spot on at mixing the clean and the messy, visually appealing characters with their urbane and often insouciant lifestyles, but never misses the humanity and poignancy that gives the story its heart.In her new novel, NORMAL PEOPLE, Rooney is like the anti zeitgeist zeitgeist writer, or the anti hip hip writer I say that because the novel has a classical sensibility third person pov, a love story of the wealthy, self contained girl with the awkward, underprivileged boy, and the recall of manners novels of another era But the author also textures it with a contemporary setting and modern angst The years of post crash Ireland, a wry tone, tacit gender equality that quivers with intimate power shifts.The lovers, Marianne and Connell, start their love story in high school, and are at cross purposes, which is the main suspense and action that provides tension Connell s mother, a warm and loving woman, cleans houses for Marianne s family both are single mothers Marianne s brother is abusive and her mother dismisses her entirely Although Marianne is from the elite family, this is a small town in Sligo Co where her offbeat style is off putting to her peers Connell is a winning athlete and popular, and they begin their on again, off again romance in secretive fashion.Time passes with titles of Five Months Later, Three Months Later, or even a few days later, moving forward from 2011 to 2015, from high school on to college at Trinity Dublin As the narration alternates between the pair, the background story fleshes out The reader is in suspense as each time period begins, not knowing the status changes of their relationship until you are teased into it The novel itself is largely interior, and the raw emotional and psychological energy is the story s propulsive force Yet, Rooney s precise language and stripped down descriptions of place are yet amplified by the physicality of her prose At times he has the sensation that he and Marianne are like figure skaters, improvising their discussions so adeptly and in such perfect synchronization that it surprises them both And the exposed, rough and yet tender description of the electricity between them is ongoing She was attuned to the presence of his body in a microscopic way, as if the ordinary motion of his breathing was powerful enough to make her ill Their relationship is often quiet, even when turbulent, a gale force between the two of them and a mystique to others They confide in almost no one but themselves, even when they are off again A wall separates them, but when they penetrate it, there s a shattering, like glass But don t expect a tidy ending if you read CONVERSATION WITH FRIENDS, you know it isn t Rooney s way She s of a yin yang writer, with an ending that is somewhere in the middle of time and things and life From a young age her life has been abnormal, she knows that But so much is covered over in time now, the way leaves fall and cover a piece of earth, and eventually mingle with the soil Things that happened to her then are buried in the earth of her body.