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3.00003249707526 out of 53.00003249707526 out of 53.00003249707526 out of 53.00003249707526 out of 53.00003249707526 out of 5 3.00 (61,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jose Saramago Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of white blindness, which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

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 - out of their prison and 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 20th century, Blindness has swept the masses with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses - and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

English translation by Juan Sager. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar | 2/11/2014

    " you have to read it and its better if you can read in Portuguese, the film was a very poor attempt to make the spectator witness the journey of the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 2/10/2014

    " Well, I don't know about this one. The writing is certainly unique and the style of dialogue was interesting to read, but overall I don't think this was a very creative story. It was reminiscent of many zombie/plague/end-of-the-world type stories and yet lacking in any explanation for how and why everyone loses their sight, why the doctor's wife does not lose hers, and how the ending came about as it did. The initial quarantine scenario in the abandoned hospital wasn't realistic to me. I can't imagine a medical quarantine under those circumstances without any of the typical anti-contamination precautions that one comes to see as familiar in other plague stories; even if (or maybe I should say ESPECIALLY if) the epidemic is startlingly scary and unexplained, one would think that authorities would do more to try to contain it than putting the infected people in a building behind a chain link fence. I stayed pretty hung up on this issue as the events inside unfolded, so they were just not very believable to me. I was reengaged once again after the hospital portion of the plot ended because the author does an interesting job of reminding the reader of just what would fall apart if the world were afflicted with something of this magnitude. Small details one would not necessarily consider are things that Saramago includes. Unfortunately, the ending leaves much to be desired. It was an unsatisfying ending, to be sure, with more questions than answers and a sense of doubt that this could have possibly happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amalia Liogas | 1/14/2014

    " The premise of the book is intriguing, yet, I did not like a number of the plot points. The rape scene was much too violent for me. The quick and easy disintegration of society, of kindness, of humanity made it a hard read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Tole | 1/10/2014

    " An absolutely stunning book - you can read elsewhere what this about and the nature of Saramago's writing. Suffice ti say that 'Blindness' is an allegorical novel. What the allegory is or what we have to find out is really for everyone to piece together. One of the best books I have read in the last year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy dorso | 1/6/2014

    " This was a 326 page book that should have been no more than 200 pages. The last 20 pages just dragged on and on taking me, literally days to get through. I will never read this author again, nor will I ever understand how a book without quotation marks won the noble prize in literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronny Ahituv | 12/17/2013

    " The story of a city caught by a white epidemic, interesting insight into human behavior and written in a way that completely immerses you in the events and makes you feel a bit blind (literally) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Hamburger | 11/9/2013

    " Saramago has an ability for writing most authors do not. Not since Hemingway have a read such a depiction of the human soul. Blindness is a great story and although it follows a trite plot, he does it in such a way that feels fresh and detailed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloria | 8/8/2013

    " quite possibly the most horrible, disgusting book i've ever read in my life. just thinking about it pisses me off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 7/9/2013

    " Saramago is a genius. All of his allegorical books are wonderful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie Graper | 6/3/2013

    " The lack of punctuation and grammar was hard for me to get past. Also thought the characters were helpless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/21/2012

    " Superb writing. To me there was a big lull in the middle of the book, but the beginning and ending are interesting. Loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/24/2012

    " I read this book in Spanish while trying to improve my Spanish skills. It took almost 6 months and a lot of time with a dictionary due to the exceedingly erudite vocabulary used by the author. It was absolutely fascinating and I was halfway through a second reading when I found this English translation. It will be interesting to see if the book is as interesting in my mother language. The emotional impact of the story ranged from despair to hope, savagery to introspection and from raw sex to spiritual love and I found myself with conflicting emotions towards all of the protagonists. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 A Colleen | 9/24/2012

    " The book had an interesting premise, which is why I picked it up. The gang rape scenes were terrible and I wouldn't recommend this book for that reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis Williams | 9/12/2012

    " This was sort of difficult to get into at first but when I did, I absolutely LOVED IT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camila | 8/5/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed. This author's capacity to portray his ideals in a creative and symbolic way flatters the reader in many ways. I often found myself wondering the truth of reality and as often came to the conclusion that it will always be something manipulated, something we will never agree on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vedana | 6/2/2012

    " We are all looking,but are we really seeing? A flawless answer to this question is this book. You can be surprised, scared and terrified, definetely a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anders Bell | 1/25/2012

    " Horrible, awful, nightmarish, brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeriya | 12/19/2011

    " The only reason I gave this book 4 starsinstead of 5 is because it was hard to read due to the lack of punctuation. However, the plot was intriguing and left me staying up all night reading. If you are into suspense and twisted end of the world plots, I'd recommend this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Williams | 11/6/2011

    " Pardon the pun but this book is very dark ... I've finished and I think I need a hug. Well written but a journey through the degradation of humankind. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aditya | 5/22/2011

    " One bizarre book and an even bizarre translation...!!! Read it if you want an 'unforgettable read'.. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/21/2011

    " An amazing story. If this happened, how would society react? I think this book gives a glimpse at what is a very probable reaction. Truly phenomenal writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rp | 5/16/2011

    " I know the book was very popular but I didn't love it, but it was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/16/2011

    " Makes you think. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mteles | 5/15/2011

    " 'Porque foi que cegámos, Não sei, talvez um dia se chegue a conhecer a razão, Queres que te diga o que penso, Diz, Penso que não cegámos, penso que estamos cegos, Cegos que vê, Cegos que, vendo, não vêm.'
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enrique | 5/10/2011

    " Saramago is among the greatest masters of all times as imaginative narrator, but he was also a firs-rate
    master in irony, sense of humour and deep insights into human nature, as this novel evidences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " Saramago in my top five authors, this or All the Names my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/8/2011

    " This book was fascinating, but as I kept telling my friends around while I was reading it, "horrible." Mostly because the events of the book are about terrible things people do to one another. Reading it was kind of like a train wreck. It's a good book about terrifying things. "

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