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Linda

Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (576)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "The Answers Revealed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book to complete the trilogy. Is there hope for mankind; possibly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of MaddAddam?

    Toby's knowledge of Zeb's survival and ability to accept Zeb and herself together finally and openly. The Craker, Blackbeard's growth into his role in the greater community was both amusing and encouraging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of Fuck was both entertaining and believable on some level. I will view this phrase in a much different way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pigoons and their request/bargain with the others to resolve the problem of the painballers offered hope for the future as two species at odds unite to overcome.


    Any additional comments?

    To have all three novels on Audible would be ideal. A very enjoyable and prophetic read. Perhaps one we should pay attention to as well.

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  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (668)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "What happened before and what happens next"
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    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or the narrators?

    This book provides insights into the story behind the story of Oryx and Crake and will leave the reader wanting more answers to what happens next. All I can say is I wish this book had come sooner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year of the Flood?

    Our desire to look and feel younger, eat whatever we want as much as we want, do what we want, but all at a cost to whom; ourselves ultimately. Margaret Atwood paints an image of our current society and what may be in store if we refuse to see the bigger picture. I found the behaviour of the pigoons was very disquieting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Once Toby is reunited with Ren, knowing she is no longer alone she gains the strength needed to continue. Toby and Ren can set out together and find the others.


    Was The Year of the Flood worth the listening time?

    This was a fantastic listen and well worth it. Learning the characters stories and what brought them to where they are was gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment is that Oryx and Crake is not available on Audible so that I could enjoy it as well. I read it some years ago and would not like to listen to it. This book is better understood together with Oryx and Crake and not as a stand alone but just as enjoyable.

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2539)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Poignant and bittersweet"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    A glimpse into the inner workings of a small town, the fractured relationships within and between families, friends and outsiders that hold it all together while it falls apart.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. This book tells a similar story of the fine balance between hope and despair and coming to terms.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    The reader brought an understanding of the customs and traditions of the people and town as though he were a bystander watching the proceedings unravel. His tone and interpretation brought the town, surrounding area, characters and various scenes to life and made it all believable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened to the first part of this book again while waiting for the rest of it to download. I then listened to it all straight through whenever possible. I would set a bookmark and put on the timer to listen while going to sleep and then refresh after waking in case I missed anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to future publications.

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