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Yes, though I don't think I would with most of Atwood's work. I think the narrator of this book draws greater strength from the story than it would have otherwise.
I love the futuristics world she's created, more vibrant and more realistic than some of her other work (eg the Handmaid's Tale). I also love the strength of the main character and his steadfastness in the face of everything that's happened. I also love how Atwood lets the story unfold in part, jumping around in the narrative to shape something that is more fulfilling and complete than chronology.
The last one, though I was loath to keep reading as it meant the book would soon be over...
Yes definitely, and for the most part I did!
Try it out. This book will challenge you, your visions of the future, and even what you think you know.
Not really. I felt the story to be misguided and too contrite. Didn't find any creativity in it or suspense.
Probably not because the reviews I'm reading said that this is probably her best.
monotone, hard to follow which character (old or young characters during flashbacks) was speaking or being spoken of.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
Excellent reader with just the right amount of inflection and drama. I love a good post-apocalyptic narrative, and this one creates the lead-in from a near-future dystopia perfectly. I've always loved Margaret Atwood's writing, and consider this and it's sequel, "The Year of the Flood" to be some of her best.
Great detail and surprising plot development allows one to revisit this story several times. Always good in any novel!
The story was great, I couldn't wait to listen to more. But like all of Atwood books there is no clear ending. It just stops. Makes me a little crazy. I want a wrap up. Her books I've read to date tend to leave me with more questions than resolutions.
This is one of the Great Science Fiction novels of the last few years - and yeah, I'm aware that me calling it Sci-Fi would annoy the author, but if it walks like a duck...
The story is set in two undisclosed futures; the 'present' of our main character Snowman, as he struggles to navigate the perils of a post-apocalyptic (a plaguealypse, this time) America, while caring for a tribe of genetically engineered post-humans; and also Snowman's past (and our near-future), where mankind is spinning ever faster towards a gene-tech driven singularity, while trying its hardest to ignore the impending ecocalypse. Snowman, then known as Jimmy, details his relationships with the two eponymous characters, Oryx and Crake, who will both have their parts to play in the catastrophe to come...
The themes themselves won't be new to any regular Sci-Fi readers; I sometimes get the feeling Atwood, like many authors who don't "do" sci-fi (Cormac McCarthy, Colson Whitehead), imagines their 'speculative fiction' is breaking new ground when they're actually on a well-worn track, both in terms of story and themes. But who cares when it's this well written?
The narration was ... well, it was good; it wasn't a detriment to the story in any way, but I sometimes felt it was overly morose. I guess that's not a criticism, just a preference; but for me, it didn't quite live up to the prose, and I found my hard-copy sessions (I always do a read-listen-read relay) more pleasurable. It could be that often the story's the thing for me, but with this particular book, the prose is an end in itself.
So yes, a whole-hearted recommendation from me - as a measure of this, I can say that I started the next novel set in this universe ("The Year of the Flood") literally the minute I had finished this - although i do recommend also going hard-copy/Kindle to get the most out of it. At any rate: Get it!
Starts slow, but story telling method keeps you intrigued
Book and read was too long for one sitting, took me a while to get through it.
depends on the readers appreciation for dystopian novels. If you can see Tom Hanks castaway through to the end, you'll enjoy the pay off at the end of this book.
the narrator was rather slow, I just sped up the narrator speed and it was fine.
It's no Handmaid's Tale. But I enjoyed the advencher this book took me on.
Not sure if I would listen again, as the all-too-possible thought of mankind's dismal future is not exactly uplifting. But I loved the first listen... Atwood paints beautiful (or at least stunningly vivid) pictures with her words, and the narrator brought them to life. It was like watching a movie with my ears instead of my eyes, and as it is with any excellent movie, the message went right to my heart.
Wonderful narration, fascinating story, rich writing style. Easy to follow in audiobook format. It sucked me in!! Highly recommend.
I expected something close to "cell", by Stephen King. A post apocalyptic tale of survival amidst difficulties. This book was sooooo slow, and the story was so jumbled up, it was hard to tell what was really going on. The premise was interesting, but the follow through was just not there. So disjointed and hard to follow. I did not finish the book.