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From the author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Handmaid's Tale - now an Emmy Award-winning Hulu original series - and Alias Grace, now a Netflix original series.

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply.

By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

Cover photos copyright Robert Reader & Andrew Lever / Millennium Images, UK

©1981 O. W. Toad Ltd. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Compelling story-telling at its best

A dark story with a twist, and a great read, especially when Angela Nevard is the one doing the reading! Margaret Atwood is brilliant (I'm a big fan of hers). Ms. Nevard delivers this story brilliantly, with just the right amount of vocal expression; her intonations are in just the right places, and the writing kept me hooked. Some storytellers add too much accent or somehow just don't sound authentic, but Ms. Nevard is great. I'm very excited to have found this eBook, and hope that I can find more stories read by her.

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A dark but compelling story. Beautifully narrated by Angela Nevard.The voice pulled me into the narrative.

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Enthralling!

Great story ! the detail and insight is compelling. Atwood's ability to express the innermost thoughts of her characters is impeccable.

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A brilliant narration of Atwood's dark novel

Atwood's "Bodily Harm" is a powerfully dark novel that depicts a society in which women are confronted with malignant forces beyond their control. Atwood's heroine Rennie, a Canadian travel writer, struggles against cancer, misogyny and violence at the hands of abusive men, as she becomes embroiled in political intrigue far from her home in Toronto. Atwood describes Rennie's ordeal with stark and often horrifying imagery, and Angela Nevard's lyrical and perceptive narration is a perfect counterpoint to the horror Atwood portrays in the novel. Ms. Nevard reads with empathy, intelligence and understanding that bring Rennie's story to life, while also conveying the nuances of Atwood's complex story and her sardonic humour. I very much look forward to more readings by Ms. Nevard!

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I found this book really difficult to finish
it was very boring. nothing actually happens until the very end

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Narration incompatible with character

I was not convinced that the woman reading was at all like the character of Rennie.

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  • Harriet Goodman
  • 2018-01-24

Great narration!

So enjoyed listening to how the narrator made this book come alive. Thoroughly enjoyed it!