Yes,the music for the songs is pretty cheesy, but taken in context, I think the bland catchiness is just perfect for the hymnal of God's Gardeners,and the lyrics are often quite funny. I enjoyed this listen very much, as I found the narrators quite good, and I was intrigued by Atwood's dystopia and it's details. Another reviewer found the ending "unresolved," but I found the open-endedness thought-provoking as the author gives us plenty of clues as to what might happen (nothing particularly happy or pretty, in my opinion). I have read a lot of speculative fiction of the dystopic/post-apocalyptic variety and I appreciated Atwood's humor.
Agree with the first review by Valerie. The music was awful.
I do not agree with the other reviews though this was a great story. I had a hard time putting it down.
If there were not songs in the book I would give it a 5. But I do not listen to audio books to hear bad singers sing songs.
Other than that it is great.
I did not enjoy this second book in the trilogy nearly as much as I did the first largely because of one the narrators - Bernadette Dunne - reads as if she is voicing a cartoon. Her characters come off as caricatures, not people. Really too bad. I also could have done with out all the hymn-singing, even tho they were written by Atwood. They were just silly and pulled me out of the narrative. I recommend listening to "Oryx and Crake," then reading the next two in the series. I think this would have sounded better in my head.
I loved Oryx & Crake and am thrilled that the brilliant Margaret Atwood has chosen to continue the story.
The narrators were good, but the production suffers from the hairbrained idea that it would add to the story to actually record Atwood's song lyrics as actual songs.
In the same way that some actors go overboard in "performing" certain books (not this one thankfully). The producer here went WAY overboard by adding something that is ONLY possible in an audio book by adding music.
I don't listen to books from Audible to hear a performance, I listen because I don't have time to sit and read, so I prefer my books to be as unadulterated as possible.
I hope the producers of this book recognize that such over the top adulteration is a mistake and stop it in future.
Love, love, love this book/trilogy. Margaret Atwood is my new obsession. But good god, the musical interpretations of the God's Gardeners songs are super annoying. Really cheesy music. It took me out of the story each time the songs came on. But otherwise it's a great book.
This is quite a performance! The songs really made it for me. They were just the right amount of cheesy to fit their purpose. I love Atwood, and this is definitely an amazing series.
I would recommend this book to anyone that kies reading about a mad scientist's version of the future. I enjoy reading, listening and watching possible pathes that our future could take. But I found this one a little confusing. I wasn't sure that the timeline was supposed to be.
Out of the the four that I have read and/or listened to this would be the 4th.
Margaret Atwood's books are suspenseful and imaginative which makes them interesting. She gives peeks into the future and then fills in the story.
The is the 2nd of a 3 book trilogy. I don't think it could stand alone.
I like Doctor Who.
I depend on reviews when deciding upon which book to buy next. The reviewers I follow have mixed opinions on this title and after listening, I understand why. This book is definitely not for everyone. The subject matter is extremely dreary and this book is not so much a continuation of "Oryx and Crake" than it is a supplement to it. That said, I found this book intensely interesting. Enjoyable? Maybe not, but it held my attention and now that I'm finished with it, I'm glad I took the time to listen.
As I said above, this builds more on "Oryx and Crake" than continues it. "The Year of the Flood" contains stories of two new(ish) characters, Toby and Ren, and through them, an entire cast of characters outside the corporation compounds. In this, you get a better sense of the world in which Jimmy lived, as well as the people that were around him. Luckily, these people are all just as interesting as Jimmy. Some, even more so.
The production values of this book are top-notch. I've enjoyed Bernadette Dunne's work in other novels, and she's even better here. Mark Bramhall is one of my favorites and my only criticism is that he doesn't have a larger role. Katie MacNichol holds her own among these other two narrators that I love. There's also music in this recording. Typically, music in audiobooks makes me cringe and while I can't say that any of the songs are going on my mp3 player, these aren't as cringe-inducing as the narrator simply reading the lyrics or half-heartedly singing them. The songs are well-produced, corny though they may be.
With an author like Margaret Atwood, you know you're going to get a solidly constructed, beautifully written story, but I hesitate to recommend this book to everyone. This book is bleak and there is no comic relief. If you like apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction, you may enjoy this, but don't expect to feel especially joyful when you're finished.
I was very pleased with this follow up to oryx and crake, which set a high standard. Everything about the audio book was good. My least favorite part were the "songs" which are little clips of songs that are integrated with the story-- they went on a bit too long. But that is such a small, easily ignored part of the whole audio book. Great narration.