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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

Neurosurgeon Henry Perowne enjoys life immensely and considers himself fortunate to love the woman he's married to. As he makes his way through an immense London crowd of Iraq protestors, he has a minor automobile accident. His trained eye immediately senses something neurologically wrong with Baxter, the other driver. So when the confrontational Baxter visits the Perowne home later that evening and events take a tragic turn, it is Henry who must employ his skills to save Baxter.

McEwan has been hailed as one of the most gifted literary storytellers alive by The New Republic, and Saturday is further proof of that claim.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristyna Vogel | 2/19/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this rather masculine meandering mess. Laboriously dense and pretentious. "

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

    " Read for "Page to Bedside: Literature and Medicine", an elective I am taking as part of medical school. The book is very well written, with an artistic style. I felt like I was actually in Dr. Perowne's head, privy to his most mundane and most intimate thoughts. The entire book takes place on one Saturday, and even though it was a very long and eventful day I struggled with the pace of the book a bit. I have been informed that this is a literary style, sort of a pivotal "day in the life" of the principal character, but I am more accustomed to books that cover some more ground temporally speaking. Touches on some interesting topics, (view spoiler)[like the state of the world with terrorism and such, the ethics of using medical training/knowledge to gain an advantage over an adversary and possibly do them harm (emotional/physical/whatev), operating on patients that you have a history with. In my opinion, he was completely justified using whatever means he could to avoid a fight (kinda like a person with marital arts training, you know avoid fighting whenever possible) even if it did make Baxter look weak in front of his homies. Also, when Baxter invaded his home with a weapon all bets are off, and Perowne can lie, exploit, and even use violence to defend himself and his family. The guy had a knife to his wife's neck and made his daughter strip, so yeah, Perowne was justified in lying to him about a fake clinical trial and in bashing his head on the stairs. Saying he can't use his medical knowledge to his advantage is like saying a ninja shouldn't use his ninja skills to womp the punk who is trying to slice his wife's throat. Of course the ninja can karate chop. Of course the surgeon can make false medical promises. Of course the daughter can take false credit for a poem she didn't write. Anyone who says different is entitled to their opinion I suppose, but I don't see it. (hide spoiler)] Some language, some bedroom encounters. You are in the head of a male, privy to ALL of his thoughts. So not necessarily PG. More like R. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard Konecki | 2/10/2014

    " This was my first of Ian's books and it hooked me in just the first few pages. Reading this felt like eating a rich, heavy bread, fragrant and solid fresh from the oven. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 2/7/2014

    " I sort of enjoyed all the experiences that happened in a day, but the other six people in the book club either didn't finish it or couldn't stand it. It may have been more interesting to me because the book's main character was a neurosurgeon. Enough said. I wouldn't have read it if it was not a book club book. "

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