Normal People by Sally Rooney (Mini Audiobook Review)

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal PeopleFormat: Audiobook

Source: RB Digital App

Publisher: W F HOWES

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

Narrator: Aoife McMahon

Length: 7 hours 36minutes

Publication Date: 6th September 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.”


My Thoughts & Review

So, this is another book that I was really looking forward to reading. I should have known it was too good to be true that I would end up liking this one especially as it was really hyped up and also because it was Man booker prize long list nominee. I’ve always struggled with most of the books that have been nominated for the Man booker prize so I really should have known this one would have the same fate as the others.

I originally started the paperback version of this book that I picked up from my local library, but I couldn’t get into it so thought I would the audiobook a try. I did finally get to the end of the audiobook but I just couldn’t connect with in anything in this book.

For me the plot and writing felt flat. It didn’t keep me engaged and I basically found it to be quite boring. I listened to the book while doing some tasks and if I’m honest I lost interest in and I ended up not paying much attention to it. The only reason I didn’t DNF it was because it was such a short audiobook.

Sadly, this book wasn’t for me and I’m going to put this disappointing read down to personal reading preferences. However, based on this I wouldn’t personally recommend it to my family or friends.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

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  1. I felt the same way about Rooney’s debut–actually I pretty much hated a lot of it and the writing style really bothered me. So I was super surprised that I ended up loving this one and that it’s stuck with me for so long. Definitely see where you’re coming from though! I think you either really love or dislike Rooney’s books 😂

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    • I keep getting recommendations to read her other books everytime I log into my library database. I might give her other books ago one day, when I i don’t have anything else to read, which won’t be anytime soon 🤣😉. Totally agree with you either really lover her books or you don’t 😊


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