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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191,625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN:
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On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge.

By the end of the day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life.

Atonement is at its center a profound, and profoundly moving, exploration of shame and forgiveness, and the difficulty in absolution.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/20/2014

    " As I started Atonement, I wasn't sure what to expect. About a quarter of the way through, I almost put it down. I'm so glad I didn't. This engaging story is very thought provoking and deals with some pretty difficult issues. I found the final pages completely engrossing. This is going to be one of those books I don't stop thinking about for a long time. Not for everyone, but if you are looking for something that will make you think, this is a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Souzen | 2/19/2014

    " This book has stayed with me for a long time. An almost terrifying reminder of how powerful a lie can become, and what damage petty jealousy can create. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 2/18/2014

    " I could not put the book down the last 100 pages, which is rare for me. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirri | 2/4/2014

    " A true bestseller. This was just...ay, I cried so much, but its message was so clear to me. A keeper. "

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

    " Novella that vividly portrays all that can go wrong on a wedding night in rural England, when two people come together who are rather naive, relatively damaged, well-intended, and fearful of confrontation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice J | 1/24/2014

    " Read this some time ago, a brilliant book which despite me flatly refusing to attend church, a rather remarkable person who happened to be my local vicar lent to me. A naive but imaginative 13 year old misrepresents a situation, then spends a lifetime trying to work out how to atone for her actions which had had dire consequences. "

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

    " I loved the nuances of the characters reactions , subtly dramatic & satisfying "

  • 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 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 12/5/2013

    " 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 Cheryl | 12/3/2013

    " Quite enjoyed it although I found the conclusion wanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget Swan | 11/19/2013

    " This book did not end the way I wanted it to but it was still great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wren Murray | 10/25/2013

    " in my opinion, this story was ok. the beginning was exciting, but since im not very interested in war books it was hard to read through the majority of the story. otherwise, the story line was great and i recommend this to people who do enjoy war stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Sawaya | 10/15/2013

    " A difficult read as everything in me wanted the inevitable not to happen. Years after I finished the book (and saw the wonderfully adapted film), I would wonder how anybody like Brionny could cope over a lifetime with the levels of guilt. A book that haunts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/15/2013

    " My dearly departed cousin who was brilliant loved old Ian, so I tried. But not so much, my sweet, Nan. I'd give anything to be actually talking to you about books again. Loved the title. Increase awareness for ovarian cancer! It's a quick but cruel silent killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briylee Camp | 9/6/2013

    " Not bad. Not sure how I feel about the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Derkazarian | 5/15/2013

    " Starts slowly but then, WOW! A complex and beautiful thriller/period piece. Stick with it and you will be riveted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Rosen | 4/18/2013

    " Really wanted to like it but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Dewberry | 3/11/2013

    " This was well written, but for me it was not worth reading because of all the fowl language. I had a different (and much more satisfying) ending in mind as well. Not one I would recommend to my friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 12/27/2012

    " Well written, English family drama. Not my cup of tea but a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 11/4/2012

    " Uff-da. Beautiful prose and heart-wrenching story. My favorite parts are probably where McEwan draws thin the veil between the story and the writing process. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lianne | 2/24/2012

    " I didn't really like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fin Ariffin | 12/30/2011

    " A heartbreaking story, when you realized in the end that the so called "happy ending" was created by Briony Tallis herself to (most probably) covers her guilt towards her sister Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner. A very brilliant story with a heartache spin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 12/5/2011

    " Amazing novel with a disturbing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 11/6/2011

    " I think this was my second Ian McEwan book- Saturday is my favourite but I strongly enjoyed this- much better than the movie-thoguh Kiera Knightley's green dress in the movie is stunning :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 10/1/2011

    " An exquisitely written, intriguing and compelling novel about a life time spent atoning for the mistake of a 13 year old girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Binu KG | 9/30/2011

    " A truly captivating story of how one single unfortunate incident affects the lives of the people involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia Favela | 7/15/2011

    " I enjoyed it even though it was depressing. Briony's child like naivete and audacity was well written. And the ending was tragic as they sometimes are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonie | 5/23/2011

    " I wish that I hadn't seen the movie, because I think the story works best if you can let it unfold and not try to guess at what happens next. The writing it beautiful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/22/2011

    " There is a reason this was made into a movie. Best McEwan book I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.Baradi | 5/21/2011

    " Three-point-five stars was what I had in mind. But four-stars will do. I love the prose, the momentum of its flow. And it's quiet a sad book. I suppose the best method of atonement is storytelling, especially the way story can revise something in memory, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ses | 5/21/2011

    " Was a little disappointed in this book. It was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/21/2011

    " One of the best books that I have ever read, period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingvild | 5/19/2011

    " This was a book I chose to read picked out for my in depth study in English this winter. Mostly because I've seen the movie and liked that very much. For me "Atonement" was a good thinking book, with a lot of nice descriptions. "

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

    " Consistently amazing sentence construction, though at some points the narrative seemed a bit soft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2011

    " Intelligent and captivating read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 5/14/2011

    " I'm not sure if I was just reading this book at the wrong time or if I really couldn't just get into it but after almost 1/3 of the way through, I still wasn't pulled in. Every time I started reading it, I struggled to stay focused. Finally I just gave up and moved on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alvina | 5/12/2011

    " Drama!! nggak jelek jelek banget, tapi sayangnya aku jg nggak terlalu suka ama drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/11/2011

    " The prose is gorgeous, the story is heartbreaking. Love it. "

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

    " The novel takes you on an exploration of shame and a journey to find absolution for one’s actions. Great story with a very sad ending. It was a difficult read at times, but overall,I enjoyed the journey. "

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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

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.