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The Year of the Flood | [Margaret Atwood]

The Year of the Flood

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.
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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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    Richard Boston, MA, United States 11-27-09
    Richard Boston, MA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    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.

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    Jan The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09
    Jan The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09 Member Since 2003
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    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
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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.

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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 Listener Since 2008
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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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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 02-07-10
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    A sequel? And she needed to write this, why? Orxy and Crake already covered this territory and The Year of the Flood offers no new insights, no new themes, and the music? dreadful and without meaning. Just can't recommend it.

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    Linda Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-29-10
    Linda Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2009

    I retired as a librarian after a stroke in 2002. I discovered Audible and it has given me back the ability to read books. I am so grateful.

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    Not a great book but it could make an interesting film.

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    Raxxillion 02-09-10
    Raxxillion 02-09-10 Member Since 2009

    Too many books! I read audio books all day long and still can't keep up with all the great titles I've found!

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    "Wonderful! (except for the music)"

    Fantastic tale that adds to the Oryx & Crake mythos. The only thing I would change is that horrid music. The preaching was okay, but that music was killing me.

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    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 02-02-10
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    I can't imagine reading this book and not having the actual music to bring the songs in it alive. Not only is the story perfection, but the production and narration are exactly right!

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    michael Potomac, MD, United States 02-14-10
    michael Potomac, MD, United States 02-14-10 Member Since 2006
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    "horrible"

    my first and last atwood experience. generally, i find the apocalypse and post-apocalypse books very thought provoking. perhaps if you can get through all the atwood-ism gardening, singing, womanish stuff....perhaps,then, this might be thought provoking too. i confess to having listened to only about 1/3 of the book. i hated it.

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