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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781501944222
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One of the world’s most acclaimed novelists, New York Times bestselling author Ian McEwan has earned the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A tour de force of stunning power, The Cement Garden is a beautiful yet disturbing look at the psychology of childhood. After their parents die, four children are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose—but they must preserve a terrible secret.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 2/15/2014

    " It was more a novella than a novel. I didn't like it. It is like a macabrae version of The Boxcar Children. I guess it could happen, but it was depressing. The father was an odd character. The mother seemed okay, but none of the kids were likeable. I have read two other books by the author and they were much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Davison | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting story, but it didn't really go anywhere with the family. Liked the images it described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aldana D'Abundo | 1/26/2014

    " Disturbingly beautiful... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/22/2014

    " This was a very strange novel from start to finish. There's elements of incest, which were disturbing to me, but not enough to stop reading the book. It was an easy read, but very dark and sad in many ways. I would only recommend it to those who aren't easily bothered by unhappy endings and descriptions of incest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ting | 1/15/2014

    " A very quick read albeit highly disturbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 London | 1/8/2014

    " This book is fucked up. Kind of wish I hadn't read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Stribley | 11/14/2013

    " Disturbing, compelling story of lost siblings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alastair Metcalf | 11/7/2013

    " Immensely decent. Not enough pages to justify McEwan's quality here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy | 5/5/2013

    " Pretty good. Very strange, somewhat disturbing, but pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/2/2013

    " Good quick read, very dark, bit sick in places! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 12/10/2012

    " Wierd. Not necessarily recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Klanderman | 11/15/2012

    " somewhat depressing book. First one i've read by this author. have another on order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofia | 8/14/2012

    " Strange uncomfortable little book. Well written, though, as is usual from Mr. McEwan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Slushy Mccormick | 12/31/2011

    " gruesome and terrible and nearly perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 12/28/2011

    " Reaaaally messed up. Half the McEwan I've read, like his collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites, makes my eyes go wide with stuff I've never even imagined. I haven't figured out if that's a good thing or not. I do know that it is quite disturbing at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 11/30/2011

    " I think Ian McEwan is one of our best story-tellers since Somerset Maugham and a much better writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcos | 9/9/2011

    " I liked this. Very kinky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DL | 6/21/2011

    " Wow. McEwan's early stuff sure touches on difficult topics. Not for the morally squeamish, but still wonderful storytelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/23/2011

    " Well written but creepily strange with an unsatisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conor | 5/3/2011

    " kind of creepy beware. mcewan's first novel, the start of his mastery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 4/28/2011

    " It's a great short read.
    Twisted family, starting with the father. A pity for them :S
    Sue seems to be the most normal of all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandra | 4/27/2011

    " Extremely disturbing. And yet. Only an exceptional writer can write something like this and get away with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " It's so interesting to read the Goodreads reviews on this book. So many people dislike it intensely. There's no doubt that it's a deeply disturbing book, but I think it's brilliant. I don't think I'll ever read it again. I don't need to. It was that visceral.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/16/2011

    " One of McEwan's darker books: cleverly written and perfectly constructed. A shocking story about a family of children who are orphaned and how they deal with their new situation. Despite the shocking nature of the book, it has a realistic feel to it. It could really happen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/12/2011

    " A fascinating, but extremely disturbing book! It is certainly not for everyone, but as an Ian McEwan fan, it was so interesting to read his first novel. This is one that you will probably either love or you will hate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 3/7/2011

    " McEwan is fast becoming a favorite author, this short novel tackles 4 children who try to carry on in their home after their parents' death, pychologically compelling, warning--incest involved "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/1/2011

    " Shocking. Tense. Your worst nightmares when you wonder how people are so messed up and do such cruel things to each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/21/2011

    " From a master of the genre of Somewhat Disturbing, I enjoyed this short but interesting book. Would rate it 3 1/2 stars but can't get that happening here. I'm a bit stingy with my stars, I should point out. I'd have to be raving about one to give it 5 (or have been smitten with it for years). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/19/2011

    " Enjoyable if not a bit surreal and most definitely bizarre. "

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About the Author
Author Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as the children’s novel illustrated by Anthony Browne, The Daydreamer. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. Some of his other award-winning novels include The Child in Time, Amsterdam, and Atonement—which became a popular film.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.