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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Elizabeth McGovern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1996 ISBN: 9780553750041
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In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid’s Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, 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.

Dr. Simon Jordan, 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? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she a victim of circumstance?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Her narrative powers are what draw one through the intricate maze of Ms. Atwood’s story and lead to the heart of its complex vision of human motive and self-awareness.”

    New York Times

  • “Atwood makes [Alias Grace] a story for the ages.”

    Salon

  • “Atwood’s compelling prose, fine attention to historical detail, and firm guidance of her story make the long trip to the book's end entirely worth the trouble. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Atwood not only crafts an eerie, unsettling tale of murder and obsession, but also a stunning portrait of the lives of women in another time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1996 Giller Prize
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1996 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyrus | 2/14/2014

    " Struggled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Collins | 2/14/2014

    " The book was engaging, but not my favorite Margaret Atwood novel. I liked that it was based on a true Canadian case. The historical bits about Toronto were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salem | 2/11/2014

    " I reviewed Alias Grace here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 2/3/2014

    " This is based on a true story and is another Margaret Atwood twisting mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/3/2014

    " Another great story by Ms. Atwood. I am still trying to figure out who really did what to who but that kind of dilemna is what carried me to the end of the book. The author also provided a look at the treatment of mental illness in the 1800s--not a good time to be crazy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Ashley | 2/3/2014

    " Captivating read from start to finish. Intertwined historical excerpts of one of early Canada's most notorious murderers with a fictional story to fill in the gaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryElla | 1/19/2014

    " Really liked this one a lot. I Don't remember exactly why, but I remember the feeling of wanting to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Norris | 12/29/2013

    " Top five favorite books of all time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista McCracken | 12/29/2013

    " Canadian Historical Fiction...need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lina Simoni | 12/22/2013

    " Of all the books I read by Atwood (six, I think) this is the one that spoke to me the most. The historical reconstruction is magnificent, the characters engaging, and the storytelling brilliant. If you haven't read it yet, go for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa F | 12/7/2013

    " Our very first book club book. Loved it, boy did we have a lot to discuss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dona | 11/8/2013

    " I like Margaret Atwood's books and while this one was different from the others it did hold my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genie | 8/12/2013

    " I love Margaret Atwood! Great character development and a complex storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lari Walker | 7/6/2013

    " Suspense, mystery, plot twists, enough ambiguity to leave a lasting impression. Writing is fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 12/7/2012

    " I very much enjoyed re-reading this. I especially enjoyed the way Atwood ended the book without tying a neat little bow on top. She wrote a satisfying ending without answering some major questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Carr | 11/5/2012

    " loved this book. cant say enough good things about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marijan | 7/23/2012

    " Competently but averagely written. Major problem was that it didn't seem like it was going to offer anything beyond a fictional first person account of a moderately interesting historical event. Seemed like a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 7/21/2012

    " Based on a real person. I just adore Margaret Atwood's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 4/10/2012

    " I loved this book. I think it is witty and emotional while providing door opening views to an bygone era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent Eaton | 3/5/2012

    " Masterly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 1/10/2012

    " M. Atwood has a way of building suspense that I enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/21/2011

    " excellent writing style and good pacing. Atwood has done it again. Shows me again why she's my favourite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/23/2011

    " Great, interestig novel. Really loved how the story was told! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 7/1/2011

    " This book was a slow start for me but then picked up after about 200 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 5/20/2011

    " May 21st, 2011: I loved "The Handmaid's Tale" and I've been looking for another Atwood book that is as good. After reading the first 42 pages of this book, I'm afraid this isn't the book. I may or may not finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/18/2011

    " So far, so good. Not much time of late, but Atwood is sometimes a slow go... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/16/2011

    " loved this book. cant say enough good things about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salomé | 4/28/2011

    " Could hardly put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/26/2011

    " Another great story by Ms. Atwood. I am still trying to figure out who really did what to who but that kind of dilemna is what carried me to the end of the book. The author also provided a look at the treatment of mental illness in the 1800s--not a good time to be crazy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/18/2011

    " Atwood takes facts of an actual 1843 murder and builds a fiction story that keeps one turning the pages. Her characters have intrigue, suspense, and wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/15/2011

    " Pretty good book, not too fond of the ending though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/10/2011

    " Hefty and dense, but definitely worth a read if you have the time! This was my introduction to Atwood, and she is now one of my favourite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 4/10/2011

    " great and suspenseful but it ended horribly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flora | 4/2/2011

    " I admire Atwood's mind at least as much as I admire her writing. This novel is based on a true crime that shocked 19th century Canada. Who is Grace? Atwood gives us glimpses but no answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndon | 3/29/2011

    " Margaret Atwood is a wonderful writer. This long, inconclusive book is perhaps not her best work (I'm keen to read more) but it was a very interesting, intelligent, and unique experience. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize, Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. In 2005 Atwood received the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award. She lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth McGovern is a musician and actress best known for her role as Cora in the BBC’s Downton Abbey. She studied at Juilliard and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. She has been nominated for many awards for her acting, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.