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The Robber Bride Audiobook

The Robber Bride

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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.

    5 of 5 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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tess C. 06-22-12
    Tess C. 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


    3 of 3 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

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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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.

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    Natasha Amble 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the best"

    This was my favorite out Atwood's books so far. her character development is off the charts.

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    Meg 06-19-15
    Meg 06-19-15
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    "Great writer, great reader!"

    I loved this! I've read several books by the incomparable Margaret Atwood and this one holds one of my topmost slots! Great story, perfectly drawn characters, mixed with Atwood's ever impeccable writing! Fantastic!

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    Amy South Carolina 02-19-15
    Amy South Carolina 02-19-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.

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    "Not bad, not great either"

    This took me an unusually long time to finish. Most of Atwood's books I fly through. But this one was slow. I liked the characters, but I didn't like that continually I had to hear the same story from 3 pts of view. It was overkill for me.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    TH 07-22-16
    TH 07-22-16

    I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.

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    "We've All Known a Zenia"
    If you could sum up The Robber Bride in three words, what would they be?

    Zenia seems omnipotent.


    What other book might you compare The Robber Bride to and why?

    The Robber Bridegroom- short story by the Brothers' Grimm. Zenia is a "man-eater", and manipulates women to cater to her whims.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    I loved the different voices for each character. Ms. Dunne had a pleasant voice, with a steady pace.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I've know a Zenia or two in my 40 years; I thought of and think of them as bullies. None of them, unfortunately, ever faked their deaths or actually died...yet.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of Zenia and her involvement with each woman, and their families, made me wonder about assigned gender roles, people's choices, and the causal network. It was thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed "

    Margaret Atwood is a fabulous author. I have enjoyed many of her books, but I found this particular one very slow going, downright boring and lacking in any form of suspense or foreshadowing to keep me from giving up. Maybe I'll get back to it one day, but I don't have high hopes.

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