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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.
Margaret Atwood's talent is showcased beautifully in this work, the narrator adds to the quality of the piece, it is poetic. Well worth the time and download!!
A really good book - I listened to it twice, because once I got to the end I wanted to hear it again knowing what was going to happen. The reader is a bit breathy, and the music in the beginning and end is distracting, but I thought these were minor points really - once you get into the book the narrator seems just right.
This tale only soldifies Atwood's genius. She is so good on so many levels her talent is really unfair to the rest of the authors.
The Mozart of fiction. Her stories, her prose seem to flow from a higher source. Several times I findmyself amazed at how impossibly great she really is.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the narrator was great and the story was engrossing. it seemed a little disjointed at first and I was a bit confused, but after the first 30 minutes I was hooked. I wish there were more Atwood books on audible. I have read many of her books and next to the HandMaids's Tale this is probably my favorite.