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  • 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.

    Martin says: "Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining"
  • 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.

    Wras says: "A saccharin, bitter, sexual satire"
  • 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....

    Caitriona says: "A great book to listen to :)"
  • 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.

    Ecovisitor says: "Gripping and mesmerising"
  • 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.

    Lottie says: "Meet some true evil"
  • 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?

    Isolde says: "A Sharp Divide"
  • 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.

    Anthony says: "Compelling"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Eva O'Donnell says: "Careless editing."
  • 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.

    BB says: "The best book of the trilogy!"
  • 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.

    Astrid says: "Hooked"
  • 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.

    Helen says: "Compelling"
  • 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.

    Wras says: "Bitter, bitter old age tales that sting"
  • Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories | Margaret Atwood

    Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
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    A man finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming palel, more silent and literally smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds...

    T says: "spare and sophisticated"
  • The Vietnam War: A Concise International History | Mark Atwood Lawrence

    The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Atwood Lawrence
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" (Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.

    Mrs. T. L. Brown says: "A good intro to the Vietnam war"
  • The Penelopiad | Margaret Atwood

    The Penelopiad

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.... And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he hangs Penelope's 12 maids.

    Wras says: "A retelling of a story that adds new facets."
  • 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.

  • Good Bones and Simple Murders & the Tent | Margaret Atwood

    Good Bones and Simple Murders & the Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
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    In Good Bones and Simple Murders, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and virtuosity of her best-selling novels. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat explaining how Bram Stoker got Dracula all wrong, and the five methods of making a man. There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales, and other miniature masterpieces. In The Tent, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays.

  • Come to Me Free: An Inspirational Romance Novel | Leah Atwood

    Come to Me Free: An Inspirational Romance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leah Atwood
    • Narrated By Leonor A. Woodworth
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    Career-driven Dani Trahan wasn't interested in finding a husband. At only 28, she had plenty of time in her future to settle down and have a family, but for now, her sole focus was keeping her restaurant afloat. When tragedy strikes, however, she's forced to examine her priorities and relationships.

    Rob Jackson didn't do relationships. He'd long ago accepted that happily ever afters didn't belong to him. That was a decade ago, right around the time he stopped believing in God. Then he met Dani, and for the first time in 10 years, he wanted to believe again: in love and in God.

    To move beyond friendship, Dani and Rob must first accept several truths, but can they learn to rely on faith before it is too late?

  • 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.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
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