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.
This was a really fun listen. Most literate and intelligent. Margaret Atwood is my kind of writer!
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.