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!
This book might appeal to people who like dystopia.
I was bored by the dystopian story told by one of the characters, which took up too much of the book, about an alternate reality, fantasy about nothing.
It was okay, I was put off by the dystopian fantasy.
All of the dystopian story,
I was interested in the elderly character reviewing her life at the end.
It's is one of my favorite books, the story is captivating, and keeps you interested all the way through, you don't want to stop listening because something new is around the corner. It's a book you don't want to end even if you know the end is coming.
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.