I didn't notice that it was abridged until the end! I LOVE Margaret Atwood, and I did like the book a lot, but now I have to read/listen all over again with the unabridged version. I can't believe I didn't check that!
Elizabeth McGovern is wonderful.
I DID love this book. Just wish it was the WHOLE book.
The story was well written and thought out. The problem was The narrator would at times skip lines, skip paragraphs, and even pages. The problem is this book is a required reading at my school.
I found this one hard to follow in the beginning. after I got past confusion I became indifferent. it was okay, but not great and somewhat mundane.
when the book picked up (trust me you'll know when)
it was great, and I felt it was an interesting story after all. But as far as in comparison to her other books, I felt this to be predictable and not her best work.
There are some elements that reminded me if Oryx and Crake- Atwood's ability to alter and pronounce perspective such a joy. She leaves some elements of plot unanswered but if you are a fan, this is a great story with a fantastic reader.
No, I only used this credit because I had to read it quickly for school.
It was a good ending, except I had to read it by myself because the audio didn't finish the book.
No, she didn't read the whole book and I was hard to understand some of the sentences.
Disappointment because of the lack of audio in some key moments.
I wish there was a way to get a refund for my credit, because it was not worth the credit that I used. I could have used that for some other book, and would have gotten more that 65% audio, like this book.
Based on a true event in 1843, when a 16 year old Canadian girl is committed to life imprisonment as a murderer. Margaret Atwood's protagionist spends time in an insane asylum and becomes the patient of a young doctor that plans to open a treatment center for the insane. The novel has a surprising ending for psychiatric medicine in the early nineteenth century.
Atwood's ability to both probe the experience of the senses and the psyche makes Alias Grace a great listen. I feel like I'm in the skin of each character. Those who know and love Atwood, like me, may wonder at how she is able to so deftly become each person in her story. The setting seems so accurate and well done, that I can picture the various scenes and can see myself in Toronto at that time.
As reader, Elizabeth McGovern does a terrific job of giving voice to the characters in this audiobook. Not to give the plot away, but McGovern's skill at relating events at the end gave me chills and actually spooked me a bit!
I highly recommend this audiobook.
The intensely rich quality of Atwood's prose and her ability to use the rhythm of language to tell an engaging story.
The climax of the story was fascinating and satisfying.
I hope Aubible continues to make Atwood accessible. I have a new interest in exploring other Canadian authors. I plan on looking for McGovern as a reader for other audiobooks - she is truly delightful to listen to.