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  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition | Margaret Atwood,Valerie Martin - essay

    The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated By Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, full cast
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    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    Gillian says: "Wait! It Mightn't Be What You Think--"
  • The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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....

    Heather says: "A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly"
  • Alias Grace | Margaret Atwood

    Alias Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Sarah Gadon, Margaret Atwood
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    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.

    pinkzebra says: "Guilty, Innocent, or something in between"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Bill S. says: "A Fine Finish"
  • 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 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....

    Earnest says: "Pit stop to hell."
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Vered says: "Includes 3 great short stories"
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition | Margaret Atwood,Valerie Martin - essay

    The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated By Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
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    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    DrHex says: "Silly scratchy musical transitions"
  • The Robber Bride | Margaret Atwood

    The Robber Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • Alias Grace | Margaret Atwood

    Alias Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Sarah Gadon, Margaret Atwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

  • 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.

    Chela J. Noto says: "AWED!"
  • 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.

    sioux says: "Atwood- but not at her best"
  • Episode 78: Margaret Atwood, Evangelizing Against Climate Change, and Greek Tragedy | David Remnick,Bill Hader,Kristen Wiig,Katharine Hayhoe,Margaret Atwood,Rebecca Mead,Hilton Als,Robin Wright,Bryan Doerries

    Episode 78: Margaret Atwood, Evangelizing Against Climate Change, and Greek Tragedy

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By David Remnick, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and others
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    An evangelical Christian climate scientist speaks with David Remnick about explaining global warming to skeptical audiences...

  • 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....

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't even finish this book"
  • Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood

    Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 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.

    Erica says: "One of those books that stays with you for years! "
  • Oryx and Crake: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1 | Margaret Atwood

    Oryx and Crake: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

    Renny says: "Fantastic"
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