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The Year of the Flood Audiobook

The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species, and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived? And what are the odds for the human race?

By turn's dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most effective.

©2009 O.W. Toad. All rights reserved. Margaret Atwood has asserted her right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Atwood's mischievous, suspenseful, and sagacious dystopian novel follows the trajectory of current environmental debacles to a shattering possible conclusion with passionate concern and arch humor." (Booklist)
"Another stimulating dystopia from this always-provocative author, whose complex, deeply involving characters inhabit a bizarre yet frighteningly believable future." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Annette Wright
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    7/13/17
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    "Possibly even slower than the first"

    Another rambling, slow and mixed story. There's never any real pace, threat or jeopardy and so it may meanders along. I'm interested in the overall story but it's hard work getting to it. I ended up listening to this at 1.15 speed, just to get through it. Having said all that, I've bought the third book and want to get to the end of the story. I just wish I could enjoy the delivery more.
    Good performance from Lorelei King. She breathed more life into this story than the first audio book had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Heidt
    5/20/17
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    "good book. really enjoyed"

    found it very easy to follow and fascinating. love the juxtapositioning of high tech corps vs. the down to earth gardeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariangela
    12/6/16
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    "captivating!"

    loved it. was very absorbed by the story although struggled through the first 5 chapters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W12 Jock
    London, UK
    11/4/16
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    "Good sequel (or subsiquential) and Narrator first class but..."

    ...the songs throughout are absolutely awful! I get that as part of the unabridged book that they should be there, but I'd rather the lyrics were read out - then again I skipped them all and didn't miss them... so 5* for Lorelei's narration and 0* for the god awful singer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Epping, United Kingdom
    9/15/16
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    "Remove those awful hymns!"

    I rated 1 star for the performance as I could not stand the hymns. The narrator was excellent. Just get rid of the sung hymns and get her to read them instead, the audiobook will be greatly improved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thad Beumont
    Edinburgh
    8/23/16
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    "Bad production choices"

    I was a little worried about how good a follow up this was going to be and, unfortunately I was largely correct. Too much time is spent early on in the narrative where if there is overlap, it is subtle. Once the stories of the first and second book start to converge, it gets a bit rushed.

    Also, who the hell decided to actually have songs in the audiobook? They're tedious enough in print, never mind having your audiobook interrupted by them! The narration was just below average. Not terrible but not great either.

    Basically the story picked up toward the last third of the book, otherwise I would definitely be returning it. I may still do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • readerling
    7/26/16
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    "Madadam trilogy"

    I've been a long term fan of Margaret Atwood, some books I've appreciated more than others. This book and the preceding "Oryx and Krake" plus "Madadam" the last in the trilogy are so impressive I have listened to them twice now. They are so well crafted, so immersive, she has created such a completely believable world in all it's intricacies with such complex interesting characters. I feel as if when I listen to them I am wandering in that place again, noticing new things, more details, and more connections to our world now (sadly). I recommend this to anyone, her story is relevant to us all and such an exciting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lapinnoita
    7/12/16
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    "Utterly riveting"

    I had read the book earlier so I knew what this was about, so it was easy for me to follow the story. I also loved the narration, Lorelei King is very good in making distinction between different characters and also brining an extra dimension to their portrayal. I know some prefer monotone reading, but I don't, it is a matter of preference.

    The story told through Ren and Toby unfolds gently, the picture is built piece by piece, and the world that is depicted is frighteningly plausible. Atwood's style is unique and not everyone likes it, but I am always mesmerized.

    There are some comments claiming that The Year of the Flood is simply a rehash of Oryx and Crake, but I think they are missing the point. They are two sides of the same coin, a story told in two (or rather three) points of view, and while they both stand alone (I read The year of the Flood before Oryx and Crake) together they form a full story that is more than sum of its parts.

    And the hymns... I thought they were hilarious! I think anyone who has ever had to endure Kum-ba-yahs will appreciate how perfectly awfully they were rendered!

    Just keep an open mind!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Dervish
    London
    5/29/16
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    "Great observations"

    Not as good as Oryx and Crake but Atwoods insights and observations are as brilliant and insightful as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. H. W. Gower
    Berkshire,Uk
    5/21/16
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    "Very goid"

    wow. Margaret at wood is a revelation. can't wait to listen to more. bye now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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