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Blindness Audiobook

Blindness

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Publisher's Summary

A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers -among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears - out of their prison and through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing.

A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the 20th century, by Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago, Blindness has swept the masses with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses - and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

English translation by Juan Sager.

©1995 Jose Saramago and Editorial Caminho; 1997 Juan Sager (English translation) (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Mona 10-18-16
    Mona 10-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This book was extremely heart filling"

    This book was emotionally warm. It does go to show that people in order to come together have to exepeience a hardship. How one person can make a difference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Big Cajun Man 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and Raw"
    What did you love best about Blindness?

    The story itself was quite raw, and unapologetic in its descriptions of the 'post-apocalyptic' world the survivors live in.


    What other book might you compare Blindness to and why?

    Somewhat like Stephen King's tales of the end of the world, but a different narrative style.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Breaking away from the imposed imprisonment, and the exodus back to their homes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The "thugs" collecting their payment for food was moving and disturbing.


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    W Perry Hall 08-25-15
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    "Stark Portrait of Blindness as Contagious Disease"

    The famous Portuguese author Jose Saramago paints a cold and halting portrait of what it would be like were Blindness suddenly contagious.

    To prevent a pandemic, the government quarantines the first stricken, including the Doctor (an optometrist) and the Doctor's wife, the latter of whom is obviously immune to the disease. As the story progresses, the gov't puts more and more blind people into the abandoned building, with little food and zero supervision, forcing them all to fend for themselves. To add to the icy subtext, Saramago gives all the characters only descriptors, like the Doc, the Doctor's Wife, the Girl with Dark Glasses, the Cab Driver, etc.

    This is a tale of both the goodness and baseness of humans in a world of darkness and squalor. Evil and the treachery of men initially wins, but goodness eventually prevails, so that this novel is ultimately hopeful.

    The potential reader should be forewarned that this book contains graphic scenes of the rapes of several women.

    As usual, the narrator Jonathan Davis is excellent.



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    Anonymous 09-02-17
    09-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    One of the best books I ever read. I loved it and I plan on reading more books by Jose Saramago.

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    Jin Park 07-14-17
    Jin Park 07-14-17
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    "Thought-provoking story"

    This novel, in which global blindness is shown in my opinion as the form of a thought experiment, provokes our imagination and mind into embracing the core definition of human beings, upon faced with supernatural disasters, to meet the very basic mean of life, survival.

    Listening to the audiobook today was a completely different experience than reading the actual book, which I have done more than a decade ago. Nevertheless, it was a joy to follow the footprints of the characters again as each of them, except one person of course, strived to accept his or her unfortunate blindness that none of them has asked for.

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    TIAGO 03-04-17
    TIAGO 03-04-17
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    "Don't miss the opportunity"

    Enjoy this fantastic book. The way José Saramago presents his history is absolutely incredible I really recommend.

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    Anonlee 11-12-16
    Anonlee 11-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dee....pressing"

    In my opinion I believe the author referred to the deplorable sanitary conditions far to many times , in doing so he forced the reader to focus to much on this detail rather than the rest of the story. I can only presume that he may have had a fecal fetish . Why else would you continue to gross out your readers. The writer assumes that we are " thick of understanding " .........yes I get it after the 100 reference.
    Would i recommend this to someone to read.......No, ......would I say that it is well written Yes !. ..... I listened to this book during my holidays .......I wish I had chosen something else . It left a stain on me.

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    cmw 03-27-16
    cmw 03-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A parable, and a winding symbolic one at that."

    the performance was great and it made an often sporadic style clear, however, this is certainly best read. I enjoyed it most when I was reading along wit a copy of the book. I will think about this story for along time and surely it's value to literature at large can't be understated.

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    Kimmy 03-23-16
    Kimmy 03-23-16
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    "Just OKAY"
    What would have made Blindness better?

    Less tangents


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a lot of potential but I just found it exhausting with so much detail on things that didn't move the story. Too many observations and metaphorical thinking. I just stopped caring about what happened to the characters.

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    Savannah 03-13-16
    Savannah 03-13-16
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    "Amazing"

    There was a lot of vivid language and the overall story is heartbreaking at first but as you go on you feel like your with them.

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  • Danilo
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    "We need more audiobooks from Saramago"

    Saramago left this world last week, leaving for us one of the most incredible work written by a human being. He won the Nobel prize as the only Portuguese writer to conquer that title, revealing to other languages an unique way to express through words. This way, is like somehow he collected all those poems throughout his entire life and connected with a prosaic line through his stories. His books are never about that or some other story, it is more than mere stories, it is about to touch our soul and move us, to be connected with human history again and be willing to do something better to this world. I think a better thing would be to record his entire work as audiobook. He deserves this homage. Looking forward, OK, audible? :) Thanks!

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  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    1/28/14
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    "Gripping and chilling"

    Feeling completely steamrollered by this amazing novel! I listened to a BBC America audio, via Audible, and, although it was an English translation of the original Portuguese, the text retained its poetic quality, horrific and beautiful. Perhaps Margaret Atwood crossed with Cormac McCarthy! I appreciated the 'no names' device - the woman with dark glasses, the first blind man, the woman nobody knows - as it aided understanding their world. The philosophising throughout is very moving and I thought that the calm narration by Jonathan Davies was the perfect way to immerse myself in this dystopian city.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Kew, United Kingdom
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    "Wonderful"

    Jose Saramago isn't well appreciated in this country, it seems to me. OK, so some of his books are very specific to his native Portugal so it's not that surprising but I find it a bit sad that this one seems to be the only full-length title available, and that only because it was made into a film. It's an eerily believable magical-realist tale about a world turned blind and the way society changes. when nobody can see. It's definitely worth a listen and when you've finished get hold of the paper copies of some of his other stuff too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fibri
    Belgium
    1/27/13
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    "Maybe it's me?"

    I suppose this is what one would call a good book, but I gave up half way. Both my husband and daughter really liked it (in French translation), but the unrelenting miserableness of it all really got to me. And I was bored, bored, bored. Maybe he writes wonderfully in Portuguese, and maybe it translates well into French, but I found the English stilted and clunky, not poetic at all. It really irritated me that the characters had no names (probably to dehumanise them even more) but I just felt this was a pretentious attempt to be "literary". And it just made it repetitious, having to constantly have people referred to as "the girl with dark glasses" or "the first man". I thought I would love this (I love post-apocalyptic fiction, and its themes of how normal people survive in a disastrous situation) - I never thought such a dramatic story could be so tedious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/7/17
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    "Deep thoght about our reality."

    I loved this book. My first book by Saramago and i am lookimg forward for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Reuben
    Brighton, UK
    8/9/16
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    "Superb book and flawless narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Blindness the most enjoyable?

    A harrowing book but well worth the ride.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blindness?

    The ending. I stopped what I was doing and put everything on hold until the final words had been spoken.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favourite?

    Jonathan Davis' narration was phenomenal. This is a man who was born to read books aloud. The way he takes on every single character - with such care and consideration - is amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the doctor's wife gets bloody revenge on the brute who has abused her, on behalf of all the women, was particularly satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people have found this book hard to read due to the lack of punctuation. This being an audiobook removes that obstacle. The narrator makes it accessible and engaging. Great book, great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • w
    east horsley, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
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    "Discussion"

    Great book to provoke a discussion. I really wanted to keep discussing this with friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. C. F.
    England
    1/29/11
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    "Amazing book"

    I have not listened to the book, but read it in paper form, long before I was an Audible member and also a long time before the film was released. It's not a pretty book, it'll make you angry and sad, but it will also make you think, it's very psychological.

    It's also worth noting that the film is a very good and accurate reflection of the book (as apposed to most films), so read the book first, if you can, as it's much more vivid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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