With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.
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"Absorbing...expertly rendered...Virtuosic storytelling [is] on display." (The New York Times) "Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in the Origin of the Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them all, and one of the most brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)
The story was so close to being real that it was just so unnerving to listen to the book. It's not bad at all! It is actually thought provoking. And Mr. Scott has always been a great narrator and the way he brought this audiobook to life even made listening to it so very eerie.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I felt the story was fascinating and liked the way it was told in flashback. Campbell Scott is excellent as a reader - he makes it very enjoyable.
This book is a deep, dark journey to nowhere. Very little plot. Endless detail without meaning. Recurring references to deviant sexual behavior which adds nothing to the story except to reinforce how "sick" the characters are and how "sick" the society is in which they live.
What I really liked about this book were the interesting details and the way in which the scientific content was integrated so well with the character dynamics.
I'm half way through Part 1 and I have yet to detect a trace of plot. I -have- detected a crapload of banal adolescent angst coupled with total drivel for character dialog.
I suppose there's some kind of apocalyptic story somewhere in here with some moral about the dangers of genetic engineering but I don't think I have the patience to wade through another 6-8 hours of this.
Brilliant? I don't think so. Atwood is boring. Neal Stephenson is much better in "Snow Crash" and "The Diamond Age" which covers some of the same territory with much better dialog and actually has plot.
Campbell Scott doesn't do much for me either as a reader.
I have enjoyed reading this book and would like to have a copy of it in audible format; but can't and I don't know why! The fact that Margaret Atwood is herself Canadian makes this even crazier! Same goes for "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. Why these restrictions?
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