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The Discomfort of Evening

Narrated by: Genevieve Gaunt
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
3.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Winner of the International Booker Prize 2020

I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother, Matthies, instead of my rabbit. 'Amen.'

Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of 'blush words' that aren't in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies - unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

A best-selling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison's translation.

©2018, 2020 Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translated by Michele Hutchison (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Dull and disturbing

I’m sure it’s a story worth telling but for me not worth reading. Sad yet dull. Disturbing yet boring.

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don't read

This book is so unnecessary. Don't know how it won the international booker prize a

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  • Ninell
  • 10-10-2020

Not easy to forget. Like a kick in the stomach.

Well written. Reminds us how crude and banal human beings can be. And still feel and get sad and frightened. I will ponder this for a long time to come.

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  • EssieE
  • 04-09-2020

Funny and Uncomfortable

Narrated through the innocent voice of 10 year old Jos, "The Discomfort of Evening" by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld set on a Dutch farm, explore how a girl and her parents in a very religious community deals with the death of her younger brother on a skiing accident, life on a farm, poverty, poor digestion, and the pleasures of an awakening sexuality. The audiobook is both funny and uncomfortable. A very unusual story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2020

Wonderfully written and narrated

Wonderfully written and narrated by Genevieve Gaunt, extremely glad to see it on the Booker shortlist.

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  • emma gregory
  • 23-08-2020

Beautifully Narrated

Brilliant story, beautifully narrated. I love the tone that the narrator has in her voice, it really brings it all to life!

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  • joanna hardiman
  • 05-10-2020

beautiful and heartbreaking

absolutely beautiful,heartbrealing and gut wrenching.the writing is exquisite. The ending actually took my breath away.

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  • Yoshay
  • 01-10-2020

A Masterpiece

Frighteningly brilliant. A peek into life, death and many other things through the eyes of a ten year old girl. It's a must read but not for the faint hearted

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  • Ellen
  • 21-09-2020

Good but draining

It is a good book, beautifully narrated, but I am still glad it is over. I did manage to finish it, and I will never forget it, but there were days that I just couldn’t face it. Very sad, quirky, no real moments of joy. Beauty in the language, not in the story or scenery. I just feel absolutely drained. Maybe I am unfair not giving it five stars. It was never going to be a joyride, and it shouldn’t be. Maybe the author has succeeded when I nearly feel as down as the protagonist. I guess it is for every curious reader to find out. Will I read/listen to their next book? Probably.

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  • A.J.F
  • 19-09-2020

Incest alert!

There's no denying the brilliant writing in this novel and the presentation of symbolism using effective and simplistic imagery. Yes it's depressing like everyone says- but it manages to express the inexpressible masterfully. However, the abundance of child related sexual activity and incest is more than a little wearingz- it got so abundant that I almost gave up on the book- take alot of breaks or it'll make you queasy! The abuse and slaughter of the animals is also harrowing- so I don't think I can honestly say I enjoyed this book, but I did appreciate it's writing. The reader does a fantastic job aswell. If you embark on this keep yourself distanced from the subject matter- it really is deeply disturbing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2020

A brilliant listen!

This shocking, humorous and absorbing read is brought wonderfully to life by Genevive Gaunt. The quirky characters and original world of the narrator are sensitively portrayed. A beautiful, if heart-wrenching listen.

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  • Kerry Ann Summers
  • 05-09-2020

Worthy winner of the International Booker Prize

Yes it is bleak and heartwrenchingly sad, but so beautifully and innocently written. Some books are instantly forgotten, some linger a while, but this one will stay with me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2020

Gripping read. Understated horror of family life.

Great combination of vivid storytelling. Beautifully narrated by Genevieve Gaunt. Not surprised it is on Booker short list.