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  • We Are Not Ourselves

  • By: Matthew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 982

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

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  • Beyond Depressing

  • By Emily Yolkut on 01-12-15

A very enjoyable book.

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Reviewed: 09-14-14

What made the experience of listening to We Are Not Ourselves the most enjoyable?

The wonderful writing.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's writing, The language the writer used to weave the story was unbelievably beautiful and touching. Even the most mundane activity was described in a fascinating way.

Have you listened to any of Mare Winningham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but her melodic performance brought out the writing in a beautiful way.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Our story will help you find who we should be, just as it did for us.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read another book by Matthew Thomas.

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