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The Robber Bride | [Margaret Atwood]

The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends.
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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends: Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them.

To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is "a lurking enemy commando". To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is "a cold and treacherous bitch". To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice, and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe "soulless" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Moving amid these three women, touching up their portraits with one perfect detail after another, conjuring Zenia from their memories and tears, Atwood is in her glory. What a treasure she is, and what a fine new book she has written" (Newsweek)

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    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 05-21-13
    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating Story with Great Narration"

    Margaret Atwood is my favorite author, and I was not disappointed with this book. I found the story interesting and unique, with great character development. I loved the voice and style of the narrator--she was perfect for the voices of all three main characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-16-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-16-12

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "BORED with her own novel?"

    It started off strong but ended with a well-written whimper. The prose was strong, the characters were interesting, but in the end it just seemed a little too predictable a tad too structured. By the concluding sentence, it almost felt as if Atwood was bored with her own novel.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    PaddyC 06-22-12
    PaddyC 06-22-12
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    "if you Like Margaret Atwood, this is a must listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great story and fascinating characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Xenia, who was mysterious and impacted the lives of all in this story


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    convincing depiction of different characters


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjee Washington DC 03-30-12
    Marjee Washington DC 03-30-12 Member Since 2012

    An introverted excavator.

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    "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Robber Bride the most enjoyable?

    I went outside of my comfort zone with this book. It was turned into a Lifetime movie, definitely not my thing. But it was so much fun! I really cared about the characters and could not wait to hear more as their individual mysteries unraveled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three protagonists were wonderful in their own way.


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

    I have not heard Ms. Dunne read before, but I really enjoyed her. I forgot I was listening to a single person, but she wasn't over the top. Pretty flawless.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, I was antisocial during this story. I had my ear phones in all the time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 08-17-14
    Pat 08-17-14 Member Since 2003
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    "So, what's the so-called point?"
    What would have made The Robber Bride better?

    Brighter, less gullible protagonists, and a better plot. The main characters I couldn't have cared less about. They made me want to shake them sillly, or slap some sense into them. And, I slogged through the 20-plus hours to see what the point was, only to find none.


    Has The Robber Bride turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely. I have always enjoyed Atwood's fantasy/futuristic-style books, but this didn't even seem like her work.


    What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    It was okay. I suppose my dislike for the characters colored my response to her somewhat.


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

    A waste of my time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bette 04-23-12
    Bette 04-23-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Sophomoric effort from Atwood"

    Margaret Atwood is one of my literary Gods.
    ....so I was really surprised at this labored story.

    Throughout the listening experience, I kept wondering if she had written the Robber Bride at college while attending a class inspired by Joseph Campbell and Jung then hauled it off a back shelf, dusted it off and sent it to her publisher 20 years later. There is a workmanlike sincerity creating a dullness in the Robber Bride that even the efforts of the excellent Ms. Dunne's narrative can't polish.

    Although I haven't listened, I have read and reread most of Ms Atwood's work. Pick something else- ANYTHING else.
    I can't recommend the Robber Bride to even devotees like me.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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