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Ducks, Newburyport

Written by: Lucy Ellmann
Narrated by: Stephanie Ellyne
Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2019.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of happy couples, Weapons of Mass Destruction and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon egg. Is there some trick to surviving survivalists? School shootings? Medical debts? Franks 'n' beans? 

A scorching indictment of America's barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental disaster, Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder - and a revolution in the novel.

©2019 Lucy Ellmann (P)2020 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A masterpiece like no other." (Vogue)

"Full of wit and intelligence...and one of the most intriguing, charming and genuinely funny characters I have come across in recent years." (The Herald)

"In her latest novel, Lucy Ellmann doesn't just carry on as before: she doubles up, doubles down, and absolutely goes for broke. (...) Success? Failure? A triumph." (Guardian

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  • AWK
  • 11-04-20

Tremendous _ the fact that it is so excellentl

I can't write highly enoght about this book and what a brilliant reading! It takes a while (short) to get involved. I could feel empathy with the narrator though I am a man - and all those pies! Yes it is long but so worth while! It is so worth the chance of a purchase to get into a person's head and that is my belief of what fiction is about.

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  • steven eccles
  • 22-03-20

Ducks,Nuwburyport

Truly unique Lucy Ellmann book is a brilliant work of fiction and pushes narrative to the limits. The narration by Stephanie Ellyne is suburb.

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  • Robert Garton
  • 06-05-20

Ideal lockdown listen.

Absolutely brilliant,enjoyed every minute did not want it to end. What a brilliant idea wonderfully created. The narration was perfect,really enjoyed it.

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  • HannahCalabaza
  • 17-04-20

Worth persevering!

Despite the initial shock at the repetitive structure the story unfolds well and is worth persevering with.
Annoying parts in the performance where the narrator mispronounces some words. These do distract.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

If you like a challenge

Supposedly a great work of modern fiction according to the arts intelligentsia, I found it tedious, repetitive and boring. I'm sure the author is saying something profound, I just can't get past the tedious, stream-of-consciousness narrative to work out what it is, or whether I am even interested. Rarely do I give up on books, but this was one of them. This book makes you work hard to penetrate the buzz of the internal monologue of a neurotic housewife to try to find a plot and what it is saying. In the end I decided it wasn't worth the effort. I work hard during the day. I don't want to spend my evening listening to the impenetrable, neurotic ramblings of a character I just couldn't become interested in. If you like your books to be a challenge this could be for you. It could equally be one of publishing's greatest practical jokes.