Half-way into the book and nothing has happened. Just a reflecting of how evil humanity can go and the awful things that we meet there.
I think I liked this book, or maybe just wanted to like it enough that it kinda stuck. The biology, sociobiology and psychology is interesting. Marget Atwood has some interesting ideas about the psychological pressures behind the shortcomings of mankind and the traits we can graft from other species to overcome our deficiencies. She also has an absolute fixation on transactional sexuality and the myriad ways one can use/abuse sex. I mean she really digs it. We got a taste in The Handmaid's Tale, but here she super-sexualizes a seven year old (say that five times fast) and has a character that obsessively recount the abuse every few pages. Its totally unnecessary for the reader, or maybe once if that is the lever to the abused characters mind and a second time to reveal the narrator's discomfort, but after that it just feels like the author is trying to be "edgy" or confrontational and not in service to the story. Beyond the sexual disfunction most of the characters fall flat. The Crakers are actually kind of great. Their society, ritual and biology is interesting and well described. Oryx (the sexy child) is at her best in our limited observations of her with the Crakers and Crake himself is mostly a sociopathic cardboard cut-out. We are limited in our understanding of the other principal characters because our narrator is helplessly self absorbed. His interest in Oryx and Crake are simply as a reflection of his own needs, doubts and desires. Jimmy (the narrator) does offer some fun word play and all of his best moments are punctuated with his collection of under-utilized or otherwise enjoyable words.
I have a curiosity which may prove enough to continue with the series. This is definitely a dark dystopic world, but the science is interesting and the Crakers have significant potential. Jimmy may not be beyond redemption, but it will require him embracing his role in society. He has shown signs, which is all I can ask.
Who would have thought a long commute to work could yield so much fun?
Psychology of change
The Giver... in the sense that the end seems to leave you hanging, but not so much in the same way.
The best and worst aspects of humanity might not be what you think they are.
Atwood, as usual, leaves nothing left unsaid. Growth, change, and survival are the primary themes but in the context of humanity's own self-destructive tendencies. Atwood captures possibly the most revealing aspect to being human - how tragedies endured lead to well-intended sacrifice, wisdom lost, strength, and a new myth. Atwood imbues in her three characters a very recognizable three-part person, in which the title character ends up dealing with the difference between reality, the past, and the memory that ultimately overlaps allowing for a means to joy, agony, curiosity, perplexity, and survival, although not in an anticipated way. Of course. The more closely one listens, the more one sees the conclusion unfold in each chapter, a story pre-destined and yet pregnant with 'what if' or 'what might have been', but inexorably leading to the unconditional surrender to 'what is'.
This book is science fiction, with fiction emphasized. Margret Atwood gets the science of genetics all wrong, but that is part of the fun. It is a parable of sorts, loaded with winks and smiles.
Unfortunately, one does not feel anything for the characters, nor does one care.
I was disappointed because I was expecting another Handmaidens Tale. Atwood is a formidable social critic but Oryx and Crake was simply cagey.
I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.
A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.
It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.
Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.
This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.
Campbell Scott's narration is outstanding, and really made me love the character of Snowman. In fact, I had started reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it. But the Audible version was great.
Jimmy (Snowman) of course, as the book is told from his point of view and focusses on him. But even narrating the female voices, Scott does a fine job.
Margaret Atwood is one of our greatest living writers. I believed this even before I listened to the Oryx and Crake trilogy, but these works strengthened my conviction. The narrator of Oryx and Crake is profoundly alienated, which makes this the darkest of the three, but there is also a great deal of sly humor. And a whole lot of very fine writing. The future world Atwood creates draws on the currents and proclivities of your own times, taking them to logical extremes. The result is deeply unsettling.
I have always loved Margaret Atwood's style of writing and this book lived up to my expectations. The narration was easy to understand.
I read the Hand Maid's Tale by Margaret Atwood several years ago. Since they were by the same author they both had the same writing style. Both were futuristic novels where one man and group had molded their idea of the perfect future and it had gone terribly wrong.
He brought the emotions and voices of the characters to life.
I started listening to this book during my morning walk and could not stop listening until the book was finished late that night. I was totally engrossed with the book.
The main reason for buying this book was Margaret Atwood. I have already purchased two more Audible books by her and will probably buy more of her books in the future.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!