A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans.
Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers' reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.
Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.
©2013 Margaret Atwood (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
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Having just listened to Oryx and Crake and The Year of The Flood I was thrilled to see that I wouldn't have to wait for the third book. Sadly, I am struggling with it. So far too much going over what happened in the first two books is tedious. But what is really spoiling it for me is the narration. I absolutely loved the narrator of Oryx and Crake, was slightly less enamoured of the narrator for the year of the flood, but the powers that be obviously decided it had to be a woman and I did get used to her voice. So far, in this book, the narrators aren't doing anything for me and I'm not sure if I will continue with the audio book, maybe it would be better to read it in print.
I love Maraget Atwood' s books and have read a lot of them. She has beautiful turn of phrase and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone.
I would have used the narrator of Oryx and Crane his voice is delicious, and the 'parts' really don't have to be gender narrated.
"Good book, bad audiobook"
I have been looking forward to the final instalment of the MaddAddam trilogy since listening to the first two books in the series.
Atwood's plausible (almost frighteningly close to probable) tale of the collapse of society was beautifully told in the audiobook versions of Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.
Normally I don't write reviews, but in this case my enjoyment of the book was impacted so much by the production of the audiobook that I feel it's important to leave feedback.
For the first two books I understood the decision to use a male narrator for the book with a male protagonist and female for book with a female one. Neither narrator blew my socks off the way some narrators can, but it was still easy to listen to them tell the story and become lost in the book. The decision to not re-use one of those narrators was disappointing. The decision to use 3 entirely new narrators is puzzling.
I don't know if they rushed in order to launch the audiobook at the same time as the print version, but the quality is definitely not as high as the standard I expect from Audible. The two main narrators take charge several times each, broadly covering Toby and Zeb's voices. However the story doesn't provide clean division of labour for these roles, so often the narrator switches at an awkward time, and both narrators do double duty as both Toby and Zeb's voices which is a little strange. The fact that a third narrator is introduced for a single isolated chapter is even stranger.
I stopped listening several times during the first chapter as I really struggled with Bernadette Dunne's style, which sounded rushed (little things, like hearing a hesitation as she followed a sentence to the next line). I even went so far as to buy a print copy of the book, the only thing that stopped me was the price of the hardback being so high!
In the end I persevered, which I somewhat regret. I think I would have enjoyed reading this book myself much more than listening to this version. The production is adequate, but I don't think that's good enough.
The Maddaddam trilogy has been one of the audiobook highlights of my year: a wonderfully imaginative production of an amazing story. This is literary science-fiction at its best, and Margaret Atwood has used beautifully drawn characters, in a scarily plausible world, to explore such themes as the birth of religion, the consequences of science and our specie's place in the biosphere. Her writing is, as ever, rich with unexpected imagery and beauty, and she's always willing to go into the darkest places of our minds. An epic creation that I would thoroughly recommend to all. Cheers!
"intelligent, witty and a really good listen"
I love Margaret Attwood's dark humour and beautifully crafted writing. This final part of the trilogy started in "Oryx and Crake" (also an excellent listen) does not disappoint. Characters and situations in this post-apocalyptic near-future are further developed and explored, with biting satire. It's beautiful because it is simultaneously horrifying, poignant and very funny. Highly recommended.
"A Little Disappointed"
I loved the first two books in this trilogy- this not so much. I was so looking forward to it's release and it just didn't do it for me.
I wondered whether it was because it had been a few years since I listened to the first two books, perhaps I'd lost the thread of the story, but I think I agree with other reviewers when they say that the narration let this book down.
It wasn't terrible but the book didn't come to life for me and I just didn't care anymore about this world that had fascinated me previously.
I love Margaret Atwood and her writing always appeals to me, unfortunately this was a disappointing end to what is a great trilogy.
"Weakest of the Trilogy but still Excellent"
I have really enjoyed listening to this, especially the first half, although I found the story flagging a little in the second and I thought the ending was flabby, especially for Atwood. There isn't the bite and development of plot in this volume that there is in the previous two but this is the post apocalyptic stage when there is by definition less drama. I didn't find the references back to the first 2 volumes at all repetitive; on the contrary I felt that the story was continuing to be built up in layers and it made me want to go back and listen to the first part again. There is so much in these novels of a future dystopia that speaks of our world now and the direction in which it is going and I find the whole trilogy very dark despite the humour. Atwood retains her inimitable style, use of language and imagery and gentle irony and humour which is always a pleasure to read or listen to.
I thought the readers were very good and I liked the way in which they alternated, and the appearance of the third voice at the end. In particular they appreciated the dryness of the humour of the book and made the most of it and their pacing was excellent. Also their voices were easy to listen to, not always the case with those from across the pond. Highly recommended.
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