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Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 10 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • 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"
    "A good continuation of The Year of the Flood"
    What did you love best about MaddAddam?

    The background stories of Zeb and Adam One are very interesting and give great insight into both characters. I found myself connected to most of the major characters after this final trilogy.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Jimmy from Oryx and Crake. I am admittedly still very much invested in this character, even though he is a minor character in this novel. I was a little choked that all of the main characters were not given a share of the stage, with Atwood instead focusing on the character lines developed in The Year of the Flood instead of Jimmy's from Oryx and Crake.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The resolution of the novel is delivered in a very interesting fashion. Saying much more would give it away, but it was a good change up by Atwood.

    Who was the most memorable character of MaddAddam and why?

    Zeb is the focus of this novel, with a large portion of the novel being spent explaining his past. His past is very interesting, but it unfortunately saps much of the momentum from the present plot of the novel.

    Any additional comments?

    I found this to be this novel to 'complete the circle' of the trilogy well by revealing the pasts of Zeb and Adam One (the last 'mysterious' major characters). However, I would have enjoyed more progression of the current story itself and some more love for the protagonist of the first novel. I know he had his time in the sun, but that doesn't mean that he has to be baked to a shell of his former self! (This is an absolutely selfish and biased opinion).

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  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Fantastic Detail - Challenging Vocabulary"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who has the time to stop and define the various geological formations, challenging diction and Spanish dialogue. If not, this is a challenging text to follow at times.
    The story itself is sometimes lost to the detail being provided. If you're looking for a fast paced, action packed, suspenseful novel, I would not recommend this text.
    This one is a ponderous, soul wrenching, thinker!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Meridian?

    The stunning imagery created by McCarthy floats into my head whenever I look over my own prairie landscape. He spends a lot of time and effort creating the reality of the text for the reader, crafting the mood for each scene. This imagery does, however, at times take away from the pace of the story.

    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    The Judge is a fantastic and haunting character. Richard Poe does an excellent job with all of the dialogue in the text, but the Judge is the most memorable. This is the best read audiobook I've experienced.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The text can be quite confusing at times if you don't have knowledge of a) Spanish b) a wide range of specific geological terms c) civil war & post civil war era terminology. The overall reaction I experienced was often shock and disgust. It is a very dark story, from beginning to end. The reader can't help but let their sight flicker inwards now and again.

    Any additional comments?

    Very well written novel but very challenging to fully grasp as an audiobook because of its difficulty.

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