Blindness by José Saramago audiobook

Blindness: A Novel

By José Saramago
Translated by Giovanni Pontiero
Read by Jonathan Davis

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Blindness Series: Book 1

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A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses—and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing.

A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses—and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is an important book, one that is unafraid to face all of the horrors of the century.” Washington Post
“This is a shattering work by a literary master.” Boston Globe
“[There is] a clear-eyed and compassionate acknowledgment of things as they are, a quality that can only honestly be termed wisdom. We should be grateful when it is handed to us in such generous measure.” New York Times Book Review
“A profound, ultimately transcendent meditation on what it means to be human.” Amazon.com
“Like Camus, to whom he cannot help being compared, Saramago uses the social disintegration of people in extremis as a crucible in which to study the combustion of our vices and virtues.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Deftly shows how vulnerable humans are, how connected, and how blind.” Booklist
“The characters act out life with all its paradoxes and hidden truths. Ultimately, the greater meaning here is the simple story of human frailty and community in the modern world.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Scott 9/15/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
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Blindness

“Blindness”, by Jose Saramago is a brilliant narrative on dystopia, and the breakdown of the social and cultural mechanisms that keep the human landscape functioning in a predictable, sane manner. I have now taken the opportunity to read this title, as well as listen to Blackstone Audio’s recording.

Fortunately, my reading of the book was an incredible experience, one that drew me so deeply into the story and characters, that I was engulfed by the disturbing nature of the author’s descriptive vision. It was this experience that made me excited to listen to the story on audio book, and experience the details via a different level. Unfortunately, Johnathan Davis’ interpretation and reading of the story fails to hold the attention of the listener, and fails the truly engrossing nature of this Nobel Prize winning title, and its characters.

Although, “Blindness” is a strong piece of literature, I can not recommend this audio version to a potential listener. However, I do highly recommend the print version to those who like to become deeply captivated by a book’s storyline.

Author

Author Bio: José Saramago

Author Bio: José Saramago

José Saramago is one of the most acclaimed writers in the world today. He is the author of numerous novels, including All the Names, Blindness, and The Cave. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English