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Made for Love

A Novel
Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love - and how far some will go to escape it.

Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane - his extremely lifelike sex doll - as her roommates. Life with Hazel's father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She's just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life.

For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demanded to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human "mind-meld", Hazel decided what was once merely irritating had become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she's been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron's virtual clutches once and for all.

Perceptive and compulsively listenable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation on marriage, monogamy, and family.

©2017 Alissa Nutting (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Hilarious!

This book is amazing in so many ways. Hoping it's made into a twisted, quirky, dark movie.

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fantastic!

far and above the book has been my favorite audio book purchase. tempted to start all over again and catch what I may have missed!

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Weird, some unnecessary things, but well written

Heres the thing, as if you're waiting on me to tell you the thing, but, with this book, it was out of my comfort zone for sure. It was about things I wouldnt see myself choosing to read, but it was so well written that I really couldn't put it down. The 2 separate worlds were not my favorite, and their merging was not my favorite either, but Hazel's story was, well, really great. I see her as super relatable, I see my very own step daughter and a lot of young people nowadays in Hazel. in a time where we really focus on not making anyone feel left out, or bullied or better than anyone else, I see it as having everyone feel the same. No one is particular or special anymore. I feel like Hazel feels this way. I'm probably off base and not focusing on the correct thing about the story though. I did feel like the end was either forced or thought out first and just incorporated into the book to have a weird but eventually tied together feel, but I didn't organically feel it. The end left me feeling flat. I used the word feel a lot. Funny.

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  • Tadd Mecham
  • 63 W Shelley Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
  • 02-05-19

Disappointing

After Tampa I’d been looking forward to reading Alissa Nutting again. It was dark and gross and clever. Celeste was a terrifying character because of her cold observations and complete disconnect from typical thinking.

Unfortunately, this same cold way of storytelling has made it’s way into every facet of Made For Love and it does not work well. While the writing is obviously skilled, it quickly becomes apparent that the dialog and thoughts of an average character, and not a sociopath, do not translate well in this style. Hazel, and nearly every character within, have little to no personality. They all come off as flat, every person talking in the same, odd, thesaurus gripping manner (even children).

If you can somehow make it past this quirk, then comes the plot. There is barely any here. The subject matter could have been explored much deeper, our relationship with technology and our desire to not be alone, and some sort of meaning could have been found in each character. Instead, it is a basic point A to point B plot with an awkward side story about the dolphin savior, and pointless digressions that seem to trail on forever.

All in all, it’s not very good. And this book will make me think twice about reading Alissa Nutting in the future.

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Don't waste your money

I only made it to chapter 3 before I had to give up on this book. The characters and storyline are derivative of Janet evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Fifty Shades of Grey,and attempt at sci-fi . the narrator sounds as though she has voiced either Siri or Alexa. She just drones with no inflection. if I could give half a star rating for this book I would have done it.

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Suzanne Elise Freeman is too monotonous and dry

I think it was a really interesting story but the narrator made it deathly boring

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Love is hopeless

I struggle to finish it, not enjoyable to read. I was annoyed by the main character and the issues she had.


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Creepy.....and not in a good way!

What disappointed you about Made for Love?

Sex with mannequins, inter species mating ! come on. I bought the book based on NY Times recommendation....hard to finish the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alissa Nutting again?

NEVER AGAIN

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Elise Freeman?

Yes...I just found the whole book as annoying (including the narrator)

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Plot had a good premise but never got fully explored....a lot to be desired

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