We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Darwin's Radio Audiobook

Darwin's Radio

Regular Price:$39.87
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Greg Bear's fiction ingeniously combines cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters. It has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and choruses of critical acclaim. Now, with Darwin's Radio, Bear creates a nonstop thriller swirling with provocative ideas about the next step of human evolution.

In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up. How are these seemingly disparate events connected? Kaye Lang and her colleagues must race against a genetic time bomb to find out.

Darwin's Radio pulses with intelligent speculation, international adventure, and political intrigue as it explores timeless human themes. George Guidall's masterful performance heightens the excitement and keeps you enthralled until the final fascinating word.

©2000 Greg Bear; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Winner, 2000 Nebula Award - Best Novel

"Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (867 )
5 star
 (225)
4 star
 (301)
3 star
 (232)
2 star
 (71)
1 star
 (38)
Overall
3.7 (483 )
5 star
 (141)
4 star
 (158)
3 star
 (124)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (25)
Story
4.0 (480 )
5 star
 (171)
4 star
 (181)
3 star
 (101)
2 star
 (17)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rob H Phoenix, AZ 02-24-12
    Rob H Phoenix, AZ 02-24-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Medicore Story Ruined By Awful Narrator"

    The description intrigued me, so I bought the book. However, had I realized that it was read by George Guidall, I would not have. This is the same guy that reads all the Brad Thor and Vince Flynn books, and he's awful. Actually, awful only begins to describe his performance. An old guy with too much spit in his mouth, all of his characters sound the same, making it difficult to follow the story. He has four basic voices: male, female, Southern male and Southern female. His foreign accents helped in distinguishing those characters, but otherwise, they all sounded like an excessively-jowled old guy with too much saliva production. Additionally, his speech inflection is odd, and exactly the same for every character. I think the voice characterization for the male protagonist changed two or three times during the book.

    The story itself was average. It sounded like the author couldn't tell if he wanted to write a political thriller or a legal battle or a bio-med story or something that could be made into a movie for the LMN network. Some of this tediousness was caused by the narrator (did I mention he sucked?), but looking past that, it took far too long to tell this story. It dragged in places for no apparent reason, as if the telling of mundaneness was the purpose for writing the story in the first place.

    The description of this book makes it sound a lot more intriguing than it is and should have been half as long as it is. It's not an action or adventure story. It's basically a medical "thriller" with a lot of cruft thrown in.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AC 02-10-12
    AC 02-10-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    349
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not disappointed"

    This was pretty well paced and decently written for pop fiction; narration was good and I will probably listen to the next one to hear the story wrapped up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patricia Boise, ID 11-03-10
    Patricia Boise, ID 11-03-10 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent Read"

    This was my first Greg Bear book and it will not be my last. The science was engaging and plausibly presented. The dreams described by the characters and woven into the story are so clear that I became invested in the characters and their lives and welfare. I identified with the two main characters so closely at the end that it surprised me how my emotions paralled theirs ??? the joys, fears, anguish. I enjoyed the science immensely and the pace was good. Greg Bear brought the story lines together throughout the book and the narration was engaged and reflective of the action and mood. I highly recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Pesavento 11-09-07 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Good SF. Disappointing naration."

    I really enjoyed the book conceptually. Obviously the author is well versed in the science of genetics and evolution, reminiscent of Crichton. There are good fictional twists that are thought provoking and written convincingly. The long stretches of hard sceince naration might put some people off. I actually enjoyed them, but I am in the field. Bear's character development and dialog is much better than most hard SF writers, but certainly not as good as a more literary SF writer like Margaret Atwood or Ursula LaGuin. The main thing that I found irritating was the narrators reading of the material. There were many times when the author actually states in the text that a character delivers a line in a specific way and the reader doesn't read the line that way. I repeatedly found myself saying that I would have read that character very differently in my own mind if I were reading this book than the narrator did, and it would have made it more compelling and enjoyable.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rion United States 04-30-12
    Rion United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    62
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Darwin's Radio only plays Country?"

    Loved the premise but fell flat. So diluted with science and bureaucracy there were moments I thought a government paycheck was due me. Maybe I was auditing genetics post grad; ie, felt like work at times. Then comes along The pharmaceutical company, or was it government owned...OMG! Less would have been much more. But the author was wed to his image of the Neanderthal families fighting for change throughout the ages in a consistently hyper intolerant world. I don't want to give away more. To end the book, my way, principals would have been heading to San Francisco to tour with U2, chilling with Chomsky, or making their Iphone translation app. Oprah for sure. While Darwin's Radio plays some wicked genetics tunes, society regressed to the middle ages, or maybe we never left...OMG, I got it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 10-12-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good story. Very original"

    I really liked this story. Very original and well performed. I would highly recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Pretty good"

    I thought this was worth a credit. I listened to it a month or so back, and don't actually remember that much about it. The fact that I've forgotten most of it means that there was nothing outstanding about it either positive or negative. I would buy another title from this author if I didn't have anything else on my wish list to try. My overall impression is positive, but not thrilled or inspired. I don't have a critique of the science, which to this laywoman seemed plausible enough. I have to comment that the audio sample offered is from the beginning of the book and represents a section where the author - in the voice of a somewhat cynical character - describes a woman's qualities primarily in terms of her attractiveness and sexual performance. I remember finding that particular passage irritating and almost stopping the program when I heard it. I am glad I stuck with it though, because the point of view of the story isn't solely from that character's point of view, and the author did not seem to share his character's cynicism.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Oliver 06-01-10
    Oliver 06-01-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    53
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    58
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    29
    Overall
    "Pretty good sci-fi"

    I really liked this book. A little long winded, but overall easy to listen to. Pretty cool concept.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Filmface 08-01-16
    Filmface 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    Overall
    Story
    "The recording skips"

    I tried re-downloading to no avail. Very disappointed, the book seems fascinating but the skipping misses words at the beginning of every sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Borregoresner Austin, Texas United States 06-24-16
    J. Borregoresner Austin, Texas United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It's 2 Books In One"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those that like stories about "relationships" more than plot/true Sci-Fi


    What could Greg Bear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finished the story as it developed int he first half and not outsourced the second half to a pulp romance novel writer.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    Meh.


    What character would you cut from Darwin's Radio?

    Everything from about 60% on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very interesting and engaging until it did a hard turn away from Sci-Fi and jumped head first into a melodrama. There were times I had to check my phone/MP3 player just to make sure I was actually listening to the right book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.