Tried hard but found this unlistenable. Wish I could return it. Hated the reader's voice and tone, the text being read, and certainly the cheesy music. Maybe it was over my head...
Ditto with everyone on the sound quality. I loved the story and listened to the whole thing, but had to actively ignore the bad sound quality and heavy handed addition of music at the end. It sounded to me like birds chirping in the distance throughout most of the reading. And was it really necessary to play the main character out with violins??
It's wonderful book and very well read, although terribly bad sound quality. First hour or so is specially bad, it gets a bit better later. It's very well written story with interesting structure and thought-provoking characters but it really deserves better quality copy.
So many people pushed me to read (or, in this case, listen to) The Blind Assassin that I got the impression that it was the Book of the Century. OK, maybe I expected too much. I did enjoy the story of the two sisters, Iris and Laura, who were trapped by their era--both the Depression and the expectations for young women of a certain class. But I found the embedded pulp/sci-fi novel--which was acclaimed for being so innovative a structural concept--to be nothing short of annoying. Yes, I know it connected to the main story, but it was annoying nonetheless, and I would have given this novel one more star had it been deleted. If I had wanted to read about lizard men wearing flammable red shorts, I wouldn't have been looking for it in a Booker Prize winner. Anyway, Margot Dionne was a very strong reader, Atwood's characterizations are perfectly drawn and her style is beautiful, so I just blocked out the lizard men and blue virgins and peach women growing on trees, got along with it, and gave it four stars in the end.
This book takes some patience to get into the story. It is a little confusing at first but in the end is a brillant story. I am a big Margaret Atwood fan and find her writing doesn't always go in the direction you think that it will. There are definately some surprises and makes it worth a listen. The narrator is okay but not great!
I love Margaret Atwood's work, and this is my favorite. A haunting story of deep passion, fatal passivity, and the power of writing. Expertly read. I would give it five stars but, as others have mentioned, there are technical problems. It sounds as if the digital copy comes from cassette tape, and there is often a background hiss for 30 minutes at a time. This didn't stop me from enjoying the book overall.
Great book for listening. The narration and characterization were terrific as was the book within a book theme. Very thought provoking on issues of aging, women and power.
I thought Oryx and Crake was a great story but The Blind Assassin didn't do anything for me. For a "mystery" is wasn't very mysterious and it jumps around too much giving you too many people's points of view. Some of which just don't seem to matter or fit. I also found is tedious that the parents of the main characters in both Oryx and Crake and The Blind Assassin were too similarly portrayed. I kind of wish I wouldn't have wasted my time with this one.
This story a romantic period novel; it may even be a romance novel, but it is is definitely not sci-fi, as the "teaser" might indicate. The science fiction story is the contrivance between two adulterous lovers...he is a writer of stories for "Amazing Stories", "Weird Tales" and the other pulp fiction "dime" magazines of the time. Whoever the publicist is, should probably read a book before they review it. Since I paid for the book, I finished listening to it. I figured out most of it just by paying attention. Rating it as a romance novel I'll give it three stars; as a science fiction story, I give it NO stars.