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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2015 ISBN: 9781436101134
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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 thirteen-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 & Awards

  • “This is a thoughtful, provocative, and at times moving book that will have readers applauding.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “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

Listener Opinions

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

    " 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... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Steen | 2/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 2/2/2014

    " now this is a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey Haywood | 1/31/2014

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 1/21/2014

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Alexander | 12/23/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina A | 11/27/2013

    " The story is really good but sometimes hard to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.M. | 9/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amicia Rai | 8/8/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti Garlett | 8/7/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 6/4/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dilligaf | 3/14/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Lloyd | 8/29/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geert | 12/6/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juliet Lescynski | 11/26/2011

    " Just could not get into this story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/17/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 9/27/2011

    " 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 :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriangkrai Vathanalaoha | 8/10/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 5/24/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina | 5/23/2011

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

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/13/2011

    " 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. "

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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

Carole Boyd’s theater work includes a year performing with Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough Company where she created the role of June in Way Upstream, while her television credits include Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Mystery!: Campion. Boyd also plays the notorious Lynda Snell in The Archers, is a regular reader on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and has won three audiobook awards for her recordings.