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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Munro Narrator: Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The incomparable Alice Munro’s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about women of all ages and circumstances—and about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who is incapable of leaving her husband. In “Passion,” a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers, in a single moment of insight, the limits and lies of passion. Three stories concern a woman named Juliet—in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls’ school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories, Alice Munro’s understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America…Runaway is a marvel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Runawaymay very well be the synthesizing work of one of literature’s keenest investigators into the human soul.”

    USA Today

  • “The great Alice Munro proves again why short-story writers bow down to her.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “As with so many of Munro’s stories, you read to have your premises altered and deepened. Could anything be better?…A beautiful new work.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “She outjoices Joyce and checkmates Chekhov…Each of the stories in Runaway contains enough lived life to fill a typical novel…Her women are heroic. They endure in the mind of the reader.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Dakin, who also narrated Munro’s last story collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, works successfully in a narrow band of vocals and tones, grasping that these are stories of voice and of distance, in which motive and outcome often remain mysterious, and in which evenness of delivery is part of the drama of the telling.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Award
  • Winner of the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean
  • Winner of the 2004 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • A 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Hornick | 2/16/2014

    " OK book - would not recommend...but wouldn't be the end of the world if you spent some time on it. Not that exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MaryAdair | 2/15/2014

    " I thought about these stories for weeks after finishing the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Gager | 2/8/2014

    " Alice Munro has been able to get inside the life and mind of a narcissistic woman. How? Maybe it's her own life? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kim | 2/8/2014

    " Read this for a book club. Very hard to follow and understand. Very choppy. Most of the book club agreed. "

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