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Alias Grace | [Margaret Atwood]

Alias Grace

In the astonishing work by the author of the best sellers The Robber Bride and The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes listeners back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 19th century.
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In the astonishing new work by the author of the best sellers The Robber Bride and The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes listeners back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 19th century. Grace Marks had been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, the wealthy Thomas Kinnear, and of his housekeeper and mistress, Nancy Montgomery. Some believe Grace is innocent others think her evil or insane. After a stint in Toronto's Lunatic Asylum and now serving a life term, Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists seeking a pardon for Grace. He listens to Grace's story, from her family's difficult passage from Ireland to Canada, to her time as a maid in Thomas Kinnear's household. And as he brings Grace closer to the day she cannot remember, he hears of the turbulent relationship between Kinnear and Nancy, and of the alarming behavior of Grace's fellow-servant, James McDermott. Jordan is drawn to Grace, but he is also baffled by her. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend, a bloodthirsty femme fatale, or is she a victim of circumstances?

©1996 O.W. Toad Limited; (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Giller Prize Winner, 1996

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    Michelle USA 04-02-03
    Michelle USA 04-02-03
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    "Incredible!"

    I was looking for a book that would draw me in and keep me on the treadmill long after my 30 minutes were up; and this was it! It's a fascinating story, well written, well presented, and beautifully narrated. My one regret was that I listened to it; it's the type of book I'd normally save for a special full-day reading on the beach. Mental images from the book have stayed with me long after the book was done. And I found myself really captivated by her story and caring about how she was going to come out in the end

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 03-16-04
    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 03-16-04 Member Since 2003
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    "ugh"

    I didn't realized this book was abridged, else I would never have selected it. The story was interesting, but the trouble with abridgements is that I always get the feeling I am missing something. No matter how hard the abridger tries, somewhere during the reading I am left wondering what a certain term referred to and why this first reference sounds like a second reference. Personal preference. Buy this for an interesting story, but you might feel a bit unfulfilled at the end.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Whiting, IN, United States 09-05-03
    Lisa Whiting, IN, United States 09-05-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding!"

    A truly compelling story of a young woman, lust, murder, betrayal, mystery, with a twist and the end that will make you gasp. I find myself gushing, and I don't gush easily.
    This one will grab you and keep you for the entire production! The last audiobook that took my breath away was "The Secret Life of Bees", and this book is every bit its equal. Wonderfully read and lovingly produced. I have become a huge fan of this author.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen East Haddam , CT, USA 05-15-04
    Maureen East Haddam , CT, USA 05-15-04
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    "Spellbinding"

    Margaret Atwood is always great and this book is characteristic of her sensuously detailed style. Complex and ambiguous, but not confusing, "Alias Grace" intrigues until its disappointing, too neat, ending. Where is Atwood's ambiguity when it counts the most? The narrator was fantastic, giving each character a different voice. I was expecialy delighted with her rendition of Grace's subtle Irish brogue. The only other disappointment was that this book is abridged. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-16-13
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Solid story - good listen"

    This is my 2nd selection by Margaret Atwood and so far I really enjoy the flow and style of her writing. This is a straightforward story of a girl imprisoned for murder who just might have been innocent. Great narrator - she does a good job of portraying the innocence of the main character. I enjoyed this book and will be shopping for more titles by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 09-16-05
    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 09-16-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Wow. What a book, what a performance... As a Margaret Atwood fan, I listened to this book even though it was abridged, and was not disappointed: Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Silt, CO, United States 06-11-04
    Fran Silt, CO, United States 06-11-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Alias Grace"

    I think this book and the narration is so good, I'm listening to it again....

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    Yvonne cloquet, MN, USA 09-23-03
    Yvonne cloquet, MN, USA 09-23-03
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    "Alias Grace"

    Very well written and kept the reader wondering what really happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Nashville, TN, USA 10-22-07
    Elaine Nashville, TN, USA 10-22-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed"

    As usual, Atwood is an excellent writer but the story just didn't make it. I hung in there waiting for a glimmer of resolution but got none.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 03-17-07
    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 03-17-07
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    "Typical Atwood"

    I really enjoyed this book and listened to it twice. However, I did feel slightly "cheated" and wished for the unabridged version because I felt I was missing details so I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. If you can get your hands on the unabridged version, I would definitely recommend it. If not, you will still enjoy it.

    The narrator was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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