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.
I didn't enjoy this book. It was depressing and not much happened. The book within a book within a book was distracting. I liked the innermost sci fi story the most but it disappeared!
Oddly melodramatic and purple-prose adorned, considering that Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale, which I admire.
(This book now has me writing and thinking in the most awful Victorian-speak. Must clear head. )
If the book description were more accurate I would not have purchased... So a slightly happy misunderstanding. The story is pretty good, but calling this science fiction is a gigantic stretch. The narrator has a beautiful voice, but the sound quality is terrible. I almost gave up listening because it is almost painful to the ears.
Atwood is by far one of my favorite authors. The Blind Assassin is mesmerizing. I did not expect the ending, which made me cry because of how beautiful it was. Read this book. That's all there is to say.
Let me say that, like almost all other reviewers, I found the sound quality to be atrocious. Not only was there a background hiss that seemed to be synced to the narrator's voice, but also a tweeting sound on a couple of tracks. At first, I thought it must be intentional, however it stopped & then later resumed, & stopped again. Obviously, it was another technical glitch in this recording.
I don't want to be a spoiler, so I'll say that at first, I enjoyed the story, but became weary of the protagonist's inability to stand up for herself. I felt the story bogged down with her repeated hand-wringing. I stuck with it, though, and the story picked up, with an interesting twist at the end.
The narrator's voice is throaty, like Lauren Bacall's, but monotonal & rather unemotional. I wasn't sure if this was interpretive or unintentional. For the most part, I didn't mind, except during the hand-wringing part where I would have expected & appreciated more emotion.
It's a long recording - 23 hrs. It kept me entertained while on the road, but not nearly as much as s some others.