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The Blind Assassin Audiobook

The Blind Assassin

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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)

What Members Say

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    M Fitz 03-20-16
    M Fitz 03-20-16
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    "Masterful storytelling"

    The storytelling was captivating, the actor captured the tone and attitude of the main character beautifully with all the complexity, mystery, irony and pride of the character, The story itself was compelling, in the telling of an elusive truth remembered, slipping easily in and out of past and present. it is rich in descriptive detail with out becoming bogged down in it. this book ranks among my all time favorites, up there with Tolstoy. There was some trouble in the middle of the audio with a squeaking background noise, however, i contacted the tech people at audible who helped me resolve this. This book is not to be passed up due to a little squeaking. Margaret Atwood can tell an intricate story from a woman's perspective like no other. its worth listening to again, and again.

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    Kevin 03-20-16
    Kevin 03-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Reading until I am ready to write.

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    "Random bird squeaking"

    Annoying periodic bird chirping/squeaking sound throughout. The story and performance is good but that noise is obnoxious.

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    Catherine 03-15-16
    Catherine 03-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard!"
    Would you listen to The Blind Assassin again? Why?

    Yes! The narration was fantastic! I almost returned this because of the hissing, but I am SO HAPPY I didn't. It eventually went away or became part of the ambiance of this beautifully written book. The story was very good, as was the story within the story. One of my favorite audio books!


    Have you listened to any of Margot Dionne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Margot Dionne audio book, but I would definitely listen to her again. She has a very pleasant voice that was perfect for the main character and did a seamless job transitioning between characters. I am torn between purchasing another book by Margaret Atwood or looking for a book narrated by Margot Dionne.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't give up because of the hissing - it will fade away!

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    E. Schaefer 02-23-16
    E. Schaefer 02-23-16

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    "Laborious and Inconsistent Audio"

    Laborious story. Still confused about some connections. Audio quality not consistent. I am now annoyed that I need to add words to meet 20 minimum.

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    Michelle 02-09-16
    Michelle 02-09-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Glad I read it."

    This book is pretty graphic for quite awhile but I am glad I stuck with it.

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    Margaret 01-21-16
    Margaret 01-21-16
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    "not a fan of this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might appeal to people who like dystopia.


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    I was bored by the dystopian story told by one of the characters, which took up too much of the book, about an alternate reality, fantasy about nothing.


    What about Margot Dionne’s performance did you like?

    It was okay, I was put off by the dystopian fantasy.


    What character would you cut from The Blind Assassin?

    All of the dystopian story,


    Any additional comments?

    I was interested in the elderly character reviewing her life at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Lawrence 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    It's is one of my favorite books, the story is captivating, and keeps you interested all the way through, you don't want to stop listening because something new is around the corner. It's a book you don't want to end even if you know the end is coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 12-15-15
    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 12-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Snooze"

    I just couldn't get into this story. I kept asking myself what the point was. Not a fan this time.

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    Patrick S. 03-06-15
    Patrick S. 03-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Rambling!"
    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    This book rambles on without any direction! Boring as a thriller!


    What didn’t you like about Margot Dionne’s performance?

    Margot Dionne's performance was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly confusion and boredom


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dchicago 01-16-15
    dchicago 01-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Deftly plotted and written"

    It seemed long at times and I cannot say I casted so much fire the characters, but it is a rich, detailed and, in the end deft novel. And by the end, I did care, wonder how I had missed all the obvious signs, and admire the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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