The Blind Assassin

  • by Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Booker Prize, 2000. Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, 2007.
"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." Thus begins The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood's new novel.
Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at 18 to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and 82, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, but in particular on the events surrounding her sister's tragic early death.
Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase a dollop of notoriety as well as a cult following: as Iris says, she herself lives "in the long shadow cast by Laura". Sexually explicit for its time and place, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent '30s between a wealthy young woman and a left-leaning man on the run.


What the Critics Say

"[A] superb reading by Lorelei King." ( The Observer)
"Atwood has never written with more flair and versatility than in this multidimensional novel. A brilliant accomplishment." ( Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent book

I read the Handmaid's Tale when younger but this is the first Margaret Atwood I've 'read' for many years and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What seems at first a series of disparate stories and a bit slow perhaps builds into a gripping conclusion. By the end I couldn't wait to get back on the motorway and find out what happened!

The narration is excellent and I thoroughly recommend this.
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- Paul

Better as an abridged version

Having tried for around 4 years on and off, to read the unabridged book and struggling to engage with it, I finally decided out of pure bloody-minded determination to finish it one way or another, to listen to it instead, and in abridged form as I didn't know if I could handle trudging all the way through the hundreds of pages I'd already read but in audio, just to refresh my memory of the story so far, and my am I glad I did! What an excellent book! I feel haunted by the end of it, and the slow plot reveal in the last quarter was excellent. It seems I actually gave up on the original version just before it got good, but there was no way I could have known that beforehand. Lorelei King as narrator was also excellent, with her changing characterisation in the voices of each character almost sounding like a full cast as opposed to one person. Very enjoyable all round
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- Miss Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited