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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781461813545
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The best-selling author of Atonement and Enduring Love, Ian McEwan is known as one of contemporary fiction’s most acclaimed writers. This Booker Prize-winning novel by McEwan finds two men connecting at the funeral of their ex-lover. Distressed by how she was slowly destroyed by an illness, the two make a pact to save each other from enduring such a fate.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Morrison | 2/13/2014

    " Love love love this. I read it on holiday in Hungary and on the way back our flight was delayed until 2am. On the flight everyone slept except me and someone else also reading it. This novel consumed me and I felt grief stricken when I finished it. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrei | 2/9/2014

    " Exact ca filmu, pana si in micile detalii. Cu exceptia ca Briony e mai enervanta in carte. Si bineinteles irationalitatea iubitilor idioti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/8/2014

    " I think I have to go with the consensus view on this one--I've read a number of books by McEwan, and this is the best of the lot. I do a lot of my reading on the Metro these days, and I would get so absorbed in this at times that I would look up from the book, disoriented as to just where I was. Never missed my stop (that's only happened once, while reading Anna Karenina), but I came close a couple of times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pina | 2/7/2014

    " Ian McEwan sure knows how to capture his reader, had me captivated at how family rifts can have devastating consequences they may never be resolved. A really beautifully written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy Rogers | 2/5/2014

    " It was not one of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rohan | 2/1/2014

    " At first I didn't really like it because the author spent the first third of the book reviewing the same scenes but from different perspectives, which was what made it really slow, but then when the author really speaks about the horrors of war and relates it all to the previous set of the text and how the childish mistake of one person made caused a nightmarish experience. I absolutely loved how this book was actually how the protagonist was atoning for her sins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose Ann | 1/29/2014

    " Profoundly moving. I can only imagine Cee and Robbie celebrating the zeniths of their love. Having read the book and watched the film created this sudden tinge of regret and remorse and love and forgiveness in me. Atonement is now my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/27/2014

    " Started slow, but the last three pages of this book are worth all of it. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/26/2014

    " I think I have to go with the consensus view on this one--I've read a number of books by McEwan, and this is the best of the lot. I do a lot of my reading on the Metro these days, and I would get so absorbed in this at times that I would look up from the book, disoriented as to just where I was. Never missed my stop (that's only happened once, while reading Anna Karenina), but I came close a couple of times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suela | 1/25/2014

    " Amazing. Unfortunately I had seen the movie before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee Pujols | 1/21/2014

    " The beginning of this book is "crap" but if you stay the course, it actually turns out to be a decent story. A roller coaster ride of emotions. I would have given it 4 stats if it weren't for the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Groucho | 1/17/2014

    " This is a beautifully written, deeply moving book. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " I couldn't get past the first ten pages. I simply was uninterested in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/16/2014

    " better than the film. I really enjoyed this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista Wheeler | 1/11/2014

    " This book starts off very slow and had me wondering where it was going and if I would be able to stay with it. I'm glad I continued reading because I enjoyed the story and the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Lind | 1/8/2014

    " Really frustrating with a ridiculous ending. Three stars for being well written despite poor characters and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 1/8/2014

    " It started out slow, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Really interesting idea and great writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie Norman | 1/4/2014

    " no peace for love. no grace, mercy or redemption in the story. the writing was beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Buist | 1/3/2014

    " ...I thought it would never end! Very boring!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 12/9/2013

    " Finally finished reading this after like 3 months. I feel like crying of happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Mynors | 12/4/2013

    " Delicious. Spooky. What really happened here? Very clever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Jones | 12/3/2013

    " I read and studied this at university and fell in love with it. It is deep and multi- layered as is often the case with McEwan's writing. I do recall, however, it was either loved or hated by my fellow students. It's a brilliant piece of romantic war literature in my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2013

    " Extremely painful for me to get into this, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I especially loved part two. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 11/30/2013

    " Not worth it. Put it down and walk away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilaine | 11/27/2013

    " The first 80 pages of this book were extremely slow-moving. I was glad I persevered but, overall, I think McEwan sacrificed the plot to the lesson. The approach to the story-line was so oblique that the reader was always wondering where events and people fit in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennywren1965 | 11/26/2013

    " Great storyline, characters well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 11/24/2013

    " A story line of false accusations, forgiveness, and where it takes peoples' lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nayera Ahmed | 10/31/2013

    " Not a book i liked unfortunately. Made me feel very disgruntled. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alina | 6/27/2013

    " So boring I couldn't get past the first few chapters! I had to force to read even that much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selma Touati | 4/12/2013

    " I've been obsessed by this story long after finishing the book. I guess it's the sign of a good read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen Vila | 3/21/2013

    " I read for entertainment, and that's what my rating is based on. This book might have great literary value, but I frankly found it kind of slow and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Bowling | 2/27/2013

    " If you're looking for something that will rip your heart apart and crush every fiber of your soul in equal measure, this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michal | 2/25/2013

    " amazing writing! such tension. worth reading again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/8/2013

    " I tried to read but it just did not hold my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trevor Shane | 1/8/2013

    " I hate when I know the writing is great and it simply doesn't move me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffie Corcoran | 12/23/2012

    " What is truth? What is story? What is love? This incredible and lyrical novel tackles all the Big Subjects with profound skill and grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall Fayle | 12/8/2012

    " Good, maybe a little overrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley Rollins | 11/6/2012

    " Loved the book. The movie a disaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deedee Dudley | 7/29/2012

    " I loved this book, but I had to read a lot of light, happy stuff after to clear my mind! Such a tragedy, but a wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 6/15/2012

    " Great book! I really loved it... it contains so much more detail than the movie. Read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/14/2012

    " Loved this book! The scene in the library was hot, but the ending was so sad. Still loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriangkrai Vathanalaoha | 1/31/2012

    " What I love most about this book is the "ending". Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Bartolomei | 1/22/2012

    " This book started slow for me. Until the letter came into play I was having trouble staying interested, but once it does... He is an excellent writer. Be patient, it's worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/26/2011

    " Very well written account of a regretful decision made by a thirteen year old girl. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dariosk | 11/7/2011

    " intellectual crap.
    not an ounce of life in this book.

    if some readers hate romance novels because they're cheap sentimental stuff
    they should realise that purely mental books with no real characters or
    emotions are just as bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Pomerico | 11/7/2011

    " This was not my favorite Ian McEwan novel--I just didn't find myself sucked in the same way i was with Saturday or Amsterdam. I wonder if he's just better at short and sweet, and when he goes deeper, he gets a bit too much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarah | 11/3/2011

    " Beautifully written, as with McEwan's other novels. Saturday was a shorter novel, too, like this one, but seemed more easily contained. I was less compelled by this novel overall than his other two, but look forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 10/30/2011

    " I came upon by accident in the UMaine library, but I'm glad I did. A short, interesting and enjoyable novel of intrigue, pride and morality. With the power out for most of the day, reading the book was much more enjoyable than getting caught up on work e-mail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/20/2011

    " Highly over rated. Such shallow, self- centered people. No one I could identify with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 10/16/2011

    " read a bunch of mcewan after I liked atonement...very disappointed in this one, couldn't believe it when I saw it won this award. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 9/26/2011

    " Standard beautiful prose from McEwan, not to mention immensely readable. Can't help but feel though, that the rather melodramatic and unrealistic ending spoils what was a beautifully unravelled plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/24/2011

    " Well, that was a stretch. The first half was ok, but the end was a major disconnect for me. I do not see how McEwan could justify the events which ended the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 9/15/2011

    " Wow. Why don't I read McEwan more often? This reads like a Shakespearean - or, no, more like an operatic (because of the music) plot. The symmetry, the characters, the weighty moral issues and conundrums. I found the descriptions of Clive's music and composition process particularly appealing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wim | 9/8/2011

    " A short novel with a novel ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/6/2011

    " Can understand why it won the booker. Didn't see the end coming at all. Not sure I really know the end and found that really great. Do we really know what motivates others? Do we really know what happens in real life? It is all so subjective!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/5/2011

    " I'm struggling to get into this book. But I love this author , um, A LOT! He is so clever. "

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About the Author
Author Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as the children’s novel illustrated by Anthony Browne, The Daydreamer. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. Some of his other award-winning novels include The Child in Time, Amsterdam, and Atonement—which became a popular film.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.