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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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    Reamingthy 09-20-16
    Reamingthy 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "You Miscalculated Bob!"
    What would have made Calculating God better?

    More action. More suspense. It was just boring ... and mildly depressing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I confess, I didn't finish the book. I got about 2/3 of the way through before I felt like I was wasting too much of my life waiting for this book to get good. The book just did not have enough action, or suspense, or anything approaching excitementt for me. If you like science, and are intrigued by the interplay/antagonism between science and faith, you might find this book interesting, but don't count on it. I think you're more likely to find it depressing.

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    james 09-11-16
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    "Amazing read"

    Since discovering audible I've been waiting to stumble upon a sci-fi story this intelligent. Amazing dialogue creating endearing characters struggling with modern dilemmas/topics.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-16
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    "Church camp for nerds"

    Doesn't work as Sci Fi.
    Very dull discourse format for storytelling. But if you lack a scientific background it's an ok intro to several concepts in astrobiology; "Goldilocks zone" and colligative properties of water among many others.

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    Markh 09-04-16
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    "Fascinating, totally engaging. It's a lovely story which will force you to think about very important things. Don't miss it. I"

    I loved it! It takes a lot to keep my attention, but from the start, I was eager to listen.
    Extremely serious stuff, for adults, and yet time and again I found myself laughing out loud. Extremely good use of a great imagination.
    I guess I made it clear that you should read and recommend it. Mark

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    Daniel 07-25-16
    Daniel 07-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Set Up to a story...."

    This story has a very intriguing set up that captured my attention from the beginning. Love books or stories where you can tell the author spent a lot of time researching or learning the subject before writing about it. The only reason I couldn't quite bring myself to give this book five starts in that the ending seemed a little under-whelming. Although, in this books defense I don't quite know how to create a worthy ending for such an epic topic. In the end I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

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    Philosurfer 07-01-16
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    "Thought provoking"

    writing style was a little too simple for my taste, some dialogue was unrealistic, however it was still an overall good novel, clear and uncluttered, with a surprisingly satisfying ending, definitely worth a read- listen

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    Bill Page 05-17-16
    Bill Page 05-17-16
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    "Juvinile This book is almost just silly"

    I do regret spending my money on this one - obviously not one of his better efforts even if it might one of his most popular.

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    Juan 05-12-16
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    "Calculating God"

    Wow
    Not easy to understand very thing but I really liked it . I am a true believer in God and I never questioned my believe. I need to hear it again .

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    Patrick j Mann 03-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing"

    This was an incredibly depressing book. It had a somewhat fractured plot, with no resolution. No plot twists just jumps. The main characters were fully developed and intriguing. The premise was good. But the story was jumbled and the conclusion was totally dissatisfying. So much more could've been done with this story. Mostly it left me depressed and unfulfilled.

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    Xeon Bothell, WA 03-04-16
    Xeon Bothell, WA 03-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    Book is controversial because it sits on neither side of the fence. Ending is unsatisfying.

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