Get a free audiobook

Alias Grace

Written by: Margaret Atwood
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    280
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    255
  • 4 Stars
    69
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    245
  • 4 Stars
    78
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Narrator was a bore

I find it very difficult to follow the story when the narrator does not alter her voice in any way. All characters, male or female, sounded the same. If I was distracted while listening to the story, I had no idea which character was talking and what that character could be talking about. SEVERAL times I had to pause the book and wait for an opportunity where I could give my full attention. I definitely missed a lot of what happened in the story. I strongly recommend reading this book rather than listen to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth the time and effort to pay attention

I listen to books while I am doing other things, so many times I had to rewind and listen again because I wasn’t paying close enough attention. It probably took me twice as long to get through this book because of that, but I never once considered quitting. I was very interesting, and even more so when I reminded myself that it was based on a true story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Magnificent and witty

Atwood amazes me again... the narrator is excellent and the audio is clear. A must read

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Atwood is amazing!!!

Such a great work. I can’t say enough about it. One of my favourite books of all time for sure.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable #Audible1

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

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gail Cooke
  • 2018-12-11

Excellent!

I don’t normally like anything by Margaret Atwood but this was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it!