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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,712 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Munro Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780739339824
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In stories that are more personal than any that she has written before, Alice Munro pieces her family history into gloriously imagined fiction.

A young boy is taken to Edinburgh Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World. Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape, and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings.

Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected–these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 2/20/2014

    " Nice collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 1/20/2014

    " I just lost the review of this when I changed editions, a review which I had spent considerable time creating. May try later today to recreate. D..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Anderson | 1/13/2014

    " Beautiful book about Scottish immigrants and the lives of their descendants (including the author) in Canada...infused with a wee bit of magic. I don't understand how Middlesex became so popular while this amazing book didn't! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathee | 1/13/2014

    " In general, I love Alice Munro. Her stories are so tightly constructed, so insightful, so surprising. In this book, Munro interweaves fact and fiction; she fictionalizes the story of her family immigrating to Canada and their descendants. It's a really interesting experiment--and one that creates a strange reading experience. With each story, I was curious about how much was factual and how much was invented. And it's certainly true that our understanding of the past is imagined rather than an exact replica of what happened. I did love the ending where Munro reflects on one's place in the fabric of family. Ultimately, however, I wasn't crazy about the book. For the most part, I didn't think the stories were as compelling as her other work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/9/2014

    " It's interesting to read this along with her early work, Lives of Girls and Women. The basic semi-autobiographical story is similar, but given fictional and nonfictional treatments. Alice Munro had such fantastic insight into the human condition, even in her early work. Extraordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 hope | 12/31/2013

    " more in her traditional fictions, in these "fictionalized nonfictions," munro reminded me so much of didion's essays--the style of observation, detached deadpan insights, layers of character encapsulating a life in a gesture, interaction, or moment with another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabina Chen | 12/10/2013

    " This was the most "memoir" from a beloved writer. Munro applies her storyteller's eye to her own life. Feels as familiar as a good friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 11/24/2013

    " I would recommend this to fans of Alice Munro. For first time readers of Munro's work, I would suggest her less autobiographical short stories. These don't have quite the same richness and texture as her other collections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 9/21/2013

    " This collection of inter-related short stories is so perfectly crafted it is difficult to put down. Loosely based on the author's family of origin, beginning with a very colorful early 17th century Scotsman and continuing ro present time Canada. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violetheron | 8/28/2013

    " Not my favorite Alice Munro -- a little sprawling, not as tightly-constructed as her usual, but really... can you go wrong with Alice? Nope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 7/26/2013

    " Heard excellent Random House Audio of unabridged selections read b Kimberly Farr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Gilman | 4/27/2013

    " It has never taken me so long to finish a book by Munro so I have to believe this is not her strongest. She takes on her own family history back in Scotland to fictionalize the journey of her linage to Canada, all the way to young adulthood in Canada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendaz890 | 8/5/2012

    " I read the story "Fathers" from this collection. It was interesting to see the differences in how abuse was perceived and handled many years ago than how it is dealt with today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RH Walters | 5/27/2012

    " No matter the book or the story there's always something I never forget from Munro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 4/30/2012

    " I didn't love every story in the collection, but there were moments that were just so perfect, especially in the later years of her grandparents, parents and herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/29/2012

    " Loved these stories. Munro has a wonderful ear for dialogue and believable characters. Brought me back to many childhood moments and thoughts of my own Scottish ancestry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan13 | 1/23/2012

    " Alice Munro is fabulous. A beautiful writer. She has the ability to guide you right into that world she's created and make you not want to leave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/11/2011

    " Ultimately disappointing though there were some *really good things about these stories. It's on the 3.5 lean of 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Fossett-walsh | 10/14/2011

    " One of my favorite authors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 joelene | 9/30/2011

    " It was good. Kind of wierd because the author switched tenses and times very fluidly (word?) but I was in the mood to be distracted by something other than school and this did just the trick! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Barney | 8/3/2011

    " Alice Munro does a wonderful job in her fictional writing of her ancestors travels from Scotland to Canada. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/11/2011

    " I tell everyone I know who reads about Alice Munro and William Trevor.
    For all the good it does... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 2/25/2011

    " Loved it because I had a similar intimacy with the Canadian roads she described with such sentimate. I also had traveled to Scotland to trace my family about the same time. I read this in my final of 6 years living in the UK and it made my heart vibrate with recognition and desire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/23/2010

    " I listened to this in the car on an audiobook and I think that lent an extra amount of dreaminess to the experience -- the book felt very long and like being on a journey. One of the stories was so jarring and touching I had to listen to it more than once. Good stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/21/2010

    " Nada, no me produjo nada. Munro, es sinónimo de short stories, no de novelas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 11/18/2010

    " I love how these stories tied together old family history and more recent memoir--they seemed all "true" but Munro states that she fictionalized some details about characters in her own life as well as the sections about her ancestors. They were as much about place as about people also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violetheron | 11/1/2010

    " Not my favorite Alice Munro -- a little sprawling, not as tightly-constructed as her usual, but really... can you go wrong with Alice? Nope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julio César | 10/23/2010

    " What a great book. So excellently written, an astounding inquiry into the author's very own family who came from Scotland in early XIXth century.
    I don't know how the people of Anagrama have managed with the translation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 9/17/2010

    " This book just was not my cup of tea. I did not finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Munro

Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published eleven collections of stories and two volumes of selected stories, as well as a novel. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, the United States’ National Book Critics Circle Award, the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.