"Great story, great reader, terrible songs"
Why did they do the songs in such a cheesy awful way. Tarnishes an other wise great audio book. Love the trilogy
"Musical element utterly ruined this for me"
The story is fabulous and King's narration is faultless but the twee singing of the hymns is jarring and ruinous.
"Well-written post-apocalypse tale"
I haven't read the print version, though I have read other Atwood novels, so I have an idea of how the experience might vary. The pronunciation of names is often the common difference, I feel. This reading did a good job on the whole, rendering the unusual portmanteau words in such a way that their make-up and derivation was apparent.
The main character, Snowman, was well characterised, I think, with believable flaws as well as strengths. Overall, however, my favourite(s) were the children of Crake, in their innocence.
Without spoilers, I found the scenes where Snowman was trapped by animals to be compelling and suspenseful, with no reliance on silly or superhuman artifices to get our protagonist out of the situation.
I'm not sure that would be possible, given the length! I listened over a week or more, mainly whilst running and driving. The plot was too interesting to listen whilst working or needing to concentrate - I tried and found myself sitting like a zombie with my attention on the story, not advisable.
The story stands alone, though it does provide clear links for follow-on stories (as this is the first of a trilogy, that's to be expected). I don't think you'll feel cheated here, as with some trilogies that are really one long story, leaving each book incomplete and unsatisfying. I want to read the next one(s) but I do feel satisfied.
"Love this story"
My favourite book so far. I was very happy to hear the songs. Toby is the greatest but all the gardeners are like friends to me now. I like to repeat listen. An absolute joy. Perfect.
"Attwoodian vision of our future."
It is long and meandering, but a whole world is created that overwhelms you and is so real and potentially authentic that it becomes essential to revisit. There is so much to think about and respond to and aspects of the previous book: Oryx and Crake are revealed and re-examined in a different light. This is a future world that you can recognise and one in which we could all so easily slip into.
The first book, Oryx and Crake and obviously Madd Adam the final book in the trilogy. Perhaps also the Handmaid's Tale by Magaret Attwood or Cormac McCarthy's The Road and other apocalyptic visions of the future. However, Attwood's trilogy is more subtle, at times comic, but also potentially real. Genetic mutation of animals and humans is continuing apace and one aspect of this book is a fictional exploration of where the multi-national corporations could take this. There are so many reflections in our present that is the recent past in Jimmy's world that make our near future - their more recent past - seem so possible. It also looks at religion and interpretations of Christianity and the green movement melded together along with 'perfect' humanoid creatures: the children of Crake.
The whole book is revisiting in the same time frame the previous book Oryx and Crake. It gives us a different understanding and perspective on the first book. Everything stands out in a descriptive and narrative form that a description of any one scene would not do justice to a remarkable book.
The depiction of our potential future as we experiment with genetic manipulation of animals as we, mankind, continue to exploit animals for our own purposes. Other themes are about power and manipulation of people, violence and destruction of the world to an extent that what we know and expect to be are destroyed and survival is all that is left. How could we survive if our present is destroyed. What would we do? This trilogy examines these themes.
Warning: This is compelling writing. It sucks you into a future world that makes you interpret our present more critically. If you can, start with Oryx and Crake first, and then listen to The Year of the Flood followed by Madd Adam.
An excellent sequel. Very much looking forward to the next one. Such excellent writing. So believable. Layering the stories is such great way to comment on different people's perception of the same events. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"More "Ooze" than "Flood""
I thought Lorelei King's interpretation of Margaret Atwood's characterizations were phenomenal. The book switches narrative styles cunningly - imbuing each principle character with a psychology and personality relayed by Ms. King through careful audio interpretation.
Listening to one character slowly lose her grasp on reality, only to be reunited with old friends in the nick of time.
Not aware of having done so.
I would suggest that this part of the trilogy should not be filmed (unless as a brief summary flashback). I think it slams the breaks on the pace and tone of the first book, and purely serves to flesh out some marginal characters from the first book.
I did feel that this was a very slow story - there was a palpable tense undercurrent which simmers throughout, but the few moments of excitement are short lived, and the occasional conclusion (e.g. with Toby's tormentor) seem a bit anticlimactic considering you've listened to her panic about him for 11 hours...
"Re hash of oryx and crake"
A re hash of the original book; oryx and crake, told from an alternative character. The same world, the same outcome, boring characters no new insights. No new story just a lot of singing and cod philosophy from a cult figure. This ain't a good story. Sorry Atwood.
My current standards;
Bring up the bodies; good (not as good as wolf hall)
The corrections; very good
Book 1 in this series was confusing in parts, or perhaps intentionally mysterious about what was going on. It ended on a cliff hanger, just as I thought I'd got the gist of it, so I was excited to start book 2. It does not pick up where book 1 leaves off. It tells a concurrent story of different and intertwined characters leading up to the same point, with different narrator, and hugely irritating long sections about a particular cult's theology combined with unnecessary and awful 'hymns'. However, all that being said, it was still intriguing and there was a little thrill each time one recognised a crossroads with book one events and characters. Halfway through this book I nearly gave up and wasn't planning to bother with book 3' but having soldiered on, I find myself needing to listen to book 3 and hope for a full reveal and satisfying conclusion.
So in conclusion, if you like slightly surreal and intriguing literature, which is undoubtedly well written, and are ready for the long haul, then go for it.
"Second in the trilogy"
At the end of Oryx and Crake we are left on a cliff hanger so here the story continues.
I thought Lorelei King was a great reader, with the right voice for the story.
This is quite a long trilogy, the first book is pretty gripping but during the second ( this book ) and the third the story does become a little predictable, I made it through though and didn't feel cheated.