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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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    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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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 10-15-15
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 10-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Great SF"

    This story seems to generate a lot of controversy, due to the topic. That's to be expected. Those who have strong views on the theist-atheist and creation-evolution issues might want to avoid this one.

    Contrary to what I have read in some reviews, the author makes no attempt to answer these questions, or even to sway the audience in one direction or the other. This is fiction, and darned good fiction at that! He explores the questions from an unexpected angle. No spoiler here. Read the publisher's description. In this story, an advanced alien believes in the scientifically undeniable existence of a Creator, while an earth scientist denies it. The book explores the type of discussions that they might have set against the background of the first alien visit to Earth. Sawyers uses blatantly fictional "scientific evidence" along with arguments that you might actually hear a scientific creationist use to support the theist alien's position. That seems to upset some reviewers, but again, it's fiction.

    All of the controversy aside, I really enjoyed this book. If you can take it for what it is intended to be, it's well worth a listen/read. I will definitely check out more Robert Sawyer. Also, Jonathan Davis did a very competent job on the narration. I only give five stars for wow-level work, hence the four stars for both story and reading. Well done, guys.

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-15
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    "Poorly researched, full of logical fallacies"

    I couldn't finish listening to this. It was just to frustrating. I kept wanting to explain the poor logic. I would expect a book that presents itself as an exploration into a deep subject that has been debated for centuries to at least do the background work and present the best arguments on both sides. This book doesn't even come close.

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    dachi 10-05-15
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    "7/10"

    this book was what i was expecting, the author's remarks at the beginning set expectations very well. I am atheist and don't belive in religion; but i could buy Sawyer's version of God

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    demo 10-02-15
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    "A beautiful story throughout"

    This is really the first book that I've heard that does exactly everything I wanted. There were questions I never thought of, that made me question myself. There was drama, not the cheesy stuff, there was love and finally no cliff hanger. Everything was wrapped up beautifully in a nice neat little package. Very awesome!

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    Kasey 10-01-15
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    "more than I could have imagined"

    I chose this book after reading The Exorcist see another perspective. it was brilliantly done offers many different. series about creators and creation and interesting differences that could come about a month various intergalactic races

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    ozgribbo Australia 09-26-15
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    "Different viewpoint."

    I wondered about buying this book, but was glad I did. As a Science Teacher I have studied a fair bit of this subject and thought that the author did a good job of presenting the various aspects of evolution.

    Good plot, well written and some different characters made this an enjoyable book.

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