I really love this book. In the audio version, the use of multiple narrators works well to communicate the different characters' viewpoints. My one complaint is about the hymns of the God's Gardeners cult (there are 8 or 10 of them included throughout the story). The music to which they've been set is very cheesy and doesn't reflect the mood of the Gardeners very well, in my opinion. I would have preferred if the hymns had just been spoken rather than set to music. Anyway, that's a small complaint, and others may not find it to be so jarring. And the story is definitely worth a listen!
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.
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.
I don't have time to actually read anymore... does that make me undignified?
Putting it simply, I loved The Year of the Flood. It introduced me to Atwood and her other writings, and I haven't been able to put her down since.
The narration is fantastic, and they seem to get the voices just right for every one of the characters.
The story is cautionary, and intimate. Jimmy is an interesting (protagonist? anti-hero?). He has lots of his own issues, but his story is engaging and made me want to read the sequels as soon as possible. (Well, listen, but you get the point.)
If you are AT ALL interested in post-apocalyptic literature, get this ahora.
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 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.