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.
This book rambles on without any direction! Boring as a thriller!
Margot Dionne's performance was fine.
Mostly confusion and boredom
It seemed long at times and I cannot say I casted so much fire the characters, but it is a rich, detailed and, in the end deft novel. And by the end, I did care, wonder how I had missed all the obvious signs, and admire the book.
the quality of the recording was very poor. From the beginning of the book, I had a difficult time listening because of the background noise/static. That noise made it vet y difficult to get through.
No, I did not prefer Margot's performance, however my opinion could be because of the poor recording.
I am a New York musician, a New York native, and a passionate reader of fiction. Audible is helping me fill in some serious literary gaps.
This novel won the Booker Prize, and I can understand why. It has a very compelling narrative arc--it actually juggles three plot lines simultaneously--and Atwood's command of language is dazzling. Her turns of phrase, metaphors, and descriptions catch you off guard with their out-of-kilter clarity. (This is a book you want to quote.) She is able to paint characters of great complexity, to talk about sexual intimacy with frankness, to engage the reader as both storyteller and social historian. I was drawn in from the very beginning and had that delicious "book sadness" when it was over. Given that there is a story within the story, and another story within the subsidiary story, it might have been a less than ideal candidate for audio presentation. But Margot Dionne is one of the finest readers I have encountered yet, on a par with Prunella Scales and Simon Vance. Utterly fluent with the prose, she is able to give each character an immediately recognizable voice--cadence, timbre, accent. She made this multi-faceted book clear at every point. I have read some complaints about the recorded sound. No, it was not done in a quiet digital studio, but I had no issues with the continuity, the occasional background noises (birds chirping quietly at one point), the bit of hiss in the playback. If anything, it suited the material perfectly. This beautiful novel is in the best possible hands. Highly recommended.
I agree with other reviewers that the audio quality was terrible and I was ready to ask for a refund when I was first listening. But then the hissing and whine went away and only returned toward the end. Then the power of this terrific story took hold and I couldn't put it down.
I liked how Ms. Atwood never hides the double agenda -- the story of two lonely girls growing up in the 20s and 30s -- and the story of the rise of fascism. I think it is fascinating how Ms. Atwood conveys what is left unsaid by people at both elite and working class social levels. It is also a lens on misogyny supported by the social order. Even the "good" love story is tinged with a biting portrayal of hate for women and their powerlessness.
Hard to say if it's Laura or Iris.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
This novel is a departure from Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" series. It's set in Canada in the nineteen-teens through the depression and again later in the 1980's. The rise and fall of a Canadian merchant family and their tragedies and triumphs flow beautifully through the seemingly powerless narrator. Atwood manages to get a beautiful and dark sci-fi story in as told between two lovers meeting. Both stories are compelling and heartbreaking. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Was initially turned off by the structure and the slow start, so I put it down and walked away. However I came back to it, listening on my walk to work every morning, and got drawn back into the story. Definitely takes a little while but the narration is great, and the story ends up being one that packs a punch.