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Perfectly imperfect.


  • MaddAddam: A Novel

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

    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"
    "dystopian heaven"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. But I would caveat that with a "buy the whole series, not just this book". Not just because of context and continuity - but really because of character and situational depth. Atwood is a master of painting this rich post-apocalyptic world. Dunne adds the perfect pitch and tone to the characters voices. I love how Atwood doesn't miss details like the behavior of the genetically altered Crakers, the thoughts of each character in the ensemble, or the sub-storylines for each of them. At the same time, she doesn't pander or condescend to the readers' intellect with verbosity.

    Atwood brilliantly spaced out their narratives in such a way that you're not feeling burned out by each thread nor confused when one storyline segways into another. The novel flows well, the pace is well-thought out, and the characters are strange, endearing and relate-able.

    I you appreciate dystopian fiction, look no further than this icon. With the barrage of dystopian books being published as of late, they are no comparison to the standards of Atwood storytelling.

    Did I mention that I'd recommend this book to ANYONE?

    What did you like best about this story?

    Character interactions. Toby comes into her own and is a heart wrenching delight whenever she's obliged to tell stories to the Crackers.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being able to verbalise and add emotive depth to a book that requires great specificity.

    Who was the most memorable character of MaddAddam and why?

    Toby. Won't ruin it for anyone, but without her, you aren't able to appreciate the other characters or the humour and frustration that is readily available whenever the Crackers appear.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    yes. the depth of the storytelling was phenomenal. i came into this book believing it'd be a melodramatic epilogue of someone's life. but it wasn't. not even close. i was taken by this ornery, "i do what i want" character in zamparini. i was taken by the way in which hillenbrand told his story. truthfully, i didn't want the book to end - so i'll read it over and over.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    forgiving his tormentors. wow. i couldn't have done that.

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