Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Audiobook, by Margaret Atwood Play Audiobook Sample

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Audiobook

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Audiobook, by Margaret Atwood Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Arthur Morey, Bernadette Dunne, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall, Rob Delaney, Margaret Atwood, various narrators, Emily Janice Card Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553546040

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Longest Chapter Length:

09:41 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

22 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

06:08 minutes

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Publisher Description

A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game. List of Stories and Narrators: ·         “Alphinland” and  “Torching the Dusties” read by Lorna Raver ·         “Revenant” read by Mark Bramhall ·         "Dark Lady” and  “The Dead Hand Loves You” read by Arthur Morey ·         “Lusus Naturae” read by Emily Rankin ·         “The Freeze-Dried Groom” read by Rob Delaney ·         “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth” read by Bernadette Dunne ·         “Stone Mattress” read by Margaret Atwood

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“Nine provocative tales are divided among seven utterly capable voices. The result is an often startling, sometimes humorous, and always satisfying exploration of the human condition. Lorna Raver is clearly energized and engaged with the characters, and her low-pitched voice lends itself well to the stories that open and close the collection, each featuring an older woman who is struggling to balance reality and imagination. Also performing double duty, Arthur Morey is deliberate with pace and pronunciation as he navigates the murky intersection of biography and storytelling. Though she’s tasked with the shortest story, Emily Rankin’s memorable performance belies the innocence of a character whose genetic condition is mistaken for vampirism. The highlight is Margaret Atwood’s reading of the titular story. Her understated delivery and low tones are a chilling combination in this pointed tale of revenge.”

— AudioFile 


  • “These exuberantly told tales are a tour de force of wit, style, and discernment.”

    — O Magazine
  • “Witty and frequently biting…This book’s stories offer characters a chance to put their own understandings of gallantry, courage, and revenge to the test, in ways both mundane and extraordinary.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Eclectic, funny, vibrant, terrifying, beautiful, and utterly delightful.”

    — Boston Globe
  • "[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance…along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood’s novels.”

    — Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "[This] collection is surprisingly unsettling, gripping, and at once laugh-out-loud hilarious. It attains its laudable goal: Myths last over time, and the stories in this book have that very quality. They are timeless, memorable and quite simply fun.”

    — Chicago Tribune
  • “Stylish, acerbic, and wickedly funny…With wit, sympathy, and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind.”

    — Miami Herald
  • “Atwood, a bestselling master of fiction, delivers a stunning collection—her first since 2006’s Moral Disorder. Most of the nine stories feature women who have been wronged as girls but recover triumphantly as adults. Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes…Readers love Atwood’s women, despite, or because of, who they are and what they do…It’s clear that this grande dame is at the top of her game.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Atwood is shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious in her first short-fiction collection since the superb Moral Disorder…Atwood has the raptor’s penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Clever tales about writers, lovers, and other weirdos. This, explains Atwood in the acknowledgments, is a book of tales, not stories…Up to her old tricks and not dropping a card.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • O Magazine Pick of 25 Books Every Woman Should Read in Her Lifetime

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About Margaret Atwood

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice in February 2016.

About the Narrators

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters around the country. Among her many television credits are NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Boston Legal, ER, and Star Trek. She starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell.

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Emily Rankin is an audio narrator and winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Emily Rankin is an audio narrator and winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.