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Alias Grace

Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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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 which lies dormant. But what will he find?

©1996 O.W. Toad Ltd; 2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Quite good

An interesting story, but not as gripping as I found Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to be.

I thought at first that the performance was not very good as it was sometimes not immediately clear to me whether it was speech or internal thought, though that did clear up, and I have a much hier opinion of her now than in the first portion of audio. It's much easier to understand a differentiation (for me, at least) when the character is not Irish, as I find the performer's own (Canadian, slightly maritime?) accent to be similar in kind to the Irish accents she puts on, though still different.

I enjoyed how all the characters' stories converged and went their own ways again.

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Adored it!

The narrator needs a standing ovation for this performance! Stunning book, stunning story, stunning overall!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-17

great story

Great story but some of the level of detail and tangents were a bit distracting.

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  • Brid
  • 09-30-16

beautifully written and narrated

This book really alleviated the tedium of my morning and evening commute. I found it thoroughly absorbing, due to the beautifully written prose combined with narration that complimented the writing so perfectly. I'm only sorry to have finished it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-16

enthralling

I was fully captivated by Grace's story and Margaret Atwood manages that most clever feat - completely convincing you that you are in a different place and time by telling a story well and weaving details of history into it rather than drenching the tale in so many researched facts it starts to feel like a history lesson

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  • Ecovisitor
  • 12-05-13

Gripping and mesmerising

If you could sum up Alias Grace in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, captivating, heart wrenching

What did you like best about this story?

Excellent narration of the different characters, lovely Canadian accent and gripping story.

Have you listened to any of Shelley Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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

Occasional laugh and heart breaking in places

Any additional comments?

Only problem I had was occasionally distinguishing between the opening quotes at each chapter and the start of the story in each case- just needed a slight pause.

But I absolutely loved this clever book and its telling.

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  • djohn1
  • 10-22-18

slow burner but well worth it!

stick at this one and you will be rewarded. I found it slow to start, but not one to waste a credit I carried on and got hooked!

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  • sarah
  • 01-28-18

Good story that draws the listener in

What did you like most about Alias Grace?

It was a metaphorical page-turner

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The audio book is so much better than the netflicks drama. There are so many more nuances explored that explain the story and why this or that happened. Grace was a very complex character who had to learn how to survive any way she could do. The audio book made me feel that she was quite naïve and young.

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  • Grete Buck
  • 09-21-17

Fascinating!

An insight into the early use of psychoanalysis to determine criminal guilt. Very well narrated using two voices.

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  • Elizabeth Carroll
  • 08-19-17

Brilliant sparkling Atwood .

I love her books and this one excels. great story telling, well read. had me engrossed from start to finish

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  • Cassy
  • 06-11-17

Amazing amazing amazing!!!

Spectacularly written and extremely well read. a total joy to listen to. Will immediately download all Margaret Attwood's entire back catalogue

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  • Debbie Caswell
  • 01-29-18

Well written, interesting, and hard to put down.

Such an interesting story that makes you stop and question. I truly loved it. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-18

A great story which leaves questions in your mind

I loved the story but it does make you guesting what the true story is even years later.

The performance of the reader was great. I will definitely look for more

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  • Jacqui Fisher
  • 11-05-18

Wasn’t sure to begin with but WOW!

What a magnificent story and then to learn that it’s based on real events!
I loved the language and the symbolism... a must read/listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-19

No idea what is it about

Couldn't stand even 5 minutes with this chaotic narration. Even when you reduce the audio speed, it's hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Wonderful narration!

I love the narration of this story. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was that I foolishly watched the mini series first so I was biased to that.

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  • B_R
  • 05-23-18

Work of descriptive & psychological genius

Alias Grace is a little outside the realm of Atwood's usual work in that it is historical fiction rather than dystopian. However, what makes it intriguing is that this historical whodunnit is based on a real murder case. The answer as to "why" has been answered by Atwood's usual believable speculative narrative, which works in beautifully with the real facts of the case. The result is a work of descriptive and psychological genius.

The narrator was brilliant in this reading, bringing Grace Marks to life. She maintained the mystery and aloofness, but also the kindness that Atwood intended for this character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-18

Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this book. What an extraordinary writer Margaret Atwood is! A fascinating portrayal of life in this period and an absorbing story. The only negative for me is that it ended. The narrator was wonderful, the best I have heard.

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  • amanda
  • 12-07-17

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Very descriptive, I have a very clear picture of the era now. Thanks to the author for the afterward. Brilliant narration.

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  • carolyn fitzgerald
  • 11-28-17

Fabulous

Took a little while to get into it but so glad I persevered. Beautifully written and narrated.

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  • Anjella
  • 11-16-17

So good!

Wonderful story and narration. I was spellbound for the whole time. Considered buying the book but I didn't want to miss any of the story as read by Shelley Thompson; she brought Grace to life.