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The Year of the Flood

MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2
Lu par : Lorelei King
Durée : 12 h et 46 min
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Description

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.

Critiques

"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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  • Jennifer
  • 07/04/2011

Strange and ponderous

It's been a couple of years since I read Oryx and Crake and I think after listening to this one I need to go back and reread and see how they fit together. It's a strange book and it makes you think. The narrator does a fantastic job, and the inclusion of music (songs sung by the God's Gardeners cult) in the audio version was a nice touch.

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  • Charmaine
  • 12/04/2011

Poetic without pace

This story was quite poetic and literary. I could appreciate the style of writing, with its many beautiful descriptive passages. I ENVY the writing style. The characters were tragically flawed in a brilliant way. But. It was just too painfully slow moving for me. I did not get through it all and dropped it three quarters of the way. By then, I just didn't care anymore if the world ended or not.

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  • Chris
  • 30/10/2010

Margret Atwood at her best

In my opinion this book " The Year of the Flood" returns Margret Atwood to the genius level she achive in " The Handmaidens Tale" in which she so closely foresaw some of the dangers of the Religious Right long before they became a reality. Here she pose so many Eco question and how they may be handled in an increasingly fratured sociaty. A sociaty we and the finacial crisse are fast building. Much food for thought.

On a pracial level, the destion to have the contents of the "Oral Hymnbook" done in song on the reading/recording adds an aditional level of enjoyment, Thanks to, whoever thought of that.

Great Book great recording.

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  • Nathan
  • 29/12/2018

Surprisingly bad

Oryx & Crake was my first experience reading Atwood and it was truly wonderful. I was shocked to find the sequels so lacking. Impossible to suspend disbelief when presented with such dumb coincidences. I couldn’t help but shake my head on far too many occasions.

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  • Aureo Lustosa Guerios Neto
  • 15/11/2018

Incredibile work of imagination

A truly interesting dark prediction of the future: violent and imoral. I'm surprised by the authors imagination and creativity. Nice psychological analysis of the characters. Interesting disorganized chronology and multiple perspectives in the narration. I highly recommend it.

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  • korneel
  • 23/06/2017

disapointing

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Loved the first book in the series and thought this would be similar. But here it feels like time is standing still, there is lack of a storyline and feels like it is written as an extra afterthought.
At every X chapter there is some song to praise god and that gets annoying very fast. The narration was otherwise very good. I stopped reading somewhere over halfway and wished i stopped sooner.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20/01/2013

Thought provoking

What did you love best about The Year of the Flood?

The message for sustainability.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year of the Flood?

The correlation between today's societies obsession with looking young - botox, plastic surgery, fake body parts and those described in the story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

Her slow drawl is not what I prefer to listen to - I'd rather not, unless it is appropriate to the vernacular of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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  • Ingo Guenther
  • 24/10/2018

Beware of the Hymns!

This book is, in my opinion, not as good as "Onyx and Crake", but close enough. Taking place at almost the same time as the first book it shows the development to and events after the pandemic named "Waterless Flood" from the perspective of two female characters, Toby and Ren.
Their pathes cross multiple times during the span of decades and are also interwoven with the timelines of the first book's main characters. So it's not obligatory to have read that one, but the actions and descriptions of Glenn and Jimmy in this second book will miss some depth without the additional knowledge about the history of "Snowman" and "Crake".

Being written from two female perspectives, most male characters don't come off that well and mostly appear either manipulative or brutish. This is quite OK, considered that the male perspective was the dominating one in the first book.
The story telling is action-driven and a therefore a page-turner.

But beware of parts of the audio book: The reader herself does a good job (would be rated five stars by me), but Margaret Atwood has also included several lyrics for "Hymns of the God's Gardeners", which might actually have been some fun to listen to (tongue-in-cheek). The sung versions of them in this Audible audio book nevertheless will instantaneously kill anyone with the smallest amount of musical taste left. This has to be included in the "listening experience", which due to this drops to four stars.

So it's five stars for the story itself, but the audio book comes off well with four of them.

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  • Luis
  • 29/08/2018

Bit hard to get through

If you've read through the first book, you know that this isn't exactly a happy story. It sometimes so melodramaticly miserable in tone, that I struggled to continue. Still, it is very well written, fantasticly performed and the songs are rrally nice touch as well.