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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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Loved it.

Really incredible audio book. Highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in true crime and Canadian history... Atwood has clearly taken creative liberty, but tastefully so. Another great book from her.

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Wonderful

I loved the book but the vocals sound a little tinny to me. Margaret Atwood is brilliant as always and tge book has inspired me to look up the actual events.

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A Good Read

I drive a lot and chose this book for some of my trips this past summer. I found the narrators voice to be very engaging and often when I arrived at my destination I didn't want to stop listening. I had watched the series on Netflix and thought that there were pieces missing so read the book to find them. The book was good, better than the series but this is usually the case. A very interesting story that had my interest until the end. I even found myself googling the real Grace afterwards to see if there was more information on the remainder of her life after her release. Sadly I didn't find much but that tells you how much the story peaked my interest. #Audible1

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Beguiling Mystery Masterfully Told

This is masterful storytelling by a writer at the pinnacle of her craft. Expertly narrated by Sarah Gadon (who plays Grace in the mini-series adaptation of the novel) Alias Grace is a beguiling mystery, the reader is left to wonder "did she or didn't she?". Atwood cleverly elucidates how women of the era were often trapped,, whether or not they languished behind bars. I had read this novel previously. It was wonderful to revisit this nuanced novel on audiobook. Uniformly excellent. Highly recommended! #Audible1

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A good read

#Audible1 Well read by Sarah Gadon, this book is totally engaging. Compliments the Handmaid's Tale with respect to an exploration of the treatment of women.

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Great book!

Great story. Sometimes heavy but overall easy to listen too. #Audible1 entry !! This is a must read\listen!

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A great listen! I haven’t always enjoyed Margaret Atwood’s books but she turned this story into a captivating book.
The performance was exactly what this story needed
All in all , very happy with it

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This was a great listen

I have never been a fan of Margaret Atwood, something I always feel guilty saying because I think she is one of those authors I should love but I find her books hit and miss for me. However with the intense interest in the media about this book, and after having been to the Kingston Prison where it was filmed and highly promoted I decided to give it a listen and I was surprised at how much I loved it. It is books like this that makes me feel guilty when I say I'm not a fan of Atwood's because it was brilliantly written and well researched. As a historian I always appreciate a well researched historical fiction, and Atwood did not disappoint with this one. Sarah Gadon brought Grace to life and made the 15 hours fly by

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Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

Canada’s best author at her best.
”All the same, Murderess is a strong word to have attached to you. It has a smell to it, that word---musky and oppressive, like dead flowers in a vase. Sometimes at night I whisper it over to myself: Murderess, Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt across the floor.”
If that doesn’t want you to rip into this book/audiobook then I don’t know what will.
Narration was sublime.
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Thoroughly enjoyed!

Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t read more by Atwood - every time I do I am sucked right in and am reminded of how much I love her work. I found myself looking for excuses to listen more (my house was very clean!).

The narrator did a lovely job, and the story is a marvellous mix of fiction, historical fact and mystery. I will be listening to this again!

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