©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.
Sexist view point of lead character and sickening themes of child pornography - couldn't finish it.
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.
I really tried hard to listen to this, because the idea seemed a good one. Who knows, the storyline might even be brilliant. I've had to guess. But I couldn't force myself to listen to one more word; the narrator seems limited in his voices to the "melancholy" one and the "whining" one and it was a choice between stopping listening and pulling my own ears off.
"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.
"A book of ideas in sci-fi, not space opera."
I'm not familiar with Margaret Atwood's other work. Although clearly it fits into the sci-if genre, it is not a space opera. It is the sci-if of ideas and their effects upon society. The story does move back and forth over time, but in a limited way and not difficult to follow. The world is not ours, but a future or alternate version. I've just finished listening to this and shall move straight onto the middle book of the trilogy. Atwood has created a strange but familiar universe that is rigid and controlled. It is linear from childhood, but friendship can bridge the paths and the years.
John Chancer is probably not my ideal narrator (I prefer a deeper tone), but he does a very good job here. He manages to define the characters without using a range of accents.
Probably because Atwood is Canadian she uses quite a number of British rather than American terms (eg bum instead of ass or butt) which is a pleasant change.
Oryx and Crake is a great change of gear from the more run-of-the-mill detective or thriller novels that I like. Worth a listen if you enjoy a change. I did.
"A slow burner but worth persevering with"
Took me a while to get into, and the plot is deliberately opaque to begin with, but it's worth persevering with. An interest idea of the future - and Chancer reads it well.
"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.
"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
"Not for the faint of heart"
I really like Margaret Atwood, and what I've read of this series, it's well read and well written, but there are some dark themes in this one and I nearly had to turn it off a few times. I made it through and I suppose it was worth it, but I would've liked a warning before I dove in.
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