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.
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.
The storytelling was captivating, the actor captured the tone and attitude of the main character beautifully with all the complexity, mystery, irony and pride of the character, The story itself was compelling, in the telling of an elusive truth remembered, slipping easily in and out of past and present. it is rich in descriptive detail with out becoming bogged down in it. this book ranks among my all time favorites, up there with Tolstoy. There was some trouble in the middle of the audio with a squeaking background noise, however, i contacted the tech people at audible who helped me resolve this. This book is not to be passed up due to a little squeaking. Margaret Atwood can tell an intricate story from a woman's perspective like no other. its worth listening to again, and again.
Yes! The narration was fantastic! I almost returned this because of the hissing, but I am SO HAPPY I didn't. It eventually went away or became part of the ambiance of this beautifully written book. The story was very good, as was the story within the story. One of my favorite audio books!
This was my first Margot Dionne audio book, but I would definitely listen to her again. She has a very pleasant voice that was perfect for the main character and did a seamless job transitioning between characters. I am torn between purchasing another book by Margaret Atwood or looking for a book narrated by Margot Dionne.
Don't give up because of the hissing - it will fade away!