• A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

  • By: Eimear McBride
  • Narrated by: Eimear McBride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2014
Winner of The Desmond Elliot Prize 2014
Winner of the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize 2013
Winner of the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014
Shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize 2014
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing is an unforgettable novel from a major new literary talent. Eimear McBride's award-winning debut novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings, and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist.
The author's spellbinding reading illuminates every nuance of the text with feeling and sympathy. The listener enters the narrator's head, experiencing her world at first hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
©2013 Eimear McBride (P)2014 Faber Audio
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Critic Reviews

"You only need to read the first paragraph of McBride's debut novel to know you are reading something special. She builds up images impressionistically over paragraphs and pages, and her writing has such glorious cadence that it should be read aloud." ( The Times)
"A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed." (Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries)
"Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius... The adventurous reader will find that they have a real book on their hands, a live one, a book that is not like any other... [it] is an instant classic." (Anne Enright, Guardian)
"A writer of remarkable power and originality." (David Collard, Times Literary Supplement)
"A brutal and brilliant debut... This book will arouse powerful emotions in anyone who accords it the respect of reading with attention." (John P. O'Sullivan, Sunday Times Ireland)
"A remarkable achievement." (John Boland, Irish Independent)
"There's an immediacy, an emotional directness as the narrator rails against a frustrating, unfeeling world. Brave, bold, brilliant." ( Daily Mail)
"Ten pages in and all the bells start ringing. It explodes into your chest." (Caitlin Moran)
"Soul-wrenchingly sad." ( Financial Times)
"McBride weaves something dazzling... She set out to pick up the experimental modernist baton from James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and she has done just that." ( Observer)
"It truly is one of the most extraordinary things I've read in the last year." ( Harper’s Bazaar)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 03-17-16

authentic work.

trust me it's worth the listen. my advice is to set a side some time to listen as it's Irish author and performance are brilliant. it takes a moment to get into the sway. but there is the deep and loving sad story of this young girl.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J E Olearski on 02-12-16

Extraordinary reading - not for the faint-hearted

Where does A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of the reading, this is one of the best I've heard.

Would you be willing to try another book from Eimear McBride? Why or why not?

On the basis of the excellence of the reading, I'd try another. However, the content of this one requires a strong stomach and some persistence. This is not light-weight material.

What does Eimear McBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An amazingly fluent and rhythmic reading that gains momentum and emotion as it nears the end.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It should be listened to in one reading, but it is a grim story which is horrifying as much as it is beautiful and moving.

Any additional comments?

I didn't think I would like this, but it is difficult not to acknowledge how difficult this book must have been to write. While I did not like the story, I cannot help but admire the skill with which it is written as well as the way it is delivered in this very unique reading by the author herself.

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