©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging." (Booklist)
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absolutely loved this book. great story. great reader and great ideas. recommended read for post apocalyptic lovers.
"May possibly be the most depressing book ever."
Exhilarating and deeply rewarding. I highly recommend this book. Excellent reading by John Chancer. A triumph.
"Unspiring, unoriginal and pointless"
There was no point to this book. It is not thought provoking, it is not exciting, tense, dramatic or emotional in any way. Worst of all it is not entertaining.
The characters are so flat you don't get invested into them. The book ends on such a flat note. There were no new ideas in the story (or none to be excited by).
No. I like the genre but this is a very, very poor example.
Narration was fine.
You can't really cut Crake or Jimmy but the whole role of Oryx seem unfulfilled. I didn't get what she brought to it. Yes there is a plot around here but it is so under developed it doesn't justify the build up.
Don't bother with this
I loved the story but hated every character in it. What a bunch of selfish bastards the lot of em. However I listened right to the end......
"worth persevering with!"
got really into it in the last 4 hours or so, even if not a great science fiction fan. curious to read the second and third.
"MaddAddam Trilogy is up there with Atwood's best"
I absolutely loved this trilogy (and it is one story in three parts). It is Atwood at the peak of her powers and up there with The Handmaid's Tale.
A literary adventure story in the dystopian science fiction genre, it is original, beautifully written, wildly inventive and powerfully relevant. It is both funny and tragically moving. At times it is silly but it is also profound. It has an ambitious plot and deals with big themes, but at it's heart it's about character and relationships.
The narration was excellent - especially Bernadette Dunne in part 3, MaddAddam.
I finished it yesterday and I still can't stop thinking about it. Highly recommended.
"Margaret Atwood never disappoints."
The book starts off quite bleak, describing Jimmy's childhood. It picks up when Crake and Oryx come into the story. I love all the not-so-impossible ideas of the story.
I wasn't terribly fond of the narrator's voice but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
"A well constructed tale"
starts in a very surreal way but worth staying with it. it's not linear in time but this adds to the story telling.
"Break my heart, why don't you?"
Loved it. Its stream of consciousness is so twisty, that it's like entering a maze, with only poor mad Snowman our guide; the way in which his mind meanders through time present and past makes his point of view seem almost that of a time traveller. Parts of it are so disturbing that you can see why Crake does what he does - the corruption of human society is so mercilessly depicted - and yet you need to know what happened next.
Which is not to say that it's not also funny in places, but more than anything it pulled the heart out of me. Simply put, it was beautiful, and it made me cry.
This is not Sci-fi or a prophecy of things to come, however it is certainly food for thought if we continue along our present scientific pathway. Thank goodness we have medical ethics to maintain some control at present.
Margaret Atwood is not an easy author to listen to, but I seem to come back for more!
I will continue with this trilogy, but need a break to digest this one before I start the next.
Narration of both make and female voices and accents is good, although I am not a fan of American narrators.
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