This one has 3 narrators, women for Toby and Ren, and a man for Adam One. At the end of each of Adam One's "sermons" is a song which I assume was sung by the narrator, since I don't see a credit for the singer. I am only about 1/3 through the book, but all three of the readers are very good, and the folksy songs give the audio version a special touch that reading the book would not allow.
I am listening to it right now, about half way through. I do not enjoy the singing, I try to listen but I sometimes fast forward through it. I love the narrators, they did a great job. I would recommend it.
If you have the option, you should choose the audio version of this book (available for mp3 players from amazon's audible.com). The hymns (lyrics by Margaret Atwood), integral to the story, are beautifully sung in the audio book version: " Hymns of the God's Gardeners; Lyrics from Year of the Flood" by Orville Stoeber;Margaret Atwood. Sung beautifully to guitar accompaniment. Alternatively, the album can be downloaded in mp3 format from amazon.com ($8.99).
I almost exclusively listen to books now (it probably has to do with my advanced age). All of Atwood's books I've listened to have had excellent narrators. I am a big fan of Mark Bramhall, who is the voice of Adam One. I will read almost anything he narrates.
I am hating the narration for Year of the Flood. One of the women narrators is awful. A low whispering voice almost trying to be sensual when not appropriate. The folk singing is annoying and I have to fast forward. I feel like I am being brain washed or something. I liked the narrator for Oryx & Crake but can't stand this one.
Have to say that the musical interludes are jarring and not welcome adjuncts to this story. Don't feel they add anything; they're well performed, but they are not quite over the top enough to be obvious satire, and if they're meant to tell us something about the Gardeners, what I got is this: the music they like is super white, super bland, and super syrupy - kind of what you'd expect from the Carpenters, only without Karen Carpenter.