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The Blind Assassin Audiobook

The Blind Assassin

With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.
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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2000

For the past 25 years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishment as never before, creating a novel that is both entertaining and profoundly serious.

The novel opens with these simple resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as you expect to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When you return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist.

Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, you will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be - but is, in fact, much more.

Cover Photograph: Courtesy of © The Advertising Archive, London; ©2000 by O.W. Toad, Ltd.; (P)Random House, Inc. Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Fiction, 2001

"Listeners will find themselves piecing together the clues, guessing at truths, but the rewards are to be found in the layering of details and the skill of the storytelling." (AudioFile)

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    Richard 01-07-05
    Richard 01-07-05

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "A very fine book"

    A very fine book: prose, reader, plot. Keeps you thinking and guessing ahead. Wrapped in all the sadness, you stay hooked in thinking about how life moves ahead one way or another.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lioness 08-28-04
    Lioness 08-28-04 Listener Since 2003

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    "I'd give this book 6 stars if I could"

    This was my first Audible book and I highly recommend it. The story has everything; intrigue, romance, history, humor, and sadness. The plot twists and turns; I couldn't put it down. Margaret Atwood has outdone herself -- again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valdis 03-27-04
    Valdis 03-27-04 Member Since 2014
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    "It Grabs You And Doesn't Let You Get Away"

    This is the first Margret Atwood book I have read. I'll give you the bottom line first. It was a good to great book, but it took me a while to realize it.

    The book starts out in a somewhat confusing fashion, but with time, events, places, characters and sub-plots sort themselves out and I was left wondering and anticipating what is going to happen next. The reader's voice is a little off-putting at the beginning and it takes a while to get used to it. By the middle of the book her voice fits the times and the story quite well.

    Although by the middle of the book it was hard to put down, I must say that within the first quarter of the book I was tempted to erase the file and admit that I had wasted my money. I am now glad that I didn't because I would have missed out on an interesting and well written story.

    I am now intrigued enough to try some of Atwood's other novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-30-03
    Liz Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-30-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Just didn't make the grade"

    I typically enjoy Atwood. However, this was too distracting. I literally had to work my way through this book. While Alias Grace started slow (Unabridged), it gained momentum and you eventually became involved. I never reached that point with this book. I do have high hopes for the new Sci Fi though.

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    Ashley New York, NY, USA 11-13-06
    Ashley New York, NY, USA 11-13-06
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    "I can't even judge the text on its own merit..."

    ... Because the narration was simply unbearable.

    Margaret Atwood is a favorite of mine, and I think her genius is such that it would be quite difficult to eclipse or distill it by narration. Unfortunately the narrator succeeded in that, and not in a good way. In short I could not listen to this insufferable reading.

    Two stars only because I cannot in good conscience give the venerable Atwood a one-star review.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 12-22-15
    Tiffany 12-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it just as much as I love all her books"

    Sad to have it end, it has been my companion for the last few weeks

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    Jeane Monterey, California 05-26-15
    Jeane Monterey, California 05-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "This Seriously Needs to be Re-Recorded Already!"

    You can tell that this book was originally a cassette tape. Could really use a new recording with a new narrator.

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    Elizabeth Klett Houston, TX USA 05-14-15
    Elizabeth Klett Houston, TX USA 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant book; terrible sound"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Margot Dionne?

    Margot Dionne was fine as a narrator, but the sound on this audiobook is absolutely terrible. I couldn't listen after the first chapter. This either needs to be remastered or completely re-recorded.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant book by one of my absolute favorite authors - and it deserves a quality audiobook version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 04-10-15
    Alicia 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favorite Book!"

    I loved this story, this has been my favorite book, and I now have it in all possible formats! However, the audio quality is pretty horrid. Tha narrator is fine, but the sound mixing is rough. I was able to get through, but the story is all that saves it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah South Carolina 10-16-14
    Sarah South Carolina 10-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible sound quality"
    How could the performance have been better?

    This recording sounds like someone made a bootleg copy off of the radio.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this book. Pick up the paper back from your library or a used bookstore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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