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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,954 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, 

Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. 

To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Virtuoso fullness…Vigour and wit…A hugely enjoyable novel.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • Moving amid these three women, touching up their portraits with one perfect detail after another, conjuring Zenia from their memories and tears, Atwood is in her glory. What a treasure she is, and what a fine new book she has written. Newsweek
  • [Atwood writes] about her characters' inner lives with the sort of authority and assurance usually associated with autobiographical novels. The reader has the sense that she has complete access to people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations. The New York Times
  • Margaret Atwood continues her long-running roll, offering us the good fortune of yet another disturbing and brilliantly concieved work of fiction? Chicago Tribune 
  • “Moving amid these three women, touching up their portraits with one perfect detail after another, conjuring Zenia from their memories and tears, Atwood is in her glory. What a treasure she is, and what a fine new book she has written.”

    Newsweek

  • Moving amid these three women, touching up their portraits with one perfect detail after another, conjuring Zenia from their memories and tears, Atwood is in her glory. What a treasure she is, and what a fine new book she has written Newsweek
  • Funny, thoughtful, moving. . . . Atwood's plotting is masterful, and her humor is razor-edged, sexy, and raucous. The Washington Post
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1994 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean
  • A 1994 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 1993 Trillium Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/20/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this one. I had zero interest in or sympathy for the three main characters even after 100 pages. Maybe another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Neil | 2/12/2014

    " I quite liked the narrative style but found it a bit heavy going at times and the climax was something of an anti one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ohgirlfriend | 2/3/2014

    " if margaret atwood and zadie smith never met up for coffee, they probably missed out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lillerina | 1/27/2014

    " This book is so great that I find it difficult to be coherent about it. It is beyond question the best Atwood book I've read. It is possibly the best book I've ever read. It is possibly the best book ever written. I can't even put into words - I just flail helplessly and hope that someone understands how great it is. I was explaining it to my partner and I said, 'well it's about these three women. And this other woman, Zenia. And Zenia's not a very good person.' But really it's in the writing, it's in the prose and the insights that Atwood does so well. It's in the structure, with these three four intertwined women's lives and the viewpoints of the three narrator characters, close third person, and how they each see every interaction, and how their lives are ruined by Zenia. And how their lives are not ruined by Zenia, too. It's about love and envy and hatred and passion and being a woman and being a girl. It's about being fantasy made flesh and being flesh made fantasy. These three women (maiden, mother and crone/mind, body and spirit/fates/witches) are messy and complicated and they struggle with the world which struggles with them right back. It's about vulnerability and it's so neatly done, so perfectly encapsulated that it does everything for me. I loved it. I can't wait to read it again. Just, this book. Amazing. "

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