The characters were not memorable. I found this disappointing and depressing.
And please no more singing in audio books.
In Year of the Flood the majority of the book took place in the narrators past, which seemed incredibly trite. It spent too much time on the hijinks of teenage girls: going to the mall, which boys they like, talking behind each other's backs. Only about 10% of the book was set in present Oryx and Crake time. In Oryx and Crake time bounced back regularly between present and Jimmy's past to keep the pacing going well with the back story.
All three narrators mispronounced corps and in Corpsecorps. Which was incredibly annoying and kind of shocking that three professional narrators don't know how corps is pronounced.
The final chapter sort of followed up on the cliffhanger in Oryx and Crake.
No, I rarely re-listen to (or re-read) books.
Bernadette Dunne (narrator for the character Toby) had a terrible habit of ending her sentences with an upward inflection, making every statement into a half-question. This stopped about 2/3rds of the way in, or perhaps I finally became desensitized to it.
My only real complaint was with Bernadette Dunne's narration. I will be avoiding anything narrated by her in the future.
I enjoyed this listen and would listen to it again. Yes, the songs are cheesy. Yes, the book meanders and, besides for the end of the world as we know it, not much happens. However, there are a number of highly redeeming features about the book. The end-of-the-world theme (as with the time travel theme) is notoriously difficult to write about - as the scenarios for the most part are already covered - is it by asteroids, nuclear war, plague, or is it just endless and depressing a la "The Road". But instead of focussing on plot, which can be frustrating - with a non-end to the story - she uses it as a backdrop to explore deeper issues - what is it to be human? To be truly alive? What is our role as humans as guardians of the planet? What is our relationship to spirit one one side and to flesh on the other?
It would be easy to see Adam One and the Gardeners as an anachonism - idealistic and simplistic. However, once I saw clips from the documentary about Atwood's book tour, and especially the ministers reading the Adam One sermons in church, and the choirs singing the Gardener's songs, I saw past the irony to the truth that Atwood was getting at. This undertaking was quite serious for her - and though there is humor and irony in the story (i.e. the sexual habits of the Crakers, the Painballers, etc.), it's possible to see this as a deadly serious work, and to see Adam One truly talking as the mouthpiece of the author - presenting quite straightforwardly how she sees us, our relationship to the planet, and to the flesh and the spirit.
The performances were quite good, and I did enjoy the Adam One sermons - the music provided a nice backdrop to my walks to work through the city.
I enjoyed this as a companion piece to Oryx and Crake
Good book, but falls short of developing the story of Oryx and Crake further.
Most interesting: synoptic view of the catastrophe. Least interesting: the gardener hymns
Lively, pleasant, engaging
No, but I wished there were more to the ending of this story, sorta leaves you at the same place you ended with Oryx and Crake
Please do not include poorly written and performed original music in this audiobook. Had to skip the hymns to keep from giving up on the book.
Just a very curious person.
Although the book could be read/heard as a stand alone compelling story, I firmly believe it is best read after Oryx and Crake. Unlike its predecessor, this book offers a much more complex story on how both female and male characters deal with change and catastrophic loss. Much unaswered questions and clues from O and C are solved in this book.
This story is written along approximately the same timeline as Oryx and Crake but from the plebes point of view. It does resolve some questions from Oryx and Crake and it's fun to revisit those characters. The characters from Oryx and Crake and from this book lives are intertwined which is a bit unrealistic when you consider how large the population is. But oh well. But alas it is like the others, a good story with no resolution although I wouldn't let that stop you from reading it.
Don't know haven't read it.
1q84 - by Murakami. The audio book has 3 narrators also. It features a cult. The main character is a strong women. If Atwood used fantasy more like Murakami this story would have been better or more entertaining for want of a better word.
There are 3 narrators in this performance, which is rare in my experience. They are top end readers and really make the story as they should. My only criticism is that Adam 1 is good but perhaps a little old.
It's not as good as the previous book but it still has lots of good ideas in and cleverly plays out in the same time as the first story (Oryx and Crake).
I think it's a very now story, based on the feelings towards life my friends have. May 2013.
I can't sum it up in 3 words. It was a good "shadow" book of Oryx and Crake and did tie up the ending of O&C. But she got me again because this book ends in a kind of cliff hanger just as O&C did.
Interesting having a different point of view of the events of the waterless flood. Good characters, good story flow.
The three narrators were excellent. I was not crazy about the singing but it is an audio book so what the heck!
Shadow of the Snowman.
The thrid book better come out soon and it better finish the story!!!!
Margaret Atwood can do no wrong... she is a superb writer. This book I figured out at the end, is the prequel to Oryx and Crake. (Which is also superb!).