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Oryx and Crake: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1 | [Margaret Atwood]

Oryx and Crake: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.
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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories?

©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Renny VILLENA, Spain 03-29-06
    Renny VILLENA, Spain 03-29-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Litchfield Stanmore, Australia 11-06-12
    Denise Litchfield Stanmore, Australia 11-06-12

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    "I'll listen to anything read by John Chancer"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    patricia lanakshire, United Kingdom 06-01-12
    patricia lanakshire, United Kingdom 06-01-12
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    "pure fantasy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    only if you have time to fill and an imagination.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    liked the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he went into the zone


    Did Oryx and Crake inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed because i kept wondering what would happen next. futuristic fantasy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Paula
    WellingtonNew Zealand
    4/21/06
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    "Compulsive Listen"

    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.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    2/3/10
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah-Jane
    York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/8/06
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. P. D. Rudman
    Oxford, UK
    6/26/14
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    "Liked it a lot, but a bit bleak"
    What did you like most about Oryx and Crake?

    Pigoons.


    What other book might you compare Oryx and Crake to, and why?

    The handmaid's tale. Just as bleak. Atwood does bleak really well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once it got going, yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BJohnson
    4/30/14
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    "Keeps you hooked all the way through"
    What did you like most about Oryx and Crake?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suggestion that it could happen


    What about John Chancer’s performance did you like?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
    Staffordshire
    4/6/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    "Interesting and creative story"
    Where does Oryx and Crake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my better " reads".


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 ?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
    westmeath, Ireland
    12/1/13
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    "Give it time and it rewards!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Browsing the library of stories.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending of each character is tragic and moving but only because the author has your interest invested in them by that point.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sheelagh
    Old Coulsdon, United Kingdom
    10/5/13
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    "Superb!"
    Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I will now!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story, beautifully read. What more can I say? Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    WolverhamptonUnited Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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