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    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 

    Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

    In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. 

    But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

    Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

    ©2018 Anna Burns (P)2018 Faber Audio

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    An amazing and unusual novel

    I loved this novel and have never read anything like it. Experimental writing and a deeply engaging main character. Highly recommended. It is also very well read.

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    brilliant

    I had never read anything like this before. I could relate to some elements like gossip and the consequences of that. The author has written an intriguing book with a unique style enhanced here by Bríd Brennan's reading and performance.

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    • Nicole Del Sesto
    • 27/07/2018

    Beyond the Pale

    What a great start to Booker season!  I loved this book.  I thought the writing clever and the story engrossing.  It's an unnamed time and an unnamed place (actually Northern Ireland during the "troubles") with unnamed characters.  

    Through the voice of our narrator ("middle sister" and "maybe girlfriend" and "friend") we explore issues of the time including: politics; feminism; family; individuality, conformity and love.   What it's like to group up in a place where everybody knows you and if you stick out even a little bit, to assume the worst about you.

    There's a psychological  element as well, which added a layer of suspense to the whole story which I thought was done extremely well. 

    I listened to the audio which only added to my enjoyment.  The narrator was perfect and the parts of the writing which would have been outstanding in the reading of them were really enhanced. 

    A top 2018 read for me.   

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    • james
    • 30/09/2018

    4.40 stars......different

    Finally, something a bit different. Anna Burns' manages to do something different in an age when everything has already been done. It's nothing drastic, but Milkman really is a good book. I had my doubts at first, but I hung in there due to one of the best performances I've ever heard. Brid Brennan is a goddess when it comes to narration.

    As I make my way through the Booker longlist, Milkman is my pick as of now. Sadly, I predict many people will give up on it too soon, as not a lot happens immediately. I also enjoyed The Mars Room and Snap. Warlight is my least favorite of the four contenders I've listened to. While I'm not sure if Milkman is the best written story of this bunch, it's the best audiobook. If there's a better one on the list, I'll be glad to hear it.

    Overall rating: 4.40 stars

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    • Jennifer S. Leblanc
    • 20/08/2018

    Exquisitely narrated!

    The narration is so good on this wild story that it makes it worth reading.
    I struggled thru the first half of this book, confused by the circumstances and what seemed like to much character development without enough context development. By the last hour, it all came together beautifully and I loved the story. But I admit that I might not have gotten that far without the brilliant work of the narrator.

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    • Mary Ann Cullinan
    • 14/03/2021

    OUTSTANDING

    I loved reading Anna Burns' brilliant novel when it first came out, but Brid Brennan's outstanding narration here vastly enriched this novel for someone like me ( a 5th generation African person of Irish descent, but obviously now not attuned to Irish manners & etiquette), and so less able to imagine tone, nuance or how dialogue might be delivered.
    Listening to her, I was able to apprehend so much more of what the interpersonal exchanges of the characters implied for the unfolding of the plot. In particular with Brennan's narration, the darker, more moving emotions as well as the razor sharp wit and utterly delightful humour in the dialogue stood out far more, and consequently I came away even more impressed by Anna Burns' writing. Quite wonderful!

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    • M. J. Walsh
    • 26/11/2020

    Stale milk to market

    Set in Northern Ireland in the 1970s when the conflict between republicans and loyalists was out of control and Britain had sent in troops, this book might have been a blast of fresh air 50 years ago.
    Might have been is the point.

    It's a mix of humour and hopelessness, topicality and tension, with vivid language masking an almost total failure to communicate as its characters blunder about in a brooding atmosphere of conflict and damaged dreams.

    Although the writing trys so hard to seem fresh it actually seems so stale and so long ago. It may not have been in the bottom drawer for a long time but it sure feels that way. Working class magic realism meets the troubles, with Brid Brennan's reading as the saving grace.

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    • Tanya
    • 05/01/2020

    Genius

    Compelling right from the beginning. Both writing and narration exemplary, natural and incredibly clever without being obnoxious. Haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time. Anna Burns is masterful.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 24/05/2019

    Extraordinary

    If this were the Oscars, Anna Burns would win for Best Story and Bríd Brennan for Best Performance: Really just extraordinary.

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    • Sarah
    • 08/04/2019

    brilliant

    I loved every minute of this story. brilliant and informative. Intelligent, funny, enlightening and heartbreaking.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 04/03/2019

    Bloody amazing!!

    Such a great book- listen to it now!! Best book I’ve read in such a long time

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    • Theodore
    • 11/02/2019

    Incredible Literary Experience!

    This is my first Audible review even though I am one of the very early users of Audible and have listened to about 100 titles so far. I am making this exception because the combination of an incredible book with an incredible narrator makes the experience of listening to Milkman truly unique and wonderful. For a person not familiar with the Northern Irish accent, listening to Brid Brennan was like listening to a foreign language, only I was delighted to find that I could understand everything (with some imagination). And what a wonderful sense of humor has Anna Burns!! I keep telling people that Ms. Burns is a shining example of the fact that no matter how depressing the story you are telling, humor goes such a very very long way!! Thank you Ms. Burns, thank you Ms. Brennan, and thank you Audible!! Shalom, Teddy Weinberger

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 30/01/2021

    Genial

    Geschichte durch eine Ich-Erzählerin lebendig gemacht! Eine zum Teil drastische Erfahrung, was es heißt in einer Gesellschaft zu leben, die nicht frei ist.