The Pisces

A Novel
Narrated by: Melissa Broder
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)

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Long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction

"Bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic - there is nothing like The Pisces. I have no idea how Broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it." (Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter)

Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety - not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection.

Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, The Pisces is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.

©2018 Melissa Broder (P)2018 Random House Audio
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What just happened?

I wasn’t sure whether to give this book five stars or zero. I confess that I literally listened to it in its entirety in 2 days. It is so unusual and deep and messed up that it was kind of like watching a car accident or other tragedy with morbid curiosity. In the same way I’m not sure if her insanity fascinated me or if that made me insane to be fascinated by it, especially because, being a veterinarian, I totally knew what would be the outcome of the book in relation to her dog, and still was remained riveted until I finished the book. I also see some parallels between this book and my own mid life crisis, although I fancy myself as approaching it from a more sane and rational point of view. It’s very interesting and thought provoking..... or annoying ... you be the judge.

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Not Good Enough

There are parts of this book, parts of the story, that deserve better and have charm. The reader (the author I believe?) is just not a good reader - if it is the author I'm shocked because even mediocre readers tend to read their own work better than this. It brings out the faults in the book which for me tend toward lazy language and a tendency toward being facile. There's plot laziness too - things that don't really make sense that don't impact hugely but man, after awhile that lack of attention to detail annoys. (The heroine has nothing to do all day and night, but tend a dog and when she goes on three dates over a long period of time the dog is suddenly sick from neglect. She brings a wagon on a beach and somehow gets it to roll on sand...) For me all this ultimately destroys what might be an enjoyable and clever plot. Maybe just me, but meh.

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Don't engage

Miserable writing--this book has so many flaws it's not worth analyzing. If I hadn't felt the need to finish it for a book club, I wouldn't have, and Jill has since been banned from picking any future readings. Just don't read/listen to it.

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Hire a voice actor

I can’t tell if anything in this book was redeemable because it was so poorly read. Returning immediately.

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WORST PERFORMANCE BY THE AUTHOR READING IT

I think the author did a GIANT disservice to herself by thinking that she could act. The reading of a book needs a great actor to bring the characters to life. I couldn't bear listening to this and I love listening to books.

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Dull

I was so bored listening to whining. The Narrator was perfect for rather dull characters. I didn't care about Lucy or Theo.

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Romantic diversity

I admit it.i bought this book because I thought it might be explicit and humorous. I was a bit let down on both parts. It had its funny moments, but I really got a healing vibe. The poor females in this story were so unhealthy in their relationships. And that was so realistic. They touched my heart. I bet every woman out there could listen to this book and see herself in one of these characters and possibly a few of her friends as well. So although I enjoyed being an audio voyeur ( an that happen?) with the merman relationship, I got more satisfaction from listening to these women heal.

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If an animal lover, beware!<br />

I did get tired of the things Lucy did but understand now that I haven't been a love addict. And then when an animal suffered as a result of a humans issues, I was turned off to the whole premise. Reality probably but that made it hurt my nature.

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Fantastic and unique

I absolutely loved this book. It was written in a way that felt like I was talking to my girlfriends but also contained a deep level of thought- provoking themes throughout. The story was unlike anything I've read before and I wish it had been longer. I'm looking forward to seeing what else this author creates in the future.

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Wasted time I’ll never get back

The author narrated this story and turns a mediocre story into something that i could barely get through.
It’s 50 shades of fish with slightly better prose, which, is not hard to do...