Reviews of Audio Books by Margaret Atwood
Readers: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, and Mark Bramhall
Short Review: This is a great book, but the audio version has a flaw that really annoyed me. I want a re-cut, just for me, sans music. I doubt I'll get it.
Reader: Barbara Caruso
Short Review: Atwood's Governor General's Award-winning bildungsroman about girls' cruelty to other girls, art, childhood, and memory; read crisply by Barbara Caruso. The book follows Elaine Risley, an artist, as she remembers her youth in Canada while preparing for a retrospective of her artwork. It is heartbreaking and beautiful, which makes it hard to listen to at times. Pain is perhaps more real when it's expressed out loud--this isn't a fun listen, but it's a very good one.
Short Review: Margaret Atwood's retelling of a portion of The Odyssey in Penelope's voice, her contribution to the Canongate Myth Series, read by Laurel Merlington.
Read by: Campbell Scott
Short Review: A dystopian "speculative fiction" (Atwood's term) novel tracking a young man's experiences in pre- and post-apocalyptic world, complete with a ridiculously sheltered genius caste, chaotic plebe lands, corporations run amuck, transgenic species, genetic engineering and cloning to the nth degree, a new, broken Eden, with a side of crushing love-triangle thrown in for good measure.