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The Year of the Flood Audiobook
The Year of the Flood
Written by: 
Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: 
Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
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The Year of the Flood Audiobook

The Year of the Flood

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The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

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. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.

Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .

Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away . . .

By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.

©2009 Margaret Atwood; (P)2009 Random House

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    Atticus 01-16-10
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    "An excellent companion piece"

    I'm surprised that some reviewers didn't like the connection with Oryx and Crate and/or the music. I thought the flip of perspective fascinating and not at all heavy-handed. The music added a level of immediacy and realism to the religious world of the Gardeners that works. I found this a very satisfying companion piece to Oryx and Crate.

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    a pelham, NY, United States 12-13-09
    a pelham, NY, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    though i loved 'oryx and crake' i was a little hesitant about listening to 'the year of the flood' -- rather than reading it -- because of all the negative comments about the singing. now, a week after finishing this book, i find myself remembering the songs. i think they drew me deeper into the strange world of the god's gardeners. and the lyrics, by margaret atwood, of course, were clever and funny. i had to force myself not to finish 'the year of the flood' too quickly. i enjoyed it as much as i had 'oryx and crake.'

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    Jan The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09
    Jan The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"

    I loved Oryx and Crake so had high hopes. But most of the content occurs before the "big event", not after. So it's more about a near-term futuristic world than a post-apocalyptic one. And the songs are, respectfully, dreadful. There are 6 or 7 of them, and after listening to one I skipped through the rest. Truly awful. In between these and the gratuitously graphic scenes of violence and pornogrpahy was a story-line that compelled me to want to keep listening. But in the end it would have been just as well not to have started.

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    Tracy Santa Cruz, CA, USA 10-27-09
    Tracy Santa Cruz, CA, USA 10-27-09
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    "Find another narrator if you can"

    This narrator is almost more than I can stand. If I weren't thinking of the waste of the money, I wouldn't even listen to this audiboook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Largo, FL, USA 10-24-09
    Amanda Largo, FL, USA 10-24-09
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    "Fabulous"

    This is so well done - the main reader is excellent, and the inter-chapter voice and music is a powerful way to bring the book to life. Margaret Atwood's genius comes through yet again.

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    Terrance S Polack Framingham, MA, US 10-14-09
    Terrance S Polack Framingham, MA, US 10-14-09
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    "Connects with our current world!"

    I look forward to hearing what is going to happen next. How does it end? Everytime time I get in the car I want see more.

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    Allie San Francisco, CA, US 08-28-12
    Allie San Francisco, CA, US 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for audio purists"

    I am a huge Atwood fan and have read most of her novels. This was the first that I tried to listen to--"tried" is the operative word here: after about 20 minutes of listening, I became too frustrated with the incorporation of (terrible) music into the narration. I had to stop.

    In general, the aesthetic choices are too dramatic for my taste. I listen to books only because I don't have time to read them. As such, I want my listening experience to be as close to a reading experience as possible. I just can't get this from dramatic readings. If you are a purist like me, you will probably not like this audiobiook.

    I realize that some narration styles take a while to adjust to, and once you do adjust, it is almost always worth it. I will likely try to listen to this one again in a few months to see if it is less of a challenge. If that doesn't work, I know that Atwood novels tend to be pretty addicting and will just end up buying the book and reading it the old fashioned way.

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    sheila parks 05-19-10
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    "I would like my 14 hours back"

    The characters were well written but the story was choppy. It seemed as if someone took out huge pieces of pertinent information. I hated the songs, yuk.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Saint James, MO, USA 03-22-10
    Tom Saint James, MO, USA 03-22-10
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is Margaret Atwood at her finest. I loved Oryx and Crake, but I think this book surpasses it. As I listen to more and more audiobooks, I find the narration is almost as important as the story and these readers prose and pace was excellent! I can't wait for the next Atwood creation.

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    Richard Boston, MA, United States 11-27-09
    Richard Boston, MA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    Excellent reader...very good book...went back and listened to Oryx and Crake again after listening to "Flood"....enjoyed it more! Atwood is funny and right on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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