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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, read by Kristen Sieh.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021.

This is a story about a life lived in two halves.

It’s about what happens when real life collides with the increasing absurdity of a world accessed through a screen.

It’s about where we go when existential threats loom and the high stakes of reality that claim us back.

It’s about living in world that contains both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time.

©2021 Patricia Lockwood (P)2021 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"I really admire and love this book. Patricia Lockwood is a completely singular talent and this is her best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet." (Sally Rooney)

"A furiously original novel, alive and unstable." (Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror)

"A formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases." (New York Times Book Review)

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A tough listen

The first half is a 2 hour slog that feels like 2 days. It almost feels like it's written in the context of someone's twitter stream. It is disjointed and un-amusing. But in hindsight i think that's what it's supposed to be – a reflection on the vacuousness that is social media. Overall, the book delivered it's message quickly but caused me a lot of frustration and annoyance along the way... and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I'm not a twitterer.

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Incredible

So funny and sharp, and then so beautiful. This book blew me away. The narrator was excellent too.

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Something New Under the Sun

I was blown away by this book. It is so original, beautifully written and in the first part of the book, incredibly funny. It's often like stand-up, observational comedy that moves from one observation or idea to the next. It shifts from the profane to the sacred in a heartbeat- particularly in part two which is heartbreakingly beautiful. definitely the best book of 2021 for me!

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Not worth the effort.

Talk about the Emporer's New Clothes. What a stream of consciousness seweragefest. Tedious, dull, grinding. I get it. I get the gist of what the raving was all about. But as it is delivered as this confused, churned up mouli- mashed baby pap crap, it just doesn't make for a great read. It's simply a concept that the intelligentsia loved I think. I am certain many didn't even read it. To be fair, I didn't bother going past chapter 7. It just wasn't worth the effort.

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Different

If you are looking for a different style of book, then this is for you. Although it does require some patience.
As others have mentioned before, it is rather disjointed and I think that it would work better in physical form (not audio). It was hard to understand where one thought started and another began because we couldn't see the formatting.
But it was an interesting story and important for our times.
Essentially it is about the shallowness of the internet and the importance of what is in front of you.

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Way too fragmented

This book is basically in two parts and could be two different books; one a treatise of the superficiality of social media and one a dive into heartbreaking reality. And neither works.

I feel as though the author is trying too hard to impress us with snippets of profound/clever/humourous writing. It's less a novel and more a very scattered stream of consciousness.. some silly, some hilarious, some wise, some really irritating. But it doesn't flow at all, nor does it segue in a meaningful way between the two parts. I had to force myself to finish it, and that's not a great advertisement for any book.

I get it.. it's a superficial world and we forget about what is meaningful until we are forced into facing deeply challenging situations. But there are far more engaging ways to say it.

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Trying to be a bit too meta

Maybe it’s because I work in tech but I found this all a bit much. Harper on the same point about social media in a lot of different ways. Part 2 was very powerful though - more of that would have been better.

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doesn't translate well to audio

the text is written as a series of tweets, the story is great but in audio form it's staccato and bitsy - this is a book that's better read

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This Goes So Hard

I was going to do a whole review in that ironic style, but then the book read me and left me to a post post post ironic existence that I couldn't myopically exist within

but to get silly for a moment, haven't binged a book like I binged this one since The Secret History. this book exists right now, and I know I'll read it again in a decade to remember this time.

Charming, witty, talking about the experience of living inside the internet better than any other book I've read, and startlingly effective in its mission, even if to call it a mission might be uncomfortable when the mission is simply "just be here now please"

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  • 13-09-2021

Worst book ever

This is possibly the worst book I have ever started reading.

The author seems to be on drugs.

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  • Catherine Patricia Connolly
  • 01-03-2021

Stunning & profound

One of the most thought-provoking and beautiful books I’ve ‘read’ in a long time, with a stunning performance by Kristen Sieh

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  • Aisling
  • 18-05-2021

Fantastic

I absorbed this audiobook in 24 hours, it's surprising, emotional and wonderfully written and recorded. Definitely recommend choosing this book, you won't regret it.

Now I'm off to get a hard copy so I can experience it all over again!

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  • Abigail Taubin
  • 05-04-2021

Writing. Reading. Everything

This is very very very well read. And written. I’m going to listen again. Now

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  • Ms Jade Marion Rita Slevin
  • 12-10-2021

Jumbled

I really struggled with this one. I don’t feel at all engaged in the story as it seems to jump from one thing to another.

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  • TJR
  • 02-10-2021

Exhausting

I’ve listened to to half an hour and I’m worn out by the gymnastics of random associations with dirty words peppered through, ‘just to be funny’. I’m giving up.

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  • Anton Kruger
  • 15-09-2021

The (very much shorter) Ulysses of our time

I remember reading James Joyce’s “Ulysses” at university and being utterly baffled by the cacophony of references - snatches of popular songs, references to current affairs, advertising slogans etc. - and being told by the lecturer that if we’d read it in 1922, we would have “got it”. Now, in 2021, reading “No One is Talking About This” I think I know what they meant. I come from the same generation as Lockwood and recognize many of the allusions and references embedded in the stream of this novel’s consciousness. It is immensely satisfying. And the second part is as beautiful and heartbreaking as the first part is dazzling.

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  • A. Shea
  • 20-06-2021

Sublime writing

Beautiful, gripping, and enormously moving - read with a perfect accuracy of tone and pace. A precise and wry description of living Very Online blossoms into the story of a life fully experienced. This audio book is a work of art, and I absolutely loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-06-2021

A lyrical book about love, life and the portal

This book looks at our relationship with the Internet and where it might lead. Then how one moment can change everything and this can teach us to appreciate every minute in the physical world as well.

A beautifully written poetic novel. Perfect for these pandemic times to remind us as we emerge blinking in the sunlight to appreciate real relationships as well as virtual ones.

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  • lobo63
  • 02-10-2021

Bizarre

Decided to give this a chance but it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. As others have said, the second half was a more comprehensible narrative. If only the first half hadn’t been so repulsive at times. Prize material?

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  • Karina Souleimanova
  • 23-09-2021

pile of nonsense

Disappointing experience
I really tried to like this book, but i couldn’t make any sense of the story
2h in listening, i finally gave up

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