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)
I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.
A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.
It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.
Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.
This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.
Campbell Scott's narration is outstanding, and really made me love the character of Snowman. In fact, I had started reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it. But the Audible version was great.
Jimmy (Snowman) of course, as the book is told from his point of view and focusses on him. But even narrating the female voices, Scott does a fine job.
Margaret Atwood is one of our greatest living writers. I believed this even before I listened to the Oryx and Crake trilogy, but these works strengthened my conviction. The narrator of Oryx and Crake is profoundly alienated, which makes this the darkest of the three, but there is also a great deal of sly humor. And a whole lot of very fine writing. The future world Atwood creates draws on the currents and proclivities of your own times, taking them to logical extremes. The result is deeply unsettling.
I have always loved Margaret Atwood's style of writing and this book lived up to my expectations. The narration was easy to understand.
I read the Hand Maid's Tale by Margaret Atwood several years ago. Since they were by the same author they both had the same writing style. Both were futuristic novels where one man and group had molded their idea of the perfect future and it had gone terribly wrong.
He brought the emotions and voices of the characters to life.
I started listening to this book during my morning walk and could not stop listening until the book was finished late that night. I was totally engrossed with the book.
The main reason for buying this book was Margaret Atwood. I have already purchased two more Audible books by her and will probably buy more of her books in the future.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!
I don't have time to actually read anymore... does that make me undignified?
I accidentally wrote this review for Year of the Flood, and since I can't delete it there, I'm just going to copy it here, FYI.
Putting it simply, I loved The Year of the Flood. It introduced me to Atwood and her other writings, and I haven't been able to put her down since.
The narration is fantastic, and they seem to get the voices just right for every one of the characters.
The story is cautionary, and intimate. Jimmy is an interesting (protagonist? anti-hero?). He has lots of his own issues, but his story is engaging and made me want to read the sequels as soon as possible. (Well, listen, but you get the point.)
If you are AT ALL interested in post-apocalyptic literature, get this ahora.
He did a great job bringing the story to life. Sadly the story wasn't much fun.
Nothing in the world, the characters, or the story makes me want to read more. Felt like I wasted my time with this book. Very little action. I wasn't attached to any of the characters. Even the dystopian future was meh. If several people hadn't said that book two and three are better, I wouldn't read more of the series.
Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!
I love a good end of civilization due to unintended consequences.
The way the consequences of humanities actions played out through the series.
Not really. I enjoyed it, but never found my self listening after I was done with my workout or drive. I love those books where you sit in the garage just listening to a little more rather than go inside. This was not one.
This is part of a series of 3. I really like when I find series that are tied together and give me many many hours of audio. It was engaging enough that I listened to all three back to back.
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