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.
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!).
At first I thought the dystopic future was a bit unimaginative, but the story gripped me soon enough. I liked the way different narrators told different angles of the story. I'll definitely read it's companion book.
Margaret Atwood continues to amaze me with her inventiveness, her humanity, her incredibly creative mind, in this well-read, wonderful novel. The two main women are flesh and blood people, their experiences forming their lives, their reactions determining the flow of those lives. The future she draws is so scary and yet so possible, just a continuation of what is going on in these early days of our 21st century. I haven't read Oryx and Crake, so can't compare the two, but this book has piqued my curiosity!
Don't you like a book that stays with you? I can't give you one of those perfectly detailed reviews because it's been almost a year since I've listened to it. But the characters, the storyline and some of the quirky patron "Saints" have stayed with me since. I think it's an interesting example of how time and legend can turn history into a mixture of truth and fiction. Very listenable as well. I do know that it made my day broken into two parts "allowed to listen to The Year of the Flood" and "NOT allowed to listen to the Year of the Flood". (at work and at play)
Listen to it! I think I will again just for the fun of it. Any audiobook that you listen to 2 or more times is definitely worth a download.
I would not be opposed to the narrator, but will not likely try another Atwood book.
This book may have been more enjoyable if the author had not included so many graphically pornographic elements to the story. I think the message could have been effectively conveyed with more subtlety.
The first Margaret Atwood book I have read and was surprised at the images born within the imagination of a person that I had admired in the public arena. I won't be reading another Atwood work in the near future.