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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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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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Can we rate less than 1?

Literally the worst book I have ever listened to. Took me 2 months to get through it. I kept thinking it had to get better because nothing could be that bad. From the horrible, morose, monotone narration to the pointless, self serving, story I literally wanted to puncture my own eardrums. I can't believe anyone could enjoy this. Emma Roberts, who I thought would do a fine job, speaks in one slow monotonous voice through the entire book. I think the author meant to keep you guessing but I figured out the story in the first couple of hours and only hung in there with the hopes of being proven wrong...I wasn't. I never wanted a central character to get killed off as much as I did Joan...spoiler alert... she doesn't! Don't waste a minute on this book. Too many good ones out there.

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Not for me

Too raw; foreboding and graphically sad. Well written but too depressing for my taste. I can’t in good conscience recommend.

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Edgy Must Read for Men and Women

It’s been a while since a book impacted me the way Animal did. I was somewhat prepared for Taddeo’s rawness from her first book, Three Women, but it’s hard to be fully ready for Joan and the depth of her honesty. I think it’s critical for men, myself included, to realize the impact that our objectifying behavior, comments, and thoughts have on women. These violations are big and small. It was a punch in the gut at times, but a needed one. Bottom line, Animal is an exceptionally well written, fast paced, and brilliantly narrated audio book. Trauma and pain make humans capable of anything and Animal thoroughly punctuates this. I highly recommend both of Taddeo’s books and can’t wait for her third!

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Not for the faint of heart. I think I need some anti depression medicine.

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Couldn’t get through it

This was one long boring narrative read in a flat monotone manner. I couldn’t do it, I tried.