What an imagination Margaret Atwood has! Oryx and Crake is so surprisingly different from Handmaid's Tale - one my favorite books -but an equally original vision of the dystopian future. Though the cause of the apocalypse is something we all will recognize, it doesn't detract from the dread. From the top of the tree where Snowman (Jimmy) awakes to his cautious first steps back to the ruins of his former world, I was "with" him on that journey. I worried about his foot as if it was mine. (That's all I need say about that.) It's a masterful unfolding of the horror, ingeniously told through a mix of memories and straight narration of events. Personally , I think the telling could have done without Snowman's random lapses into profanity, but it didn't bother me too much. I did appreciate the twangs of humor in Oryx and Crake. I laughed aloud at several scenes, and equal credit here must be given to the narrator. All in all, a marvelous ride, and I am definitely excited about moving on to the rest of this series.
Not at all impressed with the pseudo high-concept dystopian future. Listened to half of the book and gave up. The characters have interesting, but unappealing traits, and they aren't characters the reader would want to be around.
Margret Atwood is not the easiest author to read. Her books have a real substance to them. They challenge me to thing about her characters and the story she's telling. This book is no exception, but she just got a bit over the top preachy on the subject of bio engineering and her view of our future. It was worth the read, but it could have been a lot more if she'd toned it down a bit.
I'm not usually inclined to choose such dark and serious stories, but I loved Margaret Atwood's other books, so I gave Oryx and Crake a try. I am so glad I did! The narrator is really great, and the story is very compelling. This is the first of a seris
Out of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, Oryx and Crake is my absolute favorite. The story is inventive. The language is complex. I am in awe of Margaret Atwood; she has created a complete, very different world, one that plagues my mind.
Lets hope not
I had a love hate relationship with the whole thing, many things sounded like good and bad ideas at the same time, thus I was often at a loss how to feel about all the tech and environmental development. Of course anything that could go wrong often did, but I often thought "this could have been a positive development..." But outcomes were often pretty believable, and so sadly it was easy to buy-in, I guess that's what makes a good read, it doesn't coddle you, often dragging you into new ideas and challenging you while you can't put it down (or stop listening in this case)
Jimmy is an average guy in a cruel world who finds himself in good and bad situations which he has no control of and can't seem to get a grip. A good character to follow.