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Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781436101134

Publisher Description

Ian McEwan has received prestigious awards and international praise for his novels, including Enduring Love. In Atonement, three children lose their innocence--as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935--and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

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Quotes

  • “[A] masterpiece…Atonement is a work of astonishing depth and humanity.”

    - The Economist (London)
  • “An elegant, deeply felt meditation on the power of love and art.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • “This is a thoughtful, provocative, and at times moving book that will have readers applauding.”

    - Amazon.com
  • “This haunting novel…is at once McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “[McEwan] excels brilliantly at depicting moral dilemmas and stressed minds in action without losing a keen sense of the body’s terrible fragility, the touching absurdity of desire, and time’s obstinacy.”

    - Booklist

Awards

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A London Guardian Pick of Best Books of the 21st Century
  • A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Amazing, amazing book. McEwan makes the world seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl so nefarious; her determination to be viewed as an adult leads to a fateful mistake that will forever disrupt several lives including that of her older sister Cecilia and her lover Robbie... "

    - Tasha, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This has to be one of my top 5 all time favorites. The story is incredible. The characters are original and developed in such a way that you can't help but become involved in their stories. I became emotionally attached to each character. The ending of the book completely surprised me. This was the type of book that left me wanting more. "

    - Natalie, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " now this is a great book! "

    - Mara, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " feels. FEELS. after finishing this book i had to sit and contemplate it. it's unlike any book i've ever read. while boring at some parts, everything comes together in the end to make the reader (well at least me) freak out and flail around my room. the narration, while it annoyed me at some parts, was absolutely crucial in making the book stand out to me so much as it did. loved it! "

    - Kelsey, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " How boring....I hate to give up on a book and I hoped it would be better than the movie so I kept trying...oh well "

    - Lynn, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A very good book. Another look at war in England. "

    - Karen, 12/23/2013
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    " The story is really good but sometimes hard to read. "

    - Christina, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An example of Book v Film .... book wins "

    - Michelle, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a WONDERFUL book, one of the best books I have ever read. I had seen the movie some years ago, and fortunately had forgotten alot of the story, which came back to me as I read the book. The movie was excellent too, but really, you must read the book, it's a treasure. "

    - S.M., 9/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Atonement is hands down the best book that I've read by Ian McEwan. "

    - Amicia, 8/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the finest works of fiction I've ever read, disturbing, human, and brilliant. "

    - Marti, 8/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I actually saw the movie first and really liked it a great deal. The book is always better. "

    - Deanne, 6/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

    - Dilligaf, 3/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fantastic book. Beautifully written. Definitely bittersweet and tragic. Great read. "

    - Kristen, 8/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sententies blew me away: well balanced book of a writer's life and coming of age "

    - Geert, 12/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Just could not get into this story! "

    - Juliet, 11/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great study of how one choice can change the lives of many, completely. "

    - Stephen, 11/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 :) "

    - Rochelle, 9/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Kriangkrai, 8/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I’m not a big McEwan fan, but I have to admit this novel is both ingenious and deeply moving. "

    - Taylor, 5/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I preferred the book's ending to the movie's ending. "

    - Alaina, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Antonie, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Lauren, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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, "

    - M.Baradi, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Ses, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Tiffany, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Ingvild, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Vivekananda, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Paula, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a TOUGH book to get through, but I'm glad I did. Good story, but the writing (like it or not) is very metaphorical and hazy. This makes for a slow pace, but the style is somewhat necessary and serves a purpose, once the "twist" ending is revealed. "

    - Laura, 5/13/2011

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the author of more than a dozen books, including either New York Times bestsellers. His novel Amsterdam won the 1998 Book Prize; Atonement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; and The Child in Time won the Whitbread Award. His story collection, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award.

About the Narrator

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.