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Eileen Audiobook

Eileen

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Publisher's Summary

A lonely young woman working in a boys' prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fiction.

So here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know me. I was 24 years old then, and had a job that paid 57 dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now as what it really was for all intents and purposes - a prison for boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place feels appropriate. In a week, I would run away from home and never go back. This is the story of how I disappeared.

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father's messes.

When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.

©2015 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    Robin Cohen 01-16-16
    Robin Cohen 01-16-16
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    "dark, funny and sad"
    Would you listen to Eileen again? Why?

    if I listened to books over again, I would listen to Eileen again... there is so much depth in her perspective that I think I might gain more insight into her. I really enjoy how she was able to look at her life and the world with such a sharp and jaded eye


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Eileen... she had such a sardonic outlook, such a deadpan approach to her sad circumstances, that I fell in love with her humor and intelligence


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Alyssa's performance really made Eileen... she really seemed to be able to express her darkness so well.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Markwardt Milwaukee, WI 08-31-15
    G. Markwardt Milwaukee, WI 08-31-15 Member Since 2016

    Horror/Fantasy Reader

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    "Not For Me, Characterization Over Plot"
    Any additional comments?

    If I had been reading this instead of using Audible I doubt I would have finished it. Eileen is fantastically written and there is some very deep characterization but there in lies the problem it is all characterization and no plot. Eileen whines, drinks, shits, and describes her period for 80% of the novel before we finally find out were the story is headed. A lot of people will say that there are no likable characters and that is also true though they are very developed. Maybe it's just not my type of novel I was hoping for a good mystery instead I got a very introspective life story of a girl whose only mystery is how she didn't shoot herself. (Not A Spoiler)

    The Audible presentation was quite good though and will try Bresnahan's work in the future.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen C 07-31-16
    Carmen C 07-31-16

    I'm addicted to audiobooks, particularly thrillers and erotic reads. I'd love for you to follow my reviews!

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    "Weird and Meandering"

    I saw this book on a list of 9 great winter thrillers last year and added it to my library. I'm not sure it's really a thriller, and I'm not sure how it made that list. I knew it was going to be a character driven story, and it did entertain me to some degree, but I expected it to have a plot. By the time we got to any sort of action, what you got wasn't really enough to make the rest of it worthwhile. The action should have come earlier, and there was really no payoff for the reader at the end. Not sure I would recommend this one, but I can see how some people might enjoy it.

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    Gary 06-25-16
    Gary 06-25-16 Member Since 2001
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    "I'm no better than I should be."

    And neither are you.

    But as Eileen will show you, that condition does not prevent the rising to love, just as no given moral code can ensure the practice of justice or right.

    You will see yourself many times over in this story, just as I did.

    I loved Eileen. Hats off to Ms. Bresnahan for giving us her clear, true voice.

    Jay deLancie-Thomas

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Piazza 02-18-16
    L. Piazza 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Ended full circle"

    One of the most interesting and at the same time strangest story I've ever read. The performance was a perfect match--not sure I would've enjoyed this book as much had I read it myself (instead off listening to it). The character has a very strong personality and the narrator did an excellent job at portraying this in a tone that was relatable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-16
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    "Horrible, Boring Story"

    The narrator did a great job, but I can't find one nice thing to say about this boring, disturbing book.

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    Lynn Ridley 12-16-15
    Lynn Ridley 12-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Worst"

    I was so disappointed and surprised because there have been good reviews written about this novel. I thought the story was ludicrous and the characters were unbelievable and uninteresting. It was really, really boring. Unfortunately we can't give a zero star rating.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-09-15
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-09-15 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "EWHAT A TERRIBLE BOOK. NEVER REALLY GOT MOVING."
    What would have made Eileen better?

    NOT WASTING 3/4TH OF THE BOOK ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. WEAK PLOT TO SAY THE LEAST.


    What was most disappointing about Ottessa Moshfegh’s story?

    THE BOOK WAS DONE POORLY. COULDN'T THE AUTHOR END THE BOOK IN A WAY THAT YOU KNOW WHAT AND HOW THE CHARACTERS TURNED OUT?


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    SHE WAS OK


    What character would you cut from Eileen?

    I WOULD CUT OUT MOST OF THE CHARACTER DETAIL ABOUT EILEEN. GET SOME ACTION IN THERE! DULL. BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    I WILL GET MY CREDIT BACK ON THIS BOOK! TERRIBLE DO NOT BUY IT UNLESS YOU LIKE DETAILED CHARACTER STUDIES WITH WEAK PLOTS.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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