The Robber Bride

Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Original Publish Date: Aug 02, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (20.20 hours)
Product Number: Z100023966
Released: Aug 02, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307940636
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
Publisher: Books on Tape
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale One of Margaret Atwood's most unforgettable characters lurks at the center of this intricate novel like a spider in a web. The glamorous, irresistible, unscrupulous Zenia is nothing less than a fairy-tale villain in the memories of her former friends. Roz, Charis, and Tony—university classmates decades ago—were reunited at Zenia's funeral and have met monthly for lunch ever since, obsessively retracing the destructive swath she once cut through their lives. A brilliantly inventive fabulist, Zenia had a talent for exploiting her friends' weaknesses, wielding intimacy as a weapon and cheating them of money, time, sympathy, and men. But one day, five years after her funeral, they are shocked to catch sight of Zenia: even her death appears to have been yet another fiction. As the three women plot to confront their larger-than-life nemesis, Atwood proves herself a gleefully acute observer of the treacherous shoals of friendship, trust, desire, and power.

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Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Product Number EB00148677
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780307797971

Professional reviews

"Charis, Roz, and Tony are haunted by Zenia, a man-eating master manipulator from their college days. They are almost literally haunted--as they thought Zenia was dead until she reappeared to wreak havoc on their settled middle-aged lives. Bernadette Dunne's throaty purr nicely portrays both Zenia's predatory ways and the trio's grown-up concerns. The story jumps back and forth in time, so listeners get to hear Zenia's past exploits and present-day psychological torture. Dunne is especially adept at showing resignation and world-weariness. But the story is not all dark. Dunne has more than a bit of playfulness in her tones, which suits Atwood's penchant for clever wordplay. The youthful edge in Dunne's voice moves beautifully from college-age concerns to middle-aged trials. G.D. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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