• Animal

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Taddeo
  • Narrated by: Emma Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (499 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Lisa Taddeo, author of the number one New York Times best seller and global phenomenon Three Women, comes an “intoxicating” (Entertainment Weekly), “fearless” (Los Angeles Times), and “explosive” (People) novel about “what happens when women are pushed beyond the brink, and what comes after the reckoning” (Esquire).

Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child - that has haunted her every waking moment - while forging the power to finally strike back.

Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society.

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Should come with a lot of trigger warnings

I’m not usually opposed to dark or upsetting books and I really wanted to like this book but by the end I felt that the author was just trying to shove as many grim things into one book as possible for shock value. If you have triggers they probably need a warning here.

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Absolute Must Read

Gripping, relatable in the deepest of ways, in the sense that darkly, there is an animal in each of us. Specially in women, which is generally overlooked, due to gender roles. The foreshadowing and imagery are other worldly. Lisa Taddeo strikes again with my favorite book of the year. Becoming, perhaps, my favorite writer of all time.

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terrible

did not like this book at all..couldn't finish hardly any of it and just had to turn it off.

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no tonal dynamics

Lisa taddeo can construct a beautiful sentence, it's just that the voice of the narrator, meaning the main character, not Emma Roberts, is flat. boring. doesn't ring true.

She has a conversation with a 70 year old or something a man thing a man with a form of dementia may be sundowners and and he tells a story story as if he is the narrator as if she is speaking for him, putting the words in his mouth. A 70 year old man doesn't speak like a 30 something woman. They use different words different sentences different expressions.

And this might seem a little picky but every time the narrator used the word untoward it just push me over the edge because this is not a word that is said out loud said out loud as much as it was in this book and I believe it proved my point is writing that that doesn't feel forced And this book felt forced the whole thing.

I loved Three Women. I thought it was brilliant. This just didn't do it for me. I felt like the writer was trying to shock me, as if she was trying to say "Hey look at me. I'm this really good writer and I'm gonna shock the F out of you and here goes".

And for me the whole novel was flat. Emma Roberts' reading of the novel was very monotone and I attribute that to the writing, the lack of tonal dynamics, the "one-noteness" of the narrative, not the reading of the book.

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Fierce. Passionate. Disturbed.

Emma Roberts’ reading of this book made it irresistible. Told in the first person, Animal is the interior monologue and observations of a damaged and damaging woman. Although some readers found it hard to follow for the time jumps between past and present, as a device it worked to illuminate the story, which is a sexy one. Will definitely choose the next book by this author and look out for more by the narrator.

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Amazing and Terrifying

I loved this book. I never write reviews but for this one I had to. It was delicious and disturbing and transported me to every scene, smell and feeling. Emma Roberts was fantastic at the narration. I will forever remember the Pocono house.

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One of the most sublime stories I’ve ever listened to or read

I cried it was so beautiful and painful like nothing I’ve ever felt from a book but when the book ended I felt like someone dear to me had died. And I already miss her.

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The chapter outline in audible didn’t match the chapters in actual audio content. This has happened with other audible purchases. It didn’t stop me from finishing but can get confusing. Just a note.

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Emma Roberts is Iconic

My friend recommended me this book and it was sooooooo good Emma Roberts is so iconic, so slay, she literally ate this up and left no crumbs 🤭

This book will fuel and unleash your female rage !!

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Real

This book is probably one of my favorite. Ever. but it’s not going to be for everyone. It’s real and raw and stunningly beautiful.