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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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    "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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    Sherri 02-19-16
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    "God and Science - the new frontier"
    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly very good and thought provoking. Interesting premise followed up with theology and scientific theory. Loved the main characters and the challenges for each to overcome past beliefs and face the future with open minds and hearts. Very touching and heartwarming science - who knew?

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    Carl D. LeMay 01-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "judgment of a title"

    Definitely not what you would expect from the title. Good read for sure. Different perspective gives light.

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    lola folana 12-16-15
    lola folana 12-16-15

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    "disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Calculating God?

    I was looking forward to a good discussion about science vs god. but the alien character starts presenting mythical information (at least at this point to humanity.... ie. the grand unified theory of everything) to support his argument that god exists, thereby rendering the argument itself mythical and unreal. Didn't even bother to finish it.


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    jly 11-23-15
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    "Interesting ideas, good story and characters"

    A number of very interesting ideas regarding religion and science expressed through a good story and characters.

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    Anders 10-28-15
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    "Sci-fi about The question of Gods existance"

    Good book for a science nerd like myself. I enjoyed the story, aliens arrive in Canada to study earth evolution. I recommend to atheists, believers of any faith (and interested in science) and agnostics. Also of course because it's a good and unusual sci-fi book.

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    Sandra I. Oliver Rochester, New York 10-26-15
    Sandra I. Oliver Rochester, New York 10-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought Provoking"

    Very compelling story. I cannot judge the sciece, but the author is very convincing. I have faith it is true.

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    Terrance Ferguson 10-23-15 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.

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    "Highly recommended, particularly for the agnostic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calculating God to be better than the print version?

    Didnt partake in the print. The narrator added alot of personality to the main character. I really appreciated his spin on the character.


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

    I havent read anything like it lately.


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

    No i have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just the amazement and wonder i had learning and mentally debating with points in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book. I really enjoyed the mystery/problem in the book. I also really enjoyed analyzing God from a scientific standpoint. I highly recommend this if you are agnostic or atheist because it makes the book more relatable and more meaningful to follow. Some parts of the narrative were a little mushy and dramatic for me BUT i understood why they were there. Just for me personally i wanted more science and debate. Very thought provoking and interesting stuff.

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    David la jolla, CA, United States 10-21-15
    David la jolla, CA, United States 10-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the most interesting books ever"

    Really interesting book. The story was very unusual and made you think. Must read for those who like great story lines

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