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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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