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The Year of the Flood Audiobook

The Year of the Flood

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Chris Dubboyou 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My least favorite Atwood book yet"
    What disappointed you about The Year of the Flood?

    The story was mediocre, the audio book was filled with horrendous songs no one should have to listen through. Books don't need songs. If you're going to add lyrics, just read them.
    The story, a continuation of Oryx and Crake dragged painfully. The story of a vegan cult that survives a plague was tedious and until it began to intersect more directly with the first book dragged painfully.


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    Cynthia Cat 05-31-17
    Cynthia Cat 05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    So disappointing after book 1. Couldn't get through it. The religious sermons and sing-alongs are painful to hear.

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    Lauren C. 05-23-17
    Lauren C. 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love!"

    Not crazy about the music, but the story, performance, and the lyrics are fantastic! One of my favorite books!

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    Min C. Rhee New York, NY 05-16-17
    Min C. Rhee New York, NY 05-16-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Not bad..."

    ** little bit of spoiler, caution **
    The story started out with much intrigue.... but it sort of tapered off half way. I was hoping for some great twist or a bang but it never materialized so I was a bit disappointed. But if you like detailed character development in story then mid-section is not too torturous. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the character development but I felt it was a bit too much or... turned out the character I thought who would become more enjoyable somehow became boring in the end or disappeared without much closure.
    Nonetheless, I really liked the apocalytic world with strange twisted things happening and/or lurking~

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    Nancy Fort Valley, VA, United States 05-07-17
    Nancy Fort Valley, VA, United States 05-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Stupid!"

    Doesn't hold a candle to Oryx and Kraik !! Not worth the time or effort. Going to return it.

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    Hana 05-06-17
    Hana 05-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The songs have got to go!"

    Overall good performance but the added songs were just painful. I ended up fast forwarding through most of the sermons and all of the songs.

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    Brian&Rachel 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad for a sequel..."

    I gave this 3 stars because the story is a good idea. This installment spread the intrigue a little too sparsely for me. No reinventing the wheel here, but I was happy to see different paths cross in one way or another. The music went from surprising, to funny and then annoying. The style of the narrators was great and the pace/transition was good. While the music went a bit too far, I appreciate the effort to create a fun experience.

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    Candy Apple 04-19-17
    Candy Apple 04-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "UH- Not at ALL awesome like Oryx and Crake."
    What would have made The Year of the Flood better?

    Less singing. Less preaching. More story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Madadam


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year of the Flood?

    The sermons and singing scenes- these were terrible. Atwood writes from the point of view of the "Gardener's", a Christian sect with strict doctrine regarding nature. Instead of describing the faith and sermons in a general fashion, they are narrated word for word, as a sermon. Each sermon ends with an entire song... actually sung by the performers you are listening to. It's terribad.


    Any additional comments?

    Oryx and Crake is one of the best books I've ever read. I found the story mesmerizing and couldn't wait to read the next book. But this next book, thought it intertwines with some of the facts from Oryx and Crake, is nothing like it. Written from the point of view of the "Gardeners", it seems as if it's actually written by a total other author as well. Atwood hit GOLD with Oryx & Crake but The Year of the Flood was a huge letdown. Hopefully the third book is more in like with the first.

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    Cristina Kirchner 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very unique"

    one of the most interesting audio books I have ever listened too, music, 3 readers, etc. but the story was almost too strange for me to become attached.

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    Reader X Hanover, NH 04-10-17
    Reader X Hanover, NH 04-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A letdown after book 1"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first book in this series was great. I stuck with this hoping that it would get better but ultimately was disappointed. I will try book 3 three, but I'm prepared to bail early if it does not deliver.


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