Reviews for Year of the Flood

AudioFile Reviews 2009 December/January 2010
Twenty minutes of patience rewards listeners with hours of a thought-provoking story in Atwood's latest. The production starts slowly with an engrossing narrative that shifts back and forth between the before and after of a "waterless flood" that nearly destroyed humankind. Members of the "Gardener" faction pursue a pacifistic, environmentally friendly lifestyle in a world owned by monolithic corporations and consumed by random violence. As the Gardeners' leader, narrator Mark Bramhall delivers sermons followed by performances of the group's songs. Bernadette Dunn and Katie MacNichol each voice survivors with just the right amount of authenticity. The depiction of futuristic social changes alongside contemporary phenomena like text messaging and cosmetic surgery make the horrors of Atwood's future all the more immediate. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2010 January #1

In this freestanding companion novel to Booker Prize-winning author Atwood's ( Oryx and Crake (2003)--also available from Books on Tape and Random Audio--characters shift in time and space as the environmentalist Gardeners plan for a new world amid devastation by a pandemic virus. Bernadette Dunne (see Behind the Mike, LJ 5/15/09) and Katie MacNichol (Mistik Lake) narrate, conveying hope for this society poised for reinvention, while Mark Bramhall (Fire in the Blood) reads sermons. Songs performed by Orville Stoeber (with lyrics composed by the author) provide thematic breaks. Provocative and political, funny and inspiring; highly recommended for fans of speculative and literary fiction. ["This dystopian fantasy belongs in the hands of every highbrow sf aficionado and anyone else who claims to possess a social conscience," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Nan A. Talese: Doubleday hc, LJ 8/09.--Ed.]--Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC

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