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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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    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 12-05-09
    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 12-05-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Waterless Waste -"

    If The Blind Assassin was Atwood's best work, this is without doubt her worst. I was hugely disappointed in this supposed sequel to Oryx and Crake which was a fairly decent novel. I was totally sick of the reader's voice, the plot, (a waterless flood?) was almost non-existent and the overall effect was chick-lit dystopia. Add to that way too much quasi-religious music and what you have is a big waste.

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    James 09-24-16
    James 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "disturbingly brilliant"

    First, you don't need to read Oryx and Crake to follow and appreciate this one. You could even read this one first. Margaret Atwood is an extraordinary author. She truly knows how to capture the characters and gravity of the situations they must endure.

    The audio book is fantastic. All the readers (there are multiple, plus actual music ) deliver perfect performances capturing their respective characters with ease.

    Can't wait to finish the next novel.

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    Maciek Sulczynski 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Not fond of the musical interludes."

    Margaret Atwood does not disappoint with the follow up to Oryx and Crake. The sequel is more of a retelling of the same story from the perspective of "The Gardeners" which I found to be really interesting.

    The music at the end of many chapters wasn't great and I found myself turning it down or faster forwarding to get through it.

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    Clark Battle 09-08-16
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    "Rip my ears out!"

    Male no mistake, I loved Oryx and Crake. I had pretty high hopes for this one too. But I just couldn't take the poxie religious songs after every sermon. The first one was stupidly funny in a poking-fun-at-Christians-trying-to-be-hip sort of way. But by the third song I was done. My bleeding ears couldn't take it any more.

    The story was pretty slow too; mostly about a girl's indoctrination into an Eco-Christian cult. Yawn. Skip this one and let Oryx & Crake rest on its sudden ending.

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    K. Collins 08-28-16
    K. Collins 08-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Margaret Atwood does it again!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Year of the Flood the most enjoyable?

    Bernadette Dunne is an excellent narrator and really made the characters come alive. This book is filled with humor and a serious warning about man kind's true nature.


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    Ebeth 08-02-16
    Ebeth 08-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Weird"

    I got this title recommended to me from a friend... Needless to say I will not take her recommendations anymore. It is nothing less than weird. The story and plot go in so many directions. From a weird sex clan to people being made into burgers. Just no.

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    "Compelling story"

    Compelling dystopian tale though some of the social commentary isn't the most nuanced or complex. I liked the recurrence of characters from Oryx and Crake and a further explanation of the events leading up to the first book. I could not stand Adam 1's songs in this audiobook. The music was painfully cheesy. Perhaps that was intentional...

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    Kalindi Bellach 06-16-16
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    "This book is incredible!"

    Margaret Atwood is my favorite, but I think she has outdone herself here. Wonderful book. But make sure you read the first one first...otherwise spoilers...

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    Yennta L.A., CA 05-22-16
    Yennta L.A., CA 05-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "the best of the trilogy!"

    There's something so folksy about this one. They're all wonderful, but this one is the most human and touching. And BONUS, the music is delightful.

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    LisaBeeman 04-15-16
    LisaBeeman 04-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "no to singing!"

    I wanted this to be good as Oryx and Crake, one of my favorite books. It was ok, not great. The worst part, the element that was beyond stupid, were the idiotic songs/hymns at the end of various chapters. I had to skip these and, as I did so, was reminded each time of how annoyingly stupid they were.

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