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MaddAddam Audiobook

MaddAddam: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.

Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb's dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood - a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

©2013 Margaret Atwood (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The final entry in Atwood’s brilliant MaddAddam trilogy roils with spectacular and furious satire.... Her vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ten years after Oryx & Crake rocked readers the world over, Atwood brings her cunning, impish, and bracing speculative trilogy - following The Year of the Flood - to a gritty, stirring, and resonant conclusion.... Atwood is ascendant, from her resilient characters to the feverishly suspenseful plot involving battles, spying, cyberhacking, murder, and sexual tension.... The coruscating finale in an ingenious, cautionary trilogy of hubris, fortitude, wisdom, love, and life’s grand obstinacy." (Booklist)

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    Michael 11-13-17
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    "Atwood messin' with my brain, yet again."

    This is a series that might just stay in your head, popping up annoyingly every time you read a news story about big pharma or Google. Each novel focuses on a different character in the story of mankind's decimation and sort-of-rebirth; this one gives us Toby, a self-deprecating, wise, and slightly steely woman with an unfair and difficult past. Another voice that emerges (in diary form, like Toby's) is that of a Craker, one of the bio-engineered humanlike (but supposedly lacking all our flaws) beings inhabiting the newly destroyed/remade world. This is a carefully innocent voice, as it must be, that contrasts nicely with Toby's more acerbic and damaged one. The stories Toby tells the Crakers are recounted here, and what comes to the foreground is the importance of ritual, tradition, and repetition. The novel has a precarious feel: will this small community survive? Will the kind of people who like to destroy and exert their power come in and ruin things yet again?

    The reader's mostly okay. The male/female divide seems a little overplayed, and characters like Wren are at times annoyingly breathy/weak. Less might have been more here.

    I don't know if it's a hopeful book or not, but it hasn't left me, months after reading it.

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    Dora D 10-22-17
    Dora D 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "*wishing for another sequel*"

    That moment when you realize you're sad because a book ended and wish there was another sequel, and then another...
    The plot could continue in so many ways and the reader is ultimately left with their own imagination at the end of the trilogy. Although, this is typical of Atwood and should not have surprised me. Apparently, she loves open-ended stories and leaving the reader high and dry, so to speak. It is a challenge for the reader, in a way, to decide on how her stories end. And there really is no definitive answer - just more questions, assumptions and ideas - which is one of the things that makes Atwood's novels so intriguing and impactful.

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    Parker Chambers 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!!"

    It was fun to see this trilogy wrapped up in such a interesting and complete way!!

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    "I wished there was more to read."

    An excellent capstone to the series. While the loose ends are all tied up nicely. I grew to love her characters, and wish there was more to read.

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    Steve W. 06-15-17
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    "Good diversion into future fantasy"

    A culture of beings who embrace love, tenderness, tolerance. A new beginning of humanity on Earth.

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    Teresa 06-06-17
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    "Wonderful end to the series."

    The book works as a stand alone, I'm sure, but it also wraps up the three book series of Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood in a beautiful and heartbreaking finale. I was pretty much in tears for the last hour. When I started Oryx, I wasn't at all sure that I would even be able to stick with it. I didn't like Jimmy and the apocalyptic setting was so unnerving. I reminded myself how her The Handmaidens Tale was scary because of the political climate when I read it, and that her ability to root her stories so firmly in the possible is what makes them resonate so deeply. I am so glad I stuck it out. I even went back after The Year of the Flood and re-listened to Oryx. I will be listening to MadAddam again. It's funny, sad, astonishing and finally just Beautiful. I hope you listen to all three & I hope love them.

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    Brian&Rachel 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A good end..."

    This is good if you'd like some back story. There are some good adventures but this is a wrap up.

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    Angelia Parish Houston 05-15-17
    Angelia Parish Houston 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "all readers fabulous except..."

    reader for Zeb has cadence that is difficult for me to follow...as if he's not actually listening to his own words.

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    J. Scott Arkansas 03-17-17
    J. Scott Arkansas 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best trilogy I've read ever."

    Oryx and crake is a great 1st novel. However, the two sequels take you on trips in new storylines, revisitation of old storylines in new light, and on informative/emotional/suspenseful plot lines. I learned, I enjoyed, I cried, I fully loved the MADADDAM trilogy.

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    Tabitha Pearson 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hope springs eternal. Thanks again Margaret Atwood"

    No one can tell a story like Margaret Atwood. The performance was perfect. The reader for Toby's part portrayed her sweetness and toughness beautifully.

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