If The Blind Assassin was Atwood's best work, this is without doubt her worst. I was hugely disappointed in this supposed sequel to Oryx and Crake which was a fairly decent novel. I was totally sick of the reader's voice, the plot, (a waterless flood?) was almost non-existent and the overall effect was chick-lit dystopia. Add to that way too much quasi-religious music and what you have is a big waste.
Excellent reader...very good book...went back and listened to Oryx and Crake again after listening to "Flood"....enjoyed it more! Atwood is funny and right on.
I loved Oryx and Crake so had high hopes. But most of the content occurs before the "big event", not after. So it's more about a near-term futuristic world than a post-apocalyptic one. And the songs are, respectfully, dreadful. There are 6 or 7 of them, and after listening to one I skipped through the rest. Truly awful. In between these and the gratuitously graphic scenes of violence and pornogrpahy was a story-line that compelled me to want to keep listening. But in the end it would have been just as well not to have started.
This narrator is almost more than I can stand. If I weren't thinking of the waste of the money, I wouldn't even listen to this audiboook.
This is so well done - the main reader is excellent, and the inter-chapter voice and music is a powerful way to bring the book to life. Margaret Atwood's genius comes through yet again.
I look forward to hearing what is going to happen next. How does it end? Everytime time I get in the car I want see more.
A sequel? And she needed to write this, why? Orxy and Crake already covered this territory and The Year of the Flood offers no new insights, no new themes, and the music? dreadful and without meaning. Just can't recommend it.
I retired as a librarian after a stroke in 2002. I discovered Audible and it has given me back the ability to read books. I am so grateful.
Not a great book but it could make an interesting film.
Too many books! I read audio books all day long and still can't keep up with all the great titles I've found!
Fantastic tale that adds to the Oryx & Crake mythos. The only thing I would change is that horrid music. The preaching was okay, but that music was killing me.
I can't imagine reading this book and not having the actual music to bring the songs in it alive. Not only is the story perfection, but the production and narration are exactly right!