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The Year of the Flood Audiobook

The Year of the Flood

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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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    Dora D 10-16-17
    Dora D 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Yet another fascinating page (tune?) turner!"

    Yet another fascinating page-turner (yes, despite my having listened to it rather than read it!). I cannot stop envying Atwood for her ingenuity with regards to plot construction - the elegance with which she intertwines the different storylines in the book but also with those from the first book of the trilogy is marvelous! And she has almost managed to achieve a great balance between distopic and realistic writing - or this is just my impression from being enveloped in this trilogy. Either way, the whole trilogy is enthralling so far!

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    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH United States 10-07-17
    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH United States 10-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, good narration but whose idea were the"

    Excellent, thoughtful sequel to Oryx and Crake. The narration is very good as well. But be warned; every 6 or 8 chapters someone actually sings a song that must be part of the book. They are jarring and none too good. I can't help but wonder who came up with that idea. Not enough to ruin the experience but be prepared.

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    Erica 10-05-17
    Erica 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book! Great series! Really bad songs."

    I love this book! the series is phenomenal! It's so compelling with so many little webs through out the three books that I could listen to them again and again! The narrators do a really fantastic job!

    The only complaint I have is that there are songs through out the book that are just absolutely terrible. They are contextually relevant hymns that for some reason the director chose to present as fully produced songs with full back up and instrumentation even when that makes no sense plot wise. They are just awful, tacky, cheesy, over the top and unnecessary. I had to skip over every one. Once you skip them it doesn't hurt the plot at all so they don't really hurt the story. it just sort of take you out of it a bit.

    Totally worth the listen!

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    Erin Allen 09-29-17
    Erin Allen 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Atwood"

    If you're a fan of Atwood, you'll be a fan of this. Her characters and worlds come to life, and the way she weaves together details from Oryx and Crake into this story is impressive and left me wanting to go back to the first to find the small clues and mentions that were expanded upon in this one.

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    Lisa 09-28-17
    Lisa 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "did not lile the music!"

    Great book but I could not stand the music at the end of almost every chapter..it drove me nuts!

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    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 08-23-17
    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 08-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling story... But very dark"

    It's a page turner , but leaves you fighting for the light. The musical interludes are surprisingly good.

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    tas237 08-16-17
    tas237 08-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An okay tale. Nothing great."

    I expected more considering this is an Atwood story, but I'd rate it as average overall. Further, the songs were annoying as hell. Thank god for the fast forward function.

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    MoJo 07-30-17
    MoJo 07-30-17
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    "In the middle....."

    I didn't realize this was the 2nd book of a series until after I bought it but after some quick research, I decided I didn't need to read the first book.

    I was disappointed in this alternative world--it was too similar to our current one implants were bimplants, etc. I found the Gardeners extremely annoying & skipped their blah sermons & the horrible music.

    With that said, I do think Atwood is a gifted writer and the Ren and Toby characters kept me interested, mostly. Enough so that I may actually *read* MaddAddam. But, also because Aronofsky is making it into a movie and I dig his work!

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    Sandra L. Alonzo 07-09-17
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    "Pretty terrible"

    I loved The Handmaid's Tale. I also liked Oryx and Crake, Book one of the trilogy for The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood is talented. She can really write. She can make characters draw you into their story and pull you along and make you keep reading or listening to find out what the heck is going to happen. However she really dropped the ball in this one. Who the heck edited this thing? What a let them. The characters were not attractive. Their stories are lame. The plot was not engaging. I always try to look for something positive in the books that I read. However, sadly,The Year of the Flood does not deserve my praise. Book 1 was really good. I will not be reading book 3.

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    Lily 06-30-17
    Lily 06-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good second book in the series"

    This entry in the MadAddam series elaborates more on what happened outside of Jimmy's life, with a lot more about the Gardeners. It's not quite as addictive as Oryx and Crake, but good! I like the dual performances by Toby and Ren, and Adam 1.

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