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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

Neurosurgeon Henry Perowne enjoys life immensely and considers himself fortunate to love the woman he's married to. As he makes his way through an immense London crowd of Iraq protestors, he has a minor automobile accident. His trained eye immediately senses something neurologically wrong with Baxter, the other driver. So when the confrontational Baxter visits the Perowne home later that evening and events take a tragic turn, it is Henry who must employ his skills to save Baxter.

McEwan has been hailed as "one of the most gifted literary storytellers alive" by The New Republic, and Saturday is further proof of that claim.

Listen to an interview with Ian McEwan on Charlie Rose.

©2005 Ian McEwan; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Dazzling." (The New York Times)
"A wise and poignant portrait of the way we live now." (Publishers Weekly)
"McEwan is as provocative, transporting, and brilliant as ever as he considers both our vulnerability and our strength, particularly our ability to create sanctuary in a violent world." (Booklist)

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    Andrew 04-08-05
    Andrew 04-08-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Distracting Reader May Dull Enjoyment"

    I adored Steven Crossley's reading of 'Enduring Love'-- it was precisely right. But for 'Saturday', he seems to have imported the same lower-middle class Southern English accent he used for Jed Parry and grafted it onto Perowne's son. Worse, he pitched it a bit higher and re-used the same accent for Perowne's daughter. While the choice barely fits Perowne's young jazz-musician son, it fails completely on his daughter Daisy, who is an Oxford-educated poet. She sounds more like someone who'd be making change in a high street WH Smith.

    Then there's the grating American accent Crossley attempts when reading Dr Strauss's lines... simply awful.

    As much as these details shouldn't matter, they do colour the experience of listening to this audiobook; after all, the voices need to match the characters. When they don't, it makes listening to dialogue an exercise in suspending belief, one that prevents the listening from ever becoming immersive.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Emeritus 04-15-07
    Emeritus 04-15-07

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    "Wonderful"

    I loved this book so much I went out and bought a paperback after listening to the book. Great reader, the story moves at a pace that, as one of my friends said, makes you both dread the next lines and sit anxiously waiting for them. His coverage of the mind of a physician is as accurate as anyone could have done - physician or not. ( I am one, although not a neurosurgeon) It is a masterful reading, masterful book and one that will have endure well beyond the time in which it is set.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Dunedin, FL, United States 08-17-15
    Katherine Dunedin, FL, United States 08-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not to be missed if you love Ian McEwan"

    An amazing adventure traveling with the mind of a person. Twists and turns in a life is brilliantly portrayed in just one twenty-four hour period.
    The narrator brought each character to life. As usual, Mr. McEwan gets into extreme details at times , but this style always brings realism of the story to me. He questions values, ethics, human behaviors and subtly shows the consequences when we are off track!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Oakland, CA, USA 04-29-05
    Beverly Oakland, CA, USA 04-29-05
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    "Wonderful, absorbing"

    You have to like a meditative, introspective literary narrator but this book is eloquent, with many perfect moments to it. True, the reader's attempt at women's voices is pretty bad, but I forgave that because I was so caught up in the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Midvale, UT, USA 04-13-05
    Charles Midvale, UT, USA 04-13-05
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    "Dame Edna would have been....."

    ...a better narrator. She is at least more articulate and and has a much better trained falsetto! The novel however is shere genius and I think that fact is missed by the other commentators here because of the insipid mulings of the narrrator. This novel is clever, poignant and sinks deeply into the post-modern angst where genuine love in a family can still exist. The humor is delightful. I have read few scenes with a more contained wit than when Daisy reads "her" poem to Baxter- the bad guy but also the sick guy. And with genuine human compassion in the midst of thier own crisis Henry sees beyond the immediate danger into the uncontrollable suffering of Baxter's source of pain and crisis. Then with a deft mixing of this carefully crafted matrix McEwen draws the story line and the lives of these real people into a sharp focus about where we as a society are today both out there in the crowd and in the privacy of our homes and loved ones.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 03-22-15
    Thomas 03-22-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great writing and great reader"

    McEwan relies more heavily on character development than plot in this tale of a day's events, but what great character development it is. The reader hits a great tone. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MALLACOOTA, Australia 04-01-11
    Michael MALLACOOTA, Australia 04-01-11
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    "Enjoyable.....but?"

    After listening to 'Solar' (my first Audible book) and being completely 'rapt', I found 'Saturday' not quite up to the high benchmark previously set. The scene between Henry and daughter Daisy was long, tedious and unconvincing in their dialogue, and the fact that Henry is allowed back to the hospital after a fairly heavy drinking session isn't up to McEwan's usual standards of getting the details just right. It also lacked the dry, wry,black humour in both the writing and the narration found in 'Solar' that I enjoyed so immensely. However all that said, 'Saturday' is still a well written and an enjoyable listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark E. White Atlanta, GA USA 05-08-05
    Mark E. White Atlanta, GA USA 05-08-05 Member Since 2017
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    "A thoughtful Inner dialog"

    This thoughtful book delves the inner thoughts of one man in a day in the post 9-11 world in London. Those who expect a thriller will be disappointed. Those who look for the author's trademark tight style and craftesmanlike prose, will be delighted, as I was.

    The book convincingly addresses the meaning of life, equity, and integenerational relationships. This is NOT airplane reading ---indeed it starts off with a plane crash.

    A great read though hyperbole (a charcter does an impossible number of surgeries in a day, etc) detracts a bit. It's thoughtful ruminating style colored with vague menace fit me perfectly.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    joseph venice, ca, United States 08-28-07
    joseph venice, ca, United States 08-28-07 Member Since 2016
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    "fabulous"

    i have read (listened) to several hundred books on audible and i am always looking for a new author. i first started with his reading of on chesil beach and was blown away and immediatly downloaded saturday, which was just extraordinary. how fortunate we are to have someone of his talent. he's in a class by himself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A4153 04-14-16
    A4153 04-14-16 Member Since 2011

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    "What is the point?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I kept trying, but got tired of waiting for something besides random thoughts to happen.


    What was most disappointing about Ian McEwan’s story?

    I could not care about the character.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    None


    Was Saturday worth the listening time?

    No, I could not finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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