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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 2017

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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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    Fritz Richardson 12-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow and sometimes confusing"

    Interesting concept for the story. The book moved painfully slow at times. Narration was good, but I could have done without the songs.

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    Bree 12-02-16
    Bree 12-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh, Snowman"

    I love this series. I don't think this is as strong as "Oryx and Crake" but it was fascinating all the same. I'm glad I had just re-read O&C before this because there are a lot of subtle details to catch in this book that tie in.
    The performers were decent. Some of the accents and inflections were distracting at times. My expectations were high after Campbell Scott absolutely nailed Snowman/Jimmy. The recorded God's Gardeners songs were a little much for me as well. I think reading the lyrics might have been more meaningful than the corny songs.

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    Amazon Customer 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Laggy audio"

    Downloaded this with data and it was Laggy. Deleted it and re downloaded it on 17mbps. Still Laggy. Bad quality for a good listen. Ruins the fluidity of the story, and I really like oryx and crake.

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    jeremiah close 10-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your time!"

    I was very disappointed in this book. I haven't read anything written by Margaret Atwood before so I thought I should give it a try because Ive heard so much about her. The story was very poorly written and the only reason I finished listening to this audiobook was because the narration was good. I'm a big fan of the post apocalypse/dystopian society genre and I can say that this book was one of the worst I've read! I don't recommend that anyone purchase this book

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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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