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 REALLY wanted to listen to this book, so, apprehensive of the bad sound quality reviews, gave it a shot. Mistake,,, I make it about 10 mins into it without giving up. Thanks tho, to Audible, and their great return policy. I sincerely hope it's re-mastered or re-recorded.
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.
The book itself is pretty slow burning, but absolutely enjoyable and captivating enough all the way though.
My main complaint with this audiobook is the horrid recording quality of the narrator. I'm by no means an audiophile, but the constant hiss and crackle of background noise had me ready to quit the book almost the whole time.
Which, I guess, is a testament to how good the story is anyway.
I thought of quitting due to the poor quality of the recording, but I'm so glad I didn't. If you like Margaret Atwood's other books, you should definitely check this out; there are more plot threads and surprises than usual.