On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge.
By the end of the day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life.
Atonement is at its center a profound, and profoundly moving, exploration of shame and forgiveness, and the difficulty in absolution.
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This is one of my all time favorite books. Beautifully written. The movie is really good too!
This is Abridged
Don’t bother with this as the claim it is unabridged is a lie, as others have said.
Really sad that one of the greatest books of this century has been dumbed down and then misrepresented by Audible.
IQs plummet and people wonder why. Thanks Audible for putting money above art.
I bought this to help me keep focused while reading, only to notice that whole paragraphs were skipped. It started off skipping just details, and then skipping major sections. For $9 you should get the whole book, not just bits and pieces.