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  • 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....

    Kylie says: "Unfortunate choice of narrator"
  • 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.

    Anjella says: "So good!"
  • 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.

    Arena says: "Fun, interesting read"
  • The Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood

    The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    Even now, at the age of 82, Iris lives in the shadow cast by her younger sister Laura. Now poor and trying to cope with a failing body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death.

    Violet says: "Well written but boring and uneventful"
  • 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
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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.

    jackie says: "Great book, poor narrator."
  • 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.

  • Alias Grace | Margaret Atwood

    Alias Grace

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Diana Quick
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    Locked up at the age of 16 for the bloody murders of her employer and his housekeeper, Grace Marks was lucky not to have been hung. But the questions remain: innocent or guilty, instigator or innocent dupe? Sixteen years later, Dr Simon Jordan, an expert in amnesia, is given access to Grace, who now spends most of her days as a servant in the home of the prison Governor, befriended by the Governor's wife who believes in her innocence.

  • 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.

    Kathryn says: "Brilliant!"
  • Cat's Eye | Margaret Atwood

    Cat's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for 40 years. An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

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  • Bodily Harm | Margaret Atwood

    Bodily Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
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    Rennie Wilford, a young jounalist running from her life, takes an assignment to a Caribbean island and tumbles into a world where no one is what they seem. When the burnt-out Yankee Paul (does he smuggle dope or hustle for the CIA?) offers her a no-hooks, no strings affair, she is caught up in a lethal web of corruption.

  • Lady Oracle | Margaret Atwood

    Lady Oracle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband - Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identities. She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death.

  • Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery,Margaret Atwood - foreword

    Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery, Margaret Atwood - foreword
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
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    Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents' deaths, she's bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.

    Jane-Anne. says: "Loved it"
  • Dancing Girls | Margaret Atwood

    Dancing Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    Students and journalists, farmers and birdwatchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers and dancing girls. All are ordinary people. Or are they? In this splendid collection of short stories, Margaret Atwood maps the human motivation we scarcely know we have in a startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humour and unexpected violence, these stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters that evoke laughter, compassion, terror and recognition.

  • Stone Mattress: Nine Tales | Margaret Atwood

    Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margaret Atwood, Emily Rankin, Lorna Raver, and others
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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 Heart Goes Last | Margaret Atwood

    The Heart Goes Last

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
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    Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. 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.

    Megan says: "Poor characters"
  • MaddAddam | Margaret Atwood

    MaddAddam

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
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    A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2 | Margaret Atwood

    The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

    Veronica says: "Great book"
  • A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf | Emma Claire Sweeney,Emily Midorikawa,Margaret Atwood - foreword

    A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Emma Claire Sweeney, Emily Midorikawa, Margaret Atwood - foreword
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
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    Drawing on letters and diaries, some of which have never been published before, this book will reveal Jane Austen's bond with a family servant, the amateur playwright Anne Sharp, how Charlotte Brontë was inspired by the daring feminist Mary Taylor, the transatlantic relationship between George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the underlying erotic charge that lit the friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield - a pair too often dismissed as bitter foes.

  • The Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood

    The Blind Assassin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, 2007.
    Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at 18 to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and 82, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, but in particular on the events surrounding her sister's tragic early death.

    Mrs. Kaja Malouf says: "loved it"
  • Wilderness Tips | Margaret Atwood

    Wilderness Tips

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Jennifer Vuletic
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    In each of these tales Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age. By superimposing the past on the present, Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret, and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery.

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