©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this title, it was so good that it only lasted 2 long listening sessions! I only wish there were more *unabridged* works from Margaret Atwood available at audible.
This book works well as a standalone -- better than the other two books -- but it does get even better as part of the MaddAdams trilogy.
John Chancer does an excellent job bringing Jimmy and the crakers to life. When i think about the book I keep hearing his saying "Ohhh Jimmy" as the crackers, and it brings a smile to my face every time.
This is a book in which the narrator ads another layer to the story.
Storywise it tells you a lot about Jimmy but less about the world. The two following books flesh out the world better.
Good book and I highly recommend it.
As a Margaret Atwood fan, it was a double whammy to discover it read by another favorite, John Cancer. His warm voice kept me in my seat.
only if you have time to fill and an imagination.
liked the ending.
when he went into the zone
i enjoyed because i kept wondering what would happen next. futuristic fantasy.
With each exciting and beneficial step the human race takes in the development of biotechnology, there are far-reaching risks and dangers, never explicitly explored. This novel explores them. The result is a desperately believable and very close future that Margaret Atwood opens up before us with appalling clarity. We follow the tale of an unexceptional, flawed individual who becomes the unwilling witness to and agent of perplexing, yet world-changing, events. Jimmy has had a troubled young life: nothing prepares him for his pivotal role in the future of our planet. This book is a compulsive listen, the inevitable logic of the plot locking inexorably into place as the awful truth unravels.
"Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining"
What a story this is. It is quite hard to review without giving away the plot too much but I listened to this in 2 days and would happily go back to the start right now. The Narration is first class, along with the plot and the characters. The story leaves you thinking about it when you are not listening, wondering "could that really happen?" to which the answer is most often yes it could. Highly, recommend this. I will remember this one for a long time to come and probably shudder as parts of it become true in the future.
"Oryx and Crake (Unabridged)"
This is really worth listening to. Several important contemporary issues are explored in science fiction form, and the narrator delivers the story very well indeed.
"Liked it a lot, but a bit bleak"
The handmaid's tale. Just as bleak. Atwood does bleak really well.
Once it got going, yes
"Keeps you hooked all the way through"
The way the story slowly reveals and some things are never quite explained you have to make your own decisions as to what really happened
The suggestion that it could happen
The different voices it was easy to tell who was talking in the story also the voice for Jimmy it had a despair to it that seemed to match his life
"Confusing but intriguing"
I spent much of book 1 in this trilogy befuddled as to what was going on. It suddenly started to click into place three quarters through, then ended on a cliffhanger. So despite initial reservations, I find myself champing at the bit to hear book 2.
"Interesting and creative story"
One of my better " reads".
The story unfolds in flash back form, something has happened , vast swathes of the earths population have disappeared and those that survive don't seem quite human, ,but what and who is to blame ?
Be warned this is the first in a trilogy and the story does not resolve itself in this book one, so you're basically committing yourself to reading ( listening too) all three. The story does meander, at times you begin to wonder what is the point of some of the tributaries you end up exploring . I however made it to the end of number three so was suitably gripped, although I did feel by book three it was beginning to plod along a little predictably, book one ( this one ) is definitely the best.
"Give it time and it rewards!"
Reading the description of this book, I thought it might be an interesting read.
Starting off however the story seemed disjointed and poorly laid out. You are in the dark as to the whole purpose of the story. You learn of details of a man's childhood, Snowman's childhood, but to what end you are not sure and could easily lose interest.
It was not until a third of the way into the story that the plot really takes off and characters and events become interesting.
For the last third of the story I was hooked. The idea of the story and characters are clever and very strong and engaging.
Overall totally worth listening to. Some of the early parts of the story still seem only slightly relevant but the last half of the story is magic and makes the whole experience worthwhile!
Browsing the library of stories.
The final revelations of plot are thought provoking and fascinating in terms of our future in the technological society we live and in terms of understanding the characters the author has created.
The ending of each character is tragic and moving but only because the author has your interest invested in them by that point.
I haven't, but I will now!
An excellent story, beautifully read. What more can I say? Listen to it!
"Is this where we are heading?"
Beautifully realised evocation of what will happen if we carry on with our obsession with improving Nature. I'd quite like a rakunk though.... I had listened to Year of Flood first and enjoyed it so so much that I then got this one- which answered many of the questions from Year of the flood. Roll on end of August and Maddadam the final part of the trilogy. Great imagination, great writing, great reader
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