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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Handmaid's Tale

Soon to be a Netflix Original series, Alias Grace takes listeners into the life of one of the most notorious women of the 19th century.

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?

Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases best-selling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

Cover photo by Sabrina Lantos, courtesy of Halfire Entertainment. The miniseries Alias Grace is a Halfire Entertainment Production made for CBC and Netflix.

©1996 O.W. Toad, Ltd. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Beautiful and Intense Story

Atwood does it again. I will admit, I’m a little behind the curve on Atwood. Last year I finally read Handmaid’s. I’ve been wanting to start Oryx & Crake forever, but something else always popped up. When I saw Alias Grace on Netflix I had to read it first. I’m glad I did. It’s a remarkable novel that covers a range of genres. Atwood is so capable of telling a complete story in any time while keeping her style, complex characters and charming wit. I love that there is always a subplot that never tangles with the main plot in the sense that it confuses anything, but rather lives on its own in the story, and, while woven flawlessly amongst the main plot, has its own space to develop without hindering the story. Everything Atwood does is a testament to her brilliance as a storyteller. It doesn’t slow down. I rarely listen to an audio book when I’m not in the car. I finished this in 3 days, most of it in the house.

Gadon’s performance is spot on. Her nuanced accent for Grace conveyed the character’s full history. Other characters were simply brought to life in a fulfilling and convincing way.

I will now begin tearing through everything Atwood has ever written... if you’ll excuse me.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Guilty, Innocent, or something in between

This story builds like a gentle climbing hill. You find yourself going up in suspense, walking at a gentle pace, only to fall into a pothole of doubt as you climb. The story is written much like the stories of its time, punctuated with poems from the contemporaries of that era. Stick with it long enough to train your ear to the speech of the time period and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at being drawn into the story fully. I thought Sarah Gadon did a great job using her voice as gently as the characters were written, with hints of inflection to bring the reader to question and doubt, Is this voice of Grace speaking the truth, or is instead the voice of an angry vengeful spirit? The reader must decide for themselves.

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Read the book after watching the series.

Filled in some holes and made the rewatch even more interesting. I woukd recommend both

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Awesome

A book wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. It is sad that it is actually based on a true story.

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  • brandi
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 11-26-17

Brilliant! Couldn’t stop listening!

Margaret Atwood has done it yet again! This intricate tale had me staying up late and listening every chance I could. I highly recommend it. The characters are original and compelling. The plot is unpredictable and enthralling.

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Good but not my favorite from Margaret Atwood

this is a very slow burn kind of story. I was hoping for a bigger payoff come the end of the story unfortunately that did not happen. I did enjoy the overall experience and getting to know Grace, as well as the entire experience that she goes through in this novel. However it was a bit dull, I would find myself drifting off and not pay attention there were a couple of times I would go back and reread entire chapters or paragraph but I still never felt like it added anything to the story. overall I would recommend this for anyone who's a big fan of Margaret work overall by no means is this a bad story just not my favorite of her works.

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A very interesting read, especially now ...

This is a very worthwhile book, especially nowadays when so many men are coming forward admitting to harassing and abusing women. One "hears" Grace's contemporaries speak to her with such disdain much more clearly... However, the book is also a great listen aside from that "timeliness." I was going to listen to it while falling asleep, but stayed up, fascinated and saddened by her fate. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

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Recommend

I really enjoyed this story. Sarah Gadon gives an amazing performance. I can't say that I loved everything about it, but the characters are witty and smart. At the end I found myself wishing for Grace to have a happy ending.

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Tedious!

Arg! Spent the entire book waiting for some kind of plot twist but nothing happens!

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  • Diane
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 12-12-17

Mixed Feelings

I wish I had known before listening that this novel was inspired by true events--something the author makes clear in her afterward. It would have made listening to long stretches where not too much happens more intriguing--as Atwood tries to imagine what might have gone into the making of the horrific double murder with which Grace is charged and of which she claimed to have no recollection.

Grace appears to be a very prim woman, seemingly incapable of participating in such an atrocity--so much so that a variety of evangelists and spiritualists lobby tirelessly for her pardon. The novel revolves around the efforts of a young doctor seeking to make a name for himself in the newly developing field of psychology to get to the bottom of her story.

As I mentioned, the book is slow at times but does have its moments of high tension--I confess that it is one of those that I like better in retrospect than when I was actually listening to it.

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