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)
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.
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
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!
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
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.
Robert Sawyer's novel ties anthropology, paleontology and geology with threads of divinity. Beginning to end, this at times whimsical but never irreverent book is well narrated and skillfully produced pacing the listener through multiple layers of thrilling adventure and intrigue. Interestingly juxtaposing science and religion, Sawyer skates on the edges of scientific propriety without offense to the faithful.
What a great story. Story? This is a very good approach to the big question, Is there a God or not. Packed into a very moving life story it keeps you listening to the last minute.
I read this book at the request of a friend, and although, I did not find it to be, what I'd call a page turner, it had some very good parts. I am a Christian, but I am also, very curious about our world, and our universe. I do not look for answers to the question "what is God?" or "why, cancer?" or " do we have a soul?" because I accept the revelatory nature of the Judaeo-Christian scriptures, however I love to think about the "how" of our universe. I have often thought of God as the greatest scientific mind, and our pursuit of scientific answers as a way of discovering truths about our creator, and his creation. This book touches on some of that and that part of the story was fun, but the rest was, in my opinion, just disappointing, under-par, sci-fi. I would recommend it, but with certain forewarnings that the author capitulated to tired, old, familiar "god-descriptions" used in past literature. I was hoping for a fresh, new spin on things.
So, though, somewhat disappointing at the end, a good story that asks all the big questions but, leaves the real research up to the reader.
I knew the author had an agenda up front, I just hoped it would be contained in more of a story. The premise was intriguing but key characters were made of too much straw and cardboard. If the words wasted in navel gazing and strawman fighting had instead been employed in fleshing out a story of first contact and the global reactions, that would've been the book I wish I had read.
My compliments on very good narrative performance, of such shaky material.
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