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.
"Much maligned, but wronged"
This is a great matching of text and narrator. The characters are fully developed and complex, evolving and deepening through the novel. This is character driven, so those expecting standard SF fare will be disappointed.
Tobi's strength of purpose is compelling, but the subtle characterisation of Ren is also a pleasure.
Lorelei King is one of my favourite readers, her voice slips over the text, so that you are barely aware that you are being read to
There has been lots of discussion about the hymns. I think this is part of the subtle humour of the text. Having been raised on "Hymns Ancient and Modern" I can truly say that this captures the banality of religious music beautifully.
"Least enjoyable audiobook to date"
I am a huge follower of MA so was so disappointed with this audio. Reading was sanctimonious and the singing unbearable. Towards the end, I had to FF over chapters in the voice of Adam One. I'm not sure if this is her best work. Not nyrally as riveting as Oryx and Crake. A bit self-indulgent maybe. Embarrasing references to Canadian "saints". We are much too cool for this. Sorry Magaret!
"The Year of the Flood"
This book is without doubt the worst audio book I have ever bought.The story line is way too long the hymns are awfull.I found myself wishing the book would end. Margaret should go back to her previous job and give up writing.
The story line is tedious with irritating sermons and characters that do not have any deapth.
I found no humor in this book.
The life within gods gardeners revolved around adam 1 who was one dimensional and the two female characters.An audio book must grab you and take you on a journey this book took me no where.
This is the first book of over 200 audio books that I refuse to finish.
"Year of the flood and awful hymns"
I would have enjoyed this book far more without the sermons and the hymns. I like to listen to books when I'm running and it was annoying to either have to listen to these all the way through or stop and forward the audiobook. Story was good, narrator was excellent and would definitely buy more Attwood.
"Sank without trace"
The Year of the Flood is one of those books that you only select because you know the ?credentials? of the author, the synopsis sounds interesting and the narrator, Lorelia King is a professional and delivers - but not really understanding just what you are letting yourself in for!
The first hymn had me frantically trying to find the iPod volume control and I must admit that I was in two minds whether to give up on the book and write it off as one of the turkeys that you inevitably purchase or to persevere and see how it goes.
I battled on but the plot was tedious with absolutely no depth or feeling to the characters and I must admit it was a struggle.
Would I have bought the book if I had known what lay ahead ? I don?t think so!