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.
the book is in the top 20% of the books i have read. it is slow starting, but picks up
The way Atwood drew me into life in small-town Canada before the Second World War.
The ending. I didn't see it coming.
When Iris finally stands up to Freddie and tells her she shouldn't wear that shade of green because it make a woman her age look bilious.
When Iris described what it would be like if her estranged granddaughter would forgive her and come visit.
Iris is the kind of woman who, if you met in person, would probably not tell you about the details of her life. Two things that make this novel compelling: getting to hear her story before she dies and the way Atwood tells the story. It's not easy to keep track of what's going on, but if you just go with it, it all makes sense in the end.
Probably not, but I may buy the book to facilitate looking up my favorate passages of writing.
The narrator herself, Iris, whose ferocious honesty led me to consider my own life experience with greater honesty (at least, I hope so).
No. This is the first time I've listened to her, but I will be on the look out for more. I think she did a superb job.
Who would enjoy this book more? Good question. I invited my mother to listen to it. She's in the same stage of life as the protagonist and from the same era. She hated it.
The book is introduced as a selection for children. Is that possible? What child would listen to an old woman reminiscences? What child could follow the syncopated threads of this story?
I haven't a clue
The characters were well differentiated -- the protagonist and her sister, especially. And also the protagonist and her husband's family.
The depiction of the era is completely believable. I actually enjoy that very much.
Judge this audiobook on its merits. The hissing sound that other reviewers complain about lasts for the first 30 minutes of an 18-hour recording. After that, the audio quality is perfect.
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An hour into the book, having encountered a lot of clever prose and mystifying surroundings, I started to wonder whether there is a story somewhere in there. A half hour later I gave up. Maybe the book does finally devolve into a story half way into the book, if the listener can wait that long. I tried this Audiobook (audioprose?) on the basis of Atwood's excellent Orix and Crake. The Blind Assassin, however, doesn't work for me. Reading the other reviews, I see I am not alone.
A real downer. And the intro music is terrible. I disagree with the comments on the narrator. This narrator made the listener feel like jumping off a bridge, and the story would have been flowed better.
I was so entranced by this novel that all else paled into insignificence. I loved the narrator who skilfully guided me through the various narrative voices. Having tried to enjoy 'The Handmaid's Tale' but having singularly failed, I am now a reinvigorated Atwood fan. Similarly I will look (or more aptly listen) out for the narrator.
So many people pushed me to read (or, in this case, listen to) The Blind Assassin that I got the impression that it was the Book of the Century. OK, maybe I expected too much. I did enjoy the story of the two sisters, Iris and Laura, who were trapped by their era--both the Depression and the expectations for young women of a certain class. But I found the embedded pulp/sci-fi novel--which was acclaimed for being so innovative a structural concept--to be nothing short of annoying. Yes, I know it connected to the main story, but it was annoying nonetheless, and I would have given this novel one more star had it been deleted. If I had wanted to read about lizard men wearing flammable red shorts, I wouldn't have been looking for it in a Booker Prize winner. Anyway, Margot Dionne was a very strong reader, Atwood's characterizations are perfectly drawn and her style is beautiful, so I just blocked out the lizard men and blue virgins and peach women growing on trees, got along with it, and gave it four stars in the end.