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The Testaments

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WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic - and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.  More than 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.  Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.  As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.  "The literary event of the year." (The Guardian)  "The international literary event of the season." (Globe and Mail)  "It’s terrifying and exhilarating." (Judges of the Booker Prize 2019)

©2019 Margaret Atwood (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

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The Handmaid's Tale

1865 ratings

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"Are there any questions?" The final line in Margaret Atwood's modern classic, The Handmaid's Tale, has teased and perplexed fans since the book's original release more than 30 years ago. Now, in this Audible Original production, listeners get some of the answers they've waited so long to hear. Featuring an all-new interview with Professor Piexoto, written by Atwood and performed by a full cast, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition is a must-listen for both fans and newcomers alike. Emmy Award winner Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, where the message (and the warning) is now more timely than ever. In addition to rich sound design that honors the audio origins of Atwood's classic, the special edition also includes a brand-new afterword from the author and an essay written by author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property). After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life for mere glimpses of her former freedom, and records her story for future listeners. Whether you're a fan of the original novel or someone who has recently discovered it, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition will shock, impress, and satisfy all those who listen.

©1985 O.W. Toad, Ltd. First American Edition 1986. Published by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Alias Grace

1008 ratings

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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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Oryx and Crake

531 ratings

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The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is 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. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.

©2002 O.W. Toad, Ltd. (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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The Handmaid's Tale

413 ratings

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Audie Award, Fiction, 2013 Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. Multiple Golden Globe award winner Claire Danes (Romeo and Juliet, The Hours) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time. After a staged terrorist attack kills the president and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression. Cover art by Fred Marcellino. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

©1985 Margaret Atwood (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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The Year of the Flood

227 ratings

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The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.   The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible. Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers.... Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away.... By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.

©2009 Margaret Atwood (P)2009 Random House

Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
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MaddAddam

188 ratings

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Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014 A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Book A Best Book of the Year: The Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and Mail A GoodReads Reader's Choice Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love. Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.  Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb's dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge. Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood - a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

©2013 Margaret Atwood (P)2013 Random House Audio

Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
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The Blind Assassin

148 ratings

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Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2000 For the past 25 years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishment as never before, creating a novel that is both entertaining and profoundly serious. The novel opens with these simple resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as you expect to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel within a novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When you return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, you will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be - but is, in fact, much more.

©2000 O.W. Toad, Ltd (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Narrator: Margot Dionne
Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
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I Am Malala

126 ratings

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Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014 When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Malala Yousafzai (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Captive

94 ratings

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1859. Grace Marks, condamnée à perpétuité, tourne lentement en rond dans la cour d'un pénitencier canadien. À l'âge de seize ans, elle a été accusée de deux meurtres horribles. Personne n'a jamais su si elle était coupable, innocente ou folle. Lors de son procès, après avoir donné trois versions des faits, elle s'est murée dans le silence : amnésie ou dissimulation ? Le docteur Simon Jordan, jeune et prometteur spécialiste de la maladie mentale, veut découvrir la vérité. Il obtient l'autorisation de rencontrer Grace, de la faire longuement parler... Avec lui, la prisonnière va dévider le terrible fuseau de ses souvenirs : son enfance irlandaise, l'agonie de sa mère sur le bateau qui les emmène au Canada, ses emplois de domestique, la mort de sa seule amie... À écouter ce récit, Grace ne semble ni démente ni criminelle, et pourtant, que sont ces troublants rêves qu'elle cache à Jordan : cauchemars, hallucinations ou réminiscences d'actes monstrueux ?

©1996 / 1998 O.W. Toad, Ltd. / Robert Laffont pour la traduction francaise. Traduit de l'anglais par Michèle Albaret-Maatsch. (P)2020 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Karine Vanasse
Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
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Ubik

76 ratings

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A mind-bending, classic Philip K. Dick novel about the perception of reality. Named as one of Time's 100 best books. Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

©1969 Philip K. Dick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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The Edible Woman

72 ratings

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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.

©1980 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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The Robber Bride

68 ratings

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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: Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is "a lurking enemy commando". To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is "a cold and treacherous bitch". To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice, and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe "soulless" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House

Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
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Lady Oracle

66 ratings

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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 organize her own death.

©1976 O.W. Toad (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Les Testaments

59 ratings

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Trente ans après La Servante écarlate, Margaret Atwood reprend la plume pour écrire la suite de son histoire.

Lorsque les portes du fourgon se referment sur Defred, à la fin de La Servante écarlate, les lecteurs n'ont aucune idée de ce que lui réserve l'avenir : la mort ou un nouveau départ. Les Testaments apportent enfin une réponse à leurs questions.

Nous retournons à Gilead quinze ans après avoir laissé Defred à son avenir incertain, grâce aux témoignages explosifs de trois narratrices.

« Chers lecteurs, pour ce livre, j'ai puisé mon inspiration dans toutes les questions que vous m'avez posées au fil des années sur Gilead et ses rouages internes. Enfin, presque toutes ! Mon autre source d'inspiration, c'est le monde dans lequel nous vivons. » — Margaret Atwood

©2019 O.W. Toad, Ltd. / Robert Laffont pour la traduction française (P)2019 Audible Studios

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The Heart Goes Last

53 ratings

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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. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed, and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in...for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

©2015 Margaret Atwood (P)2015 Random House Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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Bodily Harm

44 ratings

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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.

Narrator: Angela Nevard
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Surfacing

23 ratings

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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. Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices.  Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose. Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole.

©1972 O. W. Toad Ltd. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Stone Mattress

19 ratings

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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. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game. List of Stories and Narrators: "Alphinland" and "Torching the Dusties" read by Lorna Raver "Revenant" read by Mark Bramhall "Dark Lady" and "The Dead Hand Loves You" read by Arthur Morey "Lusus Naturae" read by Emily Rankin "The Freeze-Dried Groom" read by Rob Delaney "I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth" read by Bernadette Dunne "Stone Mattress" read by Margaret Atwood

©2014 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Le dernier homme

10 ratings

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Un monde, le nôtre, dans un futur pas si lointain... Un monde dévasté à la suite d'une catastrophe écologique sans précédent, où se combinent des conditions climatiques aberrantes, des manipulations génétiques délirantes et un virus foudroyant prompt à détruire l'ensemble de l'humanité. Esseulé au cœur de cet enfer aseptisé et visionnaire, digne de 1984 et d'Orange mécanique, un homme, Snowman, est confronté à d'étranges créatures génétiquement modifiées, les Crakers. Une nouvelle race d' "humains" programmés pour n'être sujets ni à la violence, ni au désir sexuel, ni au fanatisme religieux. Tel un Robinson futuriste, il doit lutter pour sa survie et celle de son espèce. Au risque d'y perdre son âme.

©2005 Robert Laffont (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Bertrand Pazos
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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On Writers and Writing

9 ratings

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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High priest of art? Court jester? Or witness to the real world?  Looking back on her own childhood and writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have assumed, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the title: if a writer is to be seen as "gifted", who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Atwood's wide reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences, both in Canada and elsewhere. The lightness of her touch is offset by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.  Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Quebec, Ontario, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. Throughout her 30 years of writing, Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Hew novel The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize for Fiction. She is the author of more than 25 volumes of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include Alias Grace (1996), The Robber Bride (1994), Cat's Eye (1988), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), Surfacing (1972) and The Edible Woman (1970). Acclaimed for her talent for portraying both personal lives and worldly problems of universal concern, Atwood's work has been published in more than 35 languages, including Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic, and Estonian.

©2002 O.W. Toad Ltd 2002 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Margaret Atwood
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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Angel Catbird

9 ratings

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Margaret Atwood, the most prescient and admired author of her generation, presents an original audio adaptation of her latest leap into the comic sci-fi fantasy underground: Angel Catbird. Atwood wrote this New York Times best-selling fantasy as an homage to the golden age of comic books and the radio hour thrillers she loved as a child - with a little 21st century spice! Angel Catbird features an all-star, yowling, and wicked-punning Canadian cast - recorded live, in ensemble - led by a friendly feathered, cat-centric, and unapologetic superhero. Our story: One dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is cruelly mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a pussycat and an owl. What follows is an action-driven, witty, and pulp-inspired all-species revolution. Would you expect anything less? The television series based on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaids' Tale garnered eight Emmys and two Golden Globes. She and her novels have won many literary prizes including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Franz Kafka Award, the German Friedenspreis, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. Angel Catbird is her first graphic novel and original audiobook adaptation. Full cast of narrators includes Christo Graham, Kelly Van der Burg, Andrew Jackson, Mike Kash, Kyra Harper, John Cleland, Alegra Fulton, Lisa Repo Martel, Julie Lemieux, Dylan Trowbridge, Amy Matysio, David Ferry, and Margaret Atwood.

©2017 Margaret Atwood (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Hag-Seed

8 ratings

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New York Times best seller 

The beloved author of The Handmaid’s Tale reimagines Shakespeare’s final, great play, The Tempest, in a gripping and emotionally rich novel of passion and revenge. 

“A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service of a story that’s utterly heartbreaking yet pierced by humor, with a plot that retains considerable subtlety even as the original’s back story falls neatly into place.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: Not only will it boost his reputation, but it will also 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 also brewing revenge, which, after 12 years, finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. 

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. P

raise for Hag-Seed:  

“What makes the book thrilling, and hugely pleasurable, is how closely Atwood hews to Shakespeare even as she casts her own potent charms, rap-composition included.... Part Shakespeare, part Atwood, Hag-Seed is a most delicate monster - and that’s ‘delicate’ in the 17th-century sense. It’s delightful.” (Boston Globe) 

“Atwood has designed an ingenious doubling of the plot of The Tempest: Felix, the usurped director, finds himself cast by circumstances as a real-life version of Prospero, the usurped Duke. If you know the play well, these echoes grow stronger when Felix decides to exact his revenge by conjuring up a new version of The Tempest designed to overwhelm his enemies.” (Washington Post)  

“A funny and heartwarming tale of revenge and redemption...Hag-Seed is a remarkable contribution to the canon.” (Bustle)

©2016 Margaret Atwood (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: R.H. Thompson
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Dearly

5 ratings

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National Best Seller The collection of a lifetime from the best-selling novelist and poet. By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens, and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment. Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognizable and celebrated themes, but distilled - from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term admirers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy, and humour.

©2020 Margaret Atwood (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

Narrator: Margaret Atwood
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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El Hombre en Busca de Sentido

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"El hombre en busca de sentido" es el estremecedor relato en el que Viktor Frankl nos narra su experiencia en los campos de concentración. Durante todos esos años de sufrimiento, sintió en su propio ser lo que significaba una existencia desnuda, absolutamente desprovista de todo, salvo de la existencia misma. Él, que todo lo había perdido, que padeció hambre, frío y brutalidades, que tantas veces estuvo a punto de ser ejecutado, pudo reconocer que, pese a todo, la vida es digna de ser vivida y que la libertad interior y la dignidad humana son indestructibles. En su condición de psiquiatra y prisionero, Frankl reflexiona con palabras de sorprendente esperanza sobre la capacidad humana de trascender las dificultades y descubrir una verdad profunda que nos orienta y da sentido a nuestras vidas. La logoterapia, método psicoterapéutico creado por el propio  Frankl , se centra precisamente en el sentido de la existencia y en la búsqueda de ese sentido por parte del hombre, que asume la responsabilidad ante sí mismo, ante los demás y ante la vida. ¿Qué espera la vida de nosotros? El hombre en busca de sentido es mucho más que el testimonio de un psiquiatra sobre los hechos y los acontecimientos vividos en un campo de concentración, es una lección existencial. Traducido a medio centenar de idiomas, se han vendido millones de ejemplares en todo el mundo. Según la  Library of Congress de Washingto n, es uno de los diez libros de mayor influencia en Estados Unidos.

©2012 Herder Editorial (P)2012 Herder Editorial

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Moral Disorder

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Margaret Atwood is acknowledged as one of the foremost writers of our time. In Moral Disorder, she has created a series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it, those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. As in a photograph album, time is measured in sharp, clearly observed moments. The '30s, the '40s, the '50s, the '60s, the '70s, the '80s, the '90s, and the present, all are here. The settings vary: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests. "The Bad News" is set in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. The narrative then switches time as the central character moves through childhood and adolescence in "The Art of Cooking and Serving", "The Headless Horseman", and "My Last Duchess". We follow her into young adulthood in "The Other Place" and then through a complex relationship, traced in four of the stories: "Monopoly", "Moral Disorder", "White Horse", and "The Entities". The last two stories, "The Labrador Fiasco" and "The Boys at the Lab", deal with the heartbreaking old age of parents but circle back again to childhood, to complete the cycle. By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage. As the New York Times has said: "The reader has the sense that Atwood has complete access to her people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations."

©2006 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Narrator: Susan Denaker
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Los testamentos [The Testaments]

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En esta extraordinaria secuela de El cuento de la criada, la aclamada autora Margaret Atwood responde a las preguntas que han dejado expectantes a los lectores durante décadas. Cuando las puertas de la furgoneta se cerraron de golpe tras Defred al final de El cuento de la criada, los lectores no tenían forma de saber cuál iba a ser su futuro: la libertad, la prisión o la muerte. Con la publicación de Los testamentos, la espera ha terminado.  Margaret Atwood recupera la historia 15 años después de que Defred se adentrara en lo desconocido, con los testimonios asombrosos de tres narradoras del mundo de Gilead.  «Queridos lectores y lectoras: vuestras preguntas sobre Gilead y su funcionamiento interno han sido la fuente de inspiración de este libro. ¡Bueno, casi todo! La otra es el mundo en el que vivimos.» (Margaret Atwood) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 O. W. Toad, Ltd (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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Wilderness Tips

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In each of these tales, Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief minutes we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age. By superimposing the past on the present, Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret, and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery. Richly layered and disturbing, poignant at times and scathingly witty at others, the stories in Wilderness Tips take us into the strange and secret places of the heart and inform the familiar world in which we live with truths that cut to the bone.

©1989 O.W. Toad Ltd. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Good Bones, Simple Murders & the Tent

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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. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian essays speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

©1994 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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La voleuse d'hommes

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Trois amies déjeunent ensemble dans un restaurant à la mode. Elles se sont rencontrées étudiantes, se sont croisées, consolées et retrouvées à travers les années. Si elles sont toutes trois très différentes, elles ont en commun de haïr Zenia - créature éphémère et mystérieuse, au passé obscur, qui leur a volé à chacune leur homme, trahissant l'amitié et la confiance qu'elles lui avaient offertes. Zenia, intelligente, belle et avide, tantôt manipulatrice, tantôt vulnérable, a su exploiter à merveille les faiblesses des autres. Et, si elles sont devenues aussi facilement ses proies, c'est peut-être parce qu'elles désiraient secrètement lui ressembler un peu. Depuis qu'elles ont appris sa mort dans les journaux, les trois femmes respirent. Le déjeuner s'annonce joyeux : désormais on peut parler d'autre chose. Mais voilà que la porte du restaurant s'ouvre et que Zenia entre, en personne. Plus belle et plus conquérante que jamais, les traits juste un peu plus méchants. Le cauchemar va-t-il recommencer ?

©1994 Robert Laffont (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Ludmila Ruoso
Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
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Dancing Girls

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Students and journalists, farmers and birdwatchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers, and dancing girls. All are ordinary people. Or are they? In this splendid collection of short stories, Margaret Atwood maps the human motivation we scarcely know we have in a startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, these stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters that evoke laughter, compassion, terror, and recognition.

©1977, 1982 O.W. Toad Ltd (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Laurel Lefkow
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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In Other Worlds

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In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination is Margaret Atwood’s account of her rela­tionship with the literary form we have come to know as science fiction. This relationship has been lifelong, stretch­ing from her days as a child reader in the 1940s through her time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she explored the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing with her work as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures of 2010: “Flying Rabbits”, which begins with Atwood’s early rabbit superhero creations and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; “Burning Bushes”, which follows her into Victorian other-lands and beyond; and “Dire Cartographies”, which investi­gates utopias and dystopias. In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood’s key reviews and musings about the form, including her elucidation of the differences (as she sees them) between “science fiction” proper and “speculative fiction”, as well as “sword and sorcery/fantasy” and “slip­stream fiction”. For all listeners who have loved The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood - not to mention Atwood’s 100,000-plus Twitter fol­lowers - In Other Worlds is a must.

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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Stone Mattress

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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. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in Alphinland, the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom, a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In Lusus Naturae, a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In Torching the Dusties, an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in Stone Mattress, a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game. This audiobook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

©2014 O.W. Toad, Ltd. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Oryx og Crake

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Snemand bor alene i et træ og kæmper for at overleve den dræbervirus, som har efterladt jorden fuld af vraggods, affald og lumske rovdyr. Hans eneste selskab er crakerne, gensplejsede, menneskelignende væsner, som han har reddet fra katastrofen. Men der var engang, da Snemand ikke var Snemand. I stedet hed han Jimmy. En lidt forsømt og ensom dreng, der boede med sine forældre i et beskyttet og gennemkontrolleret samfund, hvor faderen var genforsker. Senere - lige inden moderen forlod dem - blev Jimmy venner med den karismatiske Crake - drengen med de grønne øjne og det foruroligende blik. Venskabet mellem de to drenge holdt i mange år. Også da de som voksne begge forelskede sig i Oryx, spinkle asiatiske Oryx. Men da Jimmy opdagede indholdet af det forskningsprojekt, som Crake havde udviklet, blev deres venskab sat på den endelige prøve. I sin ensomhed prøver Snemand nu at finde forklaringen på det, som er sket - og ikke mindst forsøger han at udtænke, hvordan han kan undgå den totale udslettelse.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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MaddAddam

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Une peste créée par l'homme a ravagé la Terre. Les rares survivants forment une communauté avec une espèce inoffensive, fabriquée pour remplacer les humains, les Crakers. À sa tête, un couple au passé tumultueux, Toby, experte en champignons et abeilles, et Zeb, mangeur d'ours et fils d'un prêcheur maléfique. Dépositaire et garante de la mémoire, Toby transmet aux Crakers, curieux comme des enfants et avides de légendes, l'histoire des hommes. Au contact les uns des autres, humains et Crakers posent les fondements d'un nouveau monde...

©2014 Margaret Atwood. Robert Laffont pour la traduction francaise (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Bertrand Pazos
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
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Los Testamentos (Latino) [The Testaments (Latin)]

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En esta brillante secuela de El cuento de la criada, la aclamada autora Margaret Atwood responde a las preguntas que han cautivado a los lectores durante décadas. «Subo y penetro en la oscuridad del interior; o en la luz.» Cuando las puertas de la furgoneta se cerraron de golpe tras Offred al final de El cuento de la criada, los lectores no tenían forma de saber cuál iba a ser su futuro: la libertad, la prisión o la muerte. Con la publicación de Los testamentos, la espera ha terminado. Margaret Atwood recupera la historia quince años después de que Offred se adentrara en lo desconocido, con los testimonios asombrosos de tres narradoras del mundo de Gilead. «Queridos lectores y lectoras: vuestras preguntas sobre Gilead y su funcionamiento interno han sido la fuente de inspiración de este libro. ¡Bueno, casi todo! La otra es el mundo en el que vivimos.» Margaret Atwood Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 O.W. Toad, Ltd (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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Life Before Man

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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.   Imprisoned by walls of their own construction, here are three people, each in midlife, in midcrisis, forced to make choices - after the rules have changed. Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality, her suppressed rage, is married to the wrong man. She has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover...and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably toward the same climax.

©1979 O.W. Toad Limited 1979 (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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La vie avant l'homme

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A mi-chemin entre la comédie de mœurs et le drame psychologique, ce roman de la grande dame des lettres canadiennes met à nu l'incessante guerre des sexes que se livrent plusieurs personnages plongés dans un tourbillon de sentiments. Elizabeth, conservatrice dans un musée d'histoire naturelle, femme de pouvoir toute de sensualité maîtrisée et de colère rentrée, collectionne les amants... Nate, son mari, ancien avocat, un rêveur qui adore les enfants, s'est reconverti dans l'artisanat (il crée des jouets en bois dans son garage)... Lesje, jeune paléontologue, se laisse séduire par le charme un peu falot de Nate ; plus accoutumée à l'étude des dinosaures qu'à la complexité des êtres humains, elle songe à "la vie avant l'homme"... Lorsque Chris, l'amant d'Elizabeth, se suicide et que Lesje tombe enceinte, chacun est renvoyé à ses démons. Avec un humour féroce et une douce mélancolie, Atwood pénètre le cœur d'hommes et de femmes dont les aspirations n'arriveront jamais à se joindre : une cinglante anatomie du mariage moderne.

©2017 Robert Laffont (P)2021 Audible Studios

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First Words

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Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Johnathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? Here is a funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers - those who are amused by and happy to share their own early efforts. These young writers are the same people who now dominate the best seller lists and occupy the most celebrate spots on bookshelves in our stores, libraries and homes. Authors include Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, Gail Godwin, Stephen King, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Styron, Amy Tan, John Updike, Gore Vidal, and Paul Mandelbaum (editor).

©2009 Phoenix (P)2009 Phoenix

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Die Zeuginnen

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Die packende Fortsetzung von Margaret Atwoods "Der Report der Magd". "Und so steige ich hinauf, in die Dunkelheit dort drinnen oder ins Licht." - Als am Ende vom Report der Magd die Tür des Lieferwagens und damit auch die Tür von Desfreds "Report" zuschlug, blieb ihr Schicksal für die Leser und Hörer ungewiss. Was erwartete sie: Freiheit? Gefängnis? Der Tod? Das Warten hat ein Ende! Mit Die Zeuginnen nimmt Margaret Atwood den Faden der Erzählung fünfzehn Jahre später wieder auf, in Form dreier explosiver Zeugenaussagen von drei Erzählerinnen aus dem totalitären Schreckensstaat Gilead. Margaret Atwood haben vor allem zwei Dinge zu diesem Roman inspiriert: Die Fragen ihres Publikums zum Staat Gilead samt seiner Beschaffenheit sowie die Welt, in der wir leben.

©2019 Piper Verlag GmbH, München. Übersetzung von Monika Baark (P)2019 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

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Der Report der Magd

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In einem fiktiven Staat in Nordamerika haben religiöse Fundamentalisten die totalitäre Republik Gilead errichtet. Nach einer atomaren Verseuchung ist ein großer Teil der weiblichen Bevölkerung unfruchtbar. Frauen werden entmündigt und in drei Gruppen eingeteilt: Ehefrauen von Führungskräften, Dienerinnen und Mägde. Letztere werden zur Fortpflanzung rekrutiert und sollen nach biblischem Vorbild für unfruchtbare Ehefrauen Kinder empfangen. Können sie ihre Aufgabe nicht erfüllen, werden sie in entfernte Kolonien abgeschoben. Doch die Dienerin Desfred besitzt etwas, was ihr alle Machthaber, Wächter und Spione nicht nehmen können, nämlich ihre Hoffnung auf ein Entkommen, auf Liebe, auf Leben... Die provozierende Vision eines totalitären Staats, in dem Frauen keine Rechte haben, wurde zum Kultbuch einer ganzen Generation. Margaret Atwood erhielt dafür zahlreiche Preise, Volker Schlöndorff verfilmte den Roman unter dem Titel "Die Geschichte der Dienerin" und die Serie "The Handmaid's Tale" wurde 2017 mit mehreren Emmys ausgezeichnet.

©2017 Piper Verlag GmbH, München. Übersetzung von Helga Pfetsch (P)2017 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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alias Grace

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Toronto, 1843: Das junge Dienstmädchen Grace wird mit sechzehn des Doppelmordes an ihren Arbeitgebern schuldig gesprochen. In letzter Sekunde wandelt das Gericht ihr Todesurteil in eine lebenslange Gefängnisstrafe um. Sie verbringt Jahre hinter Gittern, bis man sie schließlich entlässt. Im Haushalt des Anstaltdirektors begegnet sie dem Nervenarzt Simon, der ihrer Geschichte auf den Grund gehen will: Ist Grace eine gemeingefährliche Verbrecherin oder unschuldig? Margaret Atwood hat einen Roman von hypnotischer Spannung geschrieben, der die Geschichte einer realen Gestalt, einer der berüchtigtsten Frauen Kanadas erzählt.

©1996 O. W. Toad Ltd. / Piper Verlag GmbH, München. Übersetzung von Brigitte Walitzek (P)2017 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

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