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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Margaret Atwood isacknowledged as one of the foremost writers of our time. In Moral Disorder, she has created a series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it—those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. As in a photograph album, time is measured in sharp, clearly observed moments. The ’30s, the ’40s, the ’50s, the ’60s, the ’70s, the ’80s, the ’90s, and the present —all are here. The settings vary: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests.

“The Bad News” is set in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. The narrative then switches time as the central character moves through childhood and adolescence in “The Art of Cooking and Serving,” “The Headless Horseman,” and “My Last Duchess.” We follow her into young adulthood in “The Other Place” and then through a complex relationship, traced in four of the stories: “Monopoly,” “Moral Disorder,” “White Horse,” and “The Entities.” The last two stories, "The Labrador Fiasco" and "The Boys at the Lab," deal with the heartbreaking old age of parents but circle back again to childhood, to complete the cycle.

By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood’s celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage. As the New York Times has said: "The reader has the sense that Atwood has complete access to her people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Douglas | 1/23/2014

    " A fascinating collection of interrelated short stories about one woman's life. In some of the stories, the woman is a central characters; in others, she plays more of a peripheral role. The result is a collection of stories not unlike what is recounted at a family reunion when people start sharing memories. The stories aren't quite in order; and it's not always obvious how the stories - or the characters - tie together until you take time to mull over them after the fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lydia | 1/22/2014

    " I loved this book, the beautiful ability to capture childhood as we all experienced it, maybe. Close, believing your special, later going on and doing all those mundane things our parents did. I'm very glad Atwood decided to create these loosely knit biographical stories--they're so different from her other fare like Handmaid's Tale, Oryx & Crake, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea DeAngelis | 1/12/2014

    " A heart-rending book of semi-autobiographical stories, many of these stories images and trials will stay with me a long time. The only story that didn't stir me completely was the very first one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sara | 1/8/2014

    " I don't know . . . the writing was good of course . . . but the content just didn't appeal to me. I don't think there was enough life in the stories for me. They were pleasantly unsettling at times, but maybe too dreamy for my taste. "

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