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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307939944
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Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Many readers will identify painfully with Atwood’s deft descriptions of the betrayals, exclusions, and power plays of Elaine’s friends…Childhood’s particular anguish has been told before, but Atwood is exceptional in her steady, dry-eyed revelation of the truth.”

    Library Journal

  • “A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic…The story of Elaine’s childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The best book in a long time on female friendships…Cat’s Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “Stunning…Atwood conceives Elaine with a poet’s transforming fire; and delivers her to us that way, a flame inside an icicle.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A work of intensity and tart wit.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Nightmarish, evocative, heartbreaking.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic...the story of Elaine's childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer. Boston Sunday Globe
  • Stunning...Atwood conceives Elaine with a poet's transforming fire; and delivers her to us that way, a flame inside an icicle. Los Angeles Times
  • Nightmarish, evocative, heartbreaking. The New York Times Book Review
  • The best book in a long time on female friendships... Cat's Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom. Cosmopolitan
  • The best book in a long time on female friendships... Cat's Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom. Cosmopolitan
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1989 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Love | 2/16/2014

    " This was my fav maragaret Atwood book, good girl book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bean | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful book. Especially resonates for anyone who had mean friends in middle school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyle | 2/11/2014

    " Atwood's pages flutter with the paraphernalia of old life. Dirty, sacred; a misanthropic tour of the mind, art, human behavior and a post World War II Toronto. A tribute to our pasts, it offers an important and poignant insight into the childhood pathological. A fast favorite. You will feel estranged, astral, but most importantly you will remember. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy L. Campbell | 2/10/2014

    " Two stars and a waffle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book earlier this year or sometime last year. It's an excellent study of a girl who was very impressionable and was led around quite a bit by another girl when they were young. Now as an adult, the girl is back in her hometown for an art exhibit. The story weaves together the tale from the past and the one happening in the present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Stevens | 1/31/2014

    " Autobiographical, except the subject is a painter. A story of the profound loneliness at the heart of each of us. At least, it resonated with me. I didn't enjoy reading it. But I felt drawn to finish it. "

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

    " What Margaret Atwood does best: a woman's life, told from her point of view. Cat's Eye is the story of a painter who's retrospective show brings her to reflect on her childhood in Toronto. It's almost difficult to read this book, because the junior high girl fights ring so true. Ultimately, it's an interesting story and comment on the way early friendships shape relationships later on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.M. | 1/19/2014

    " Read this in college. This book is awesome. It touches that tender spot inside us all where the bully's taunts still echo from our younger years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Fortin | 1/18/2014

    " Cynical and observational. Or cynically observational. Atwood's wit and nuance is unmatched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomereader | 1/18/2014

    " Its a shame this one never won the Booker as in my opinion, its a better read than The Blind Assassin. Its a study of how childhood traumas are revisited in adulthood, written in a clear and undramatic way which leaves the reader to judge their emotional impact on the protagonist. There are also some astute observations of family life, art and the women's movement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/21/2013

    " There are a lot of tough themes in this book. Particularly childhood bullying. The narrator recounts her childhood friendship with three neighborhood girls. They are very cruel to her. I felt very anxious while reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 12/19/2013

    " I would name Margaret Atwood as my favorite author ... I love her novels as well as her poems. I recall my youth when I read her books. Cats Eye could have been me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 11/18/2013

    " Oh, Margaret Atwood writes so beautifully! Why must all her books be so freaking depressing? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kate | 10/11/2013

    " After reading this book into the early hours of the morning, I woke up feeling old, cheap, and misplaced. Nonetheless, I cannot ignore Atwood's ability to weave a story. She has talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Holland | 8/24/2012

    " This novel was a bit dark for my taste, and it made me a little sad. I probably won't read more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara Shaw | 7/31/2012

    " It has stuck with me after many many years, but painfully so, kind of like memories of adolescence. Wonderfully written, but excruciating at times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H Macarthur | 7/25/2012

    " Favourite-ever Atwood book. Exquisitely written with prose and imagery that lingers with you after the book is finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/17/2012

    " I liked this book, but found myself skimming parts of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 4/4/2012

    " An artist grows up in Toronto and this book tells about the effects of her relationships on her life and art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 3/23/2012

    " One of Atwood's insightful efforts about people, in this case young girls. Almost painful but she's so dead on. Not down the sci fi vein of many of her other books, as I recall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deede | 1/16/2012

    " I reread this book after many many years and it was as awesome as ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 11/5/2011

    " Originally read for college class. Just reread. Didn't care for story line or written style that moved between present and past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Genovese | 11/5/2011

    " Ripped my heart out. Made me love Atwood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 10/9/2011

    " This was my first Margaret Atwood book. Thank you, Dr. Beckett, for introducing me to my favorite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ Porteous | 10/6/2011

    " Definitely my favourite from the author and possibly my favourite book of all time. Sheer literary perfection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 8/29/2011

    " Robber Bride and Cat's Eye are my too most favorite Margaret Atwood books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/10/2011

    " I don't think I have read a book so beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 7/7/2011

    " Wonderful. Read it in Thailand. When I was finished, I traded it for Robber Bride at a used bookstore, and the owner told me someone else had just traded Robber Bride for Cat's Eye the same morning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 6/26/2011

    " rereading this now. margaret atwood's writing is intensely personal. her ability to render psychology is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra | 6/25/2011

    " I tried really hard to like this book, but the characters ended up annoying me too much. Elaine seems weak on her own accord. It might just be because I can't relate to her enough, but I didn't find it all too realistic how affected she was by her childhood friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymond | 6/25/2011

    " Quite remarkable so far. I will admit that this book is my first Atwood book. Atwood's prose had me in its clutches by the middle of the second page. Laura and I are reading the book out loud to each other. Can't wait to get back to the book tonight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 6/19/2011

    " The portrayal of the child Elaine's isolation and alienation made it hard to put this down, hard to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 6/8/2011

    " psychological, beautiful prose, nonlinear timeline, female friendship, troubled childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhianna | 5/30/2011

    " I can usually never choose favorites, but this is a rare exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 5/29/2011

    " This book is so incredibly BORING. "

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

    " This is my favourite book I've ever read. It changed my life. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize, Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. In 2005 Atwood received the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award. She lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.