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Calculating God Audiobook
Calculating God
Written by: 
Robert J. Sawyer
Narrated by: 
Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
Calculating God Audiobook

Calculating God

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Publisher's Summary

In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho. A shocked Jericho finds that not only does life exist on other planets, but that every civilization in the galaxy has experienced extinction events at precisely the same time. Armed with that disconcerting information (and a little help from a grand unifying theory), the alien informs Jericho, almost dismissively, that the primary goal of modern science is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how the creationism vs. evolution debate informed the writing of Calculating God.

  • 2009 Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • ©2000 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 05-10-14
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not sure what I expected with this."

    This is definitely not a religious tale although this is a part of it.

    Aliens come to earth and who do they want to see? Not the president, prime minister or the queen. Not the Pope, Dalai Lama or other religious leaders. No, they want to see a paleontologist, to help find God. The atheist paleontologist and religious alien work together to find God.

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    Farrell 05-10-14
    Farrell 05-10-14

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Beginning was great"

    I really like the beginning, the portrayal of an alien walking in and asking for a paleontologist. Much of the rest of the book got bogged down. There were high points, but overall just slow.

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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-08-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-08-14
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    "Everything The Sixth Grade Writer in Me Loves"
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Not likely


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Not Likely


    Could you see Calculating God being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole story, its not terrible, but i continually found myself rolling my eyes. The book immaturely written. The author obviously knows a lot about various different sciences and takes on religion. I got the book because it was on sale and i find the topic interesting-- that's what kept me going. He has some good one liners in there, but overall it sounds like my inner kid writer coming out. Awful pop culture references.

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    Paul Coupaud 05-06-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Definitely not theological bickering!"

    This story hooked me right from the beginning and was one I had a tough time going to sleep on. Great story with a fascinating approach and unique perspective. I definitely got more than I bargained for and expected!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ohmie 05-03-14
    ohmie 05-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly Good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calculating God to be better than the print version?

    No idea but this audio version is fantastic.


    What other book might you compare Calculating God to and why?

    No idea but it must now rank as one of my all time favorite books. Robert J. Sawyer is brilliant, entertaining, insightful, and surprising. Sawyer yokes together scientific, religious, historical and philosophical concepts in an easy and wonderful way. This book will become an annual read for me.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring a lightness and vibrancy that one might not get reading on their own. Davis was very good and fun to listen to.


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

    Virtually every moment but probably the moment i was hooked was when Hollis (sp? since I I only listened and didn't read) first appeared at the main desk of the ROM and asked for a paleontologist.


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    Brian AUSTIN, MN, United States 05-01-14
    Brian AUSTIN, MN, United States 05-01-14
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    "Mixed Review..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the philosophical parts of this book, and wished it would have stuck to those story lines. Instead, it spins off it's axis near the end and it really struggled to keep my attention. I found his descriptions of aliens fascinating, and the math behind his story intriguing. It had me rethinking a lot as I listened.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert J. Sawyer? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. I found the hard facts of the book intriguing, but his storytelling average at best.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did Calculating God inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to think about the universe we live in and how the actual science of it all relates to my personal beliefs.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Uncle Webster USA 04-29-14
    Uncle Webster USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not impressed"
    What would have made Calculating God better?

    From the buildup I expected more. Interesting concepts but the story was very simplistically written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 04-28-14
    susan 04-28-14
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    "Compelling..."

    It took me a while to get into this book, but overall it was an interesting listen. It abounds with scientific terminology and as a non-scientist, there were times that i got a bit lost. However, and as the title suggests, there is a lot of "is-there-a-god" discussion, addressing the philosophical question about the reality of a higher power/creator rather than the theological Christian ethic--an important distinction for me, an agnostic bordering on atheism. These heady discussions mostly occur between the paleontologist at a Canadian museum and and a very likable alien and are hugely thought-provoking and well conceived. I ended up caring a lot for the characters, and though the ending was a tad contrived, the story was engaging and the narrator excellent. Recommend...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuckc72 Arvada, CO 04-28-14
    Chuckc72 Arvada, CO 04-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Charles

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    "Altered perspectives"

    Aliens convincing scientists that god really exists. Very predictable and very sad, I couldn't imagine telling my son that I was dying. I really didn't care for the book but it did get me thinking about religion and my own personal beliefs from a different perspective.

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    George 04-27-14
    George 04-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good."
    What made the experience of listening to Calculating God the most enjoyable?

    Story was exceptional with a good plot line. The narration made the book more enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hollis


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial meeting with an alien.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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