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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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