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Margaret Atwood

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  • The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
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    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
  • Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood

    Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
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    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
  • Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood

    Hag-Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By R. H. Thompson
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    Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: Not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

    LJ says: "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
  • The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood

    The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
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    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Linda Novak says: "Atwood at her very best!"
  • MaddAddam: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

    MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
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    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    UncleHammy says: "Not as good as O&C or The Flood"
  • The Heart Goes Last: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

    The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
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    Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed, and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in...for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates.

    Stephanie says: "Thoughtful and intriguing"
  • The Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood

    The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
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    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.

    G. Sierra says: "Terrible audio quality"
  • Alias Grace | Margaret Atwood

    Alias Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
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    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.

    Michelle says: "Incredible!"
  • Stone Mattress: Nine Tales | Margaret Atwood

    Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margaret Atwood, Rob Delaney, Mark Bramhall
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    A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

    The Amester says: "Staggeringly Good"
  • Cat's Eye | Margaret Atwood

    Cat's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal.

    Sarah says: "Excellent"
  • The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus | Margaret Atwood

    The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca.

    Elizabeth Weingarten says: "Penelopiad"
  • The Robber Bride | Margaret Atwood

    The Robber Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    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.

    Mariah says: "Captivating Story with Great Narration"
  • Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold | Margaret Atwood

    Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By R. H. Thomson
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    Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After 12 years revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison.

  • The Edible Woman | Margaret Atwood

    The Edible Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancé and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach ... The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and desire to be consumed.

    Andrea says: "Sometimes there's a reason books get rejected..."
  • Alias Grace | Margaret Atwood

    Alias Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
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    Sixteen years have passed since Grace was locked up, at the age of 16, for the cold-blooded murders of her employer and his housekeeper/lover. Her alleged accomplice in the crimes, James McDermot, paid the extreme sentence of the law and was hanged on November 21, 1843. But some thought Grace was innocent, and her sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. After a spell in the Lunatic Asylum she now claims to have no memory of the murders, and so Dr Simon Jordan tries to wake the part of Grace's mind that lies dormant.

  • First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors | Margaret Atwood,Roy Blount Jr.,Pat Conroy,Gail Godwin,Stephen King,Norman Mailer,Joyce Carol Oates,William Styron,Amy Tan,John Updike

    First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
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    Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Jhonathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? A funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers.

  • The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Joanna David
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    The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

    Trish says: "A must read"
  • The Robber Bride | Margaret Atwood

    The Robber Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    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.

  • Moral Disorder and Other Stories | Margaret Atwood

    Moral Disorder and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
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    Margaret Atwood is acknowledged as one of the foremost writers of our time. In Moral Disorder, she has created a series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it, those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. As in a photograph album, time is measured in sharp, clearly observed moments.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Story and Reading"
  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination | Margaret Atwood

    In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker, Margaret Atwood
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    In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination is Margaret Atwood’s account of her rela­tionship with the literary form we have come to know as science fiction. This relationship has been lifelong, stretch­ing from her days as a child reader in the 1940s through her time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she explored the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing with her work as a writer and reviewer.

    Kristyn says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
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