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Publisher's Summary

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 which lies dormant. But what will he find?
©1996 O.W. Toad Ltd; 2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hollys review on 05-25-17

Quite good

An interesting story, but not as gripping as I found Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to be.

I thought at first that the performance was not very good as it was sometimes not immediately clear to me whether it was speech or internal thought, though that did clear up, and I have a much hier opinion of her now than in the first portion of audio. It's much easier to understand a differentiation (for me, at least) when the character is not Irish, as I find the performer's own (Canadian, slightly maritime?) accent to be similar in kind to the Irish accents she puts on, though still different.

I enjoyed how all the characters' stories converged and went their own ways again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 07-15-18

Adored it!

The narrator needs a standing ovation for this performance! Stunning book, stunning story, stunning overall!

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By Amazon Customer on 02-09-16

enthralling

I was fully captivated by Grace's story and Margaret Atwood manages that most clever feat - completely convincing you that you are in a different place and time by telling a story well and weaving details of history into it rather than drenching the tale in so many researched facts it starts to feel like a history lesson

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-17-17

great story

Great story but some of the level of detail and tangents were a bit distracting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-16-18

Wonderful narration!

I love the narration of this story. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was that I foolishly watched the mini series first so I was biased to that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By B_R on 05-23-18

Work of descriptive & psychological genius

Alias Grace is a little outside the realm of Atwood's usual work in that it is historical fiction rather than dystopian. However, what makes it intriguing is that this historical whodunnit is based on a real murder case. The answer as to "why" has been answered by Atwood's usual believable speculative narrative, which works in beautifully with the real facts of the case. The result is a work of descriptive and psychological genius.

The narrator was brilliant in this reading, bringing Grace Marks to life. She maintained the mystery and aloofness, but also the kindness that Atwood intended for this character.

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