BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how the creationism vs. evolution debate informed the writing of Calculating God.
©2000 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Is Sawyer Canada's answer to Michael Crichton? Very possibly yes." (Montreal Gazette)
"Jonathan Davis...is one of our very best narrators and this is a fine performance. I was rapt the entire time, and even near tears at one moment in the book." (sffaudio.com; named an SFFaudio Essential)
"Jonathan Davis portrays a thoughtful and quietly introspective Jericho....As the conversation with Hollus continues, Davis keeps a steady pace and reflects the intellectual engagement of both characters. He presents the alien's speech as lightly studied, a fitting style for a non-English speaker who coordinates his speech between two mouths." (AudioFile)
This book has a strong story at its core but I feel that it is weakened considerably by the preaching manner in which it is written. This tone seemes to have been picked up and amplified furher by the narrator. An interesting read but not an enjoyable one.
Sounded to be an interesting book, with an argument between beliefs of God vs. science. I listened for several hours and it just couldn't hold my interest, so I gave up.
His voice acting often overlapped between characters and was confusing at times.
It was mediocre.
I was so disappointed that I didn't finish listening. It may have gotten better after the first 1/3 to 1/2
Yes. It asks many of the important questions of our age, including why scientists (I'm one myself) have developed a siege mentality when it comes to discussing the possibility that the universe was designed by an intelligence 13 billion years ago. The answer, of course, is that the ongoing war on science by the rightwing has created an "us versus them" mentality in both groups, which makes this a fairly important novel: It asks questions that neither the science community nor the religious community are willing to publically address.
Tom Jericho, because of his struggle with cancer. I have to admit, this part of his character was unbelievably frightening to me. Who isn't scared of the notion of finding out you have a terminal disease with nine months to live?
Probably Jericho, as well. The narration of the rednecks was particularly poor, however.
The way Sawyer wrote about the protagonist's cancer really was frightening to me. I guess that kind of thing is subjective for each reader, but it really did *get to me.* Otherwise, no, I did not have an extreme reaction. The book, via its characters, asks lots of questions, some deep, some shallow, all important.
It is a true shame that the Hugo Award was denied to this novel. It is Sawyer's masterpiece. I believe it lost to one of Rowling's Harry Potter novels. I have no issue with her work, but it isn't nearly the quality of this novel.
No. Found the story boring
I had a hard time with imagining a big insect alien story line.
The narrators voices were pleasant to listen to.
I couldn't get through the first hour of this book. It didn't grab me.
A great story filled with interesting ideas and fascinating characters. The author does a brilliant job at bringing the City of Toronto to life, but the narrator does miss some of the local flavour (his french-canadian accent is cringe-worthy). That minor nit aside, as it would only bother a local, definitely worth a listen.
I liked listening to this for a while, but then felt it to be more a space for the author to promote his own religious and moral ideologies. I didn't enjoy it after some time. After some time I also found the storyline a little uncreative.
Although I did enjoy this story, I was led to believe it was 12 hours long. For some reason the story is sent in 2 versions making it 12 hrs total for both versions. Had I realized this I would not have bought it. I doubt this was intentional but I feel cheated.
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