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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192,020 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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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