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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Lessing Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In contemporary London, a loose-knit group of political vagabonds drifts from one cause to the next, picketing and strategizing for hypothetical situations. But within this world, one particular small commune is moving inexorably toward active terrorism.

At its center is Alice Mellings, a brilliant organizer who knows how to cope with almost anything, except the vacuum of her own life. Always reliable, she makes herself indispensable to the commune, earning a precious sense of belonging by denying her own sense of self.

But now, suddenly, the stakes are rising. Some in the group appear to have ties to insurgents in Northern Ireland and even to Soviets who are “recruiting.” A small bomb set off on a deserted street leads to ideas that are dangerously ambitious, and there is a “professional” who is eager to meet with Alice and discuss her future with his organization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compulsively readable story…vividly displays the full array of Lessing’s superb gifts as a traditional writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vividly displays the full array of Lessing's superb gifts as a traditional writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Narrator Wanda McCaddon] leads the pack, bringing subtleties and shadings to her interpretations that few can equal.” 

    Whitney Scott

  • “A chilling, strangely compelling story—one that will haunt listeners for quite some time…essential for all literature collections; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A 1985 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Bamber | 2/4/2014

    " Not my favourite of Lessing's books by far, The Good Terrorist is still eminently worth reading. Her descriptions of lost souls finding their way into 'revolutionary' squats and making a life there opened a completely new door for me -- I don't know what I thought the lives of terrorists were like, but every page was a surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dusty | 1/30/2014

    " This I found at a discarded books sale sponsored by the McAllen library. Surprising, considering Lessing had been awarded the Nobel Prize less than a month previous. Librarians sometimes don't know what they have, I guess. Anyway, the book grabbed me instantly. And though the characters made horrible and embarrassing choices throughout, I can't say I ever stopped loving them. The only part I really did not love was the final sentence, which I don't want to reveal (in case you're interested in the novel) but which seems to me too openly judgmental on Lessing's part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " Dark and weird, with characters it was often hard to feel sympathetic to, but still compelling. The characters felt believable, and I was fascinated with Alice's ability to read and manipulate people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Irvine | 1/10/2014

    " I found this book utterly compelling and I finished it knowing it would come back to haunt me for a long time. The book is told largely through Alice's eyes and the reader is inevitably drawn to some extent into her deeply flawed view of the world whilst realizing its blinkered and distorted aspects. Parallels between Alice Mellings and Alice in Wonderland are irresistable. However, despite her centrality Alice is only one person in a house full of damaged people, each living in their own fantasy world whilst coping or trying to cope with the harsh world around them. As individuals each character appears as a failed attempt to come to terms with their own demons whilst trying to remake the world into one they can control and understand. However, the group dynamics between the characters - each re-enforcing the others' fantasies - makes a complex and complicated book. The revolutionary pretensions of the characters debunk the far left but the capitalist society in which they operate is also unattractive and harsh. Police brutality, uncaring bureaucracy and bourgeois arrogance are all depicted and the disfunctional residents in the house are all products of this society. Finally, the house in which they live is itself, in one sense, a 'character' in the book. Neglected and uncared for, with sinister dry rot threatening from the loft the house becomes the focus for Alice's attempts to make a comfortable, supportive environment with bowls of nourishing soup dispensed from the large table in the newly renovated kitchen. It is an attractive idyll and as Alice herself states more than once she knows she 'forgets things' as she creates her 'wonderland'. This book will keep giving long after it has been finished. "

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