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Darwin's Radio Audiobook

Darwin's Radio

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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)

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    M. Haney 04-28-16
    M. Haney 04-28-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Reasonably enjoyable entertainment"

    I'd rate the story an average entertainment for those interested in the scientific and anthropological possibilities suggested by the book jacket. I would have preferred a much faster pacing of the story.

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    Jason Cole 01-13-16
    Jason Cole 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, Bad Audio"

    Some of the chapters seemed like they got cut off in mid sentence, but the story was so good I kept listening and will now be broke for the rest of the week because I had to buy the sequel.

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    R. Macia Fitchburg, WI 06-26-15
    R. Macia Fitchburg, WI 06-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful book and performance!"

    Greg Bear and George Guidall. How can this story be better? Captivating. Loved it again.

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    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 06-13-15
    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 06-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story"
    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book, I thought I'd like the sequel "Darwin's Children" but the latter just didn't do anything for me....very draggy, and I couldn't be bothered to finish it. So I returned the latter (Thanks for that Audible).

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    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-12-15
    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good!"

    This is a great story but a bit slow. I plan on reading the sequel.

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    Laurie United States 01-16-15
    Laurie United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great concept, poor execution"
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or George Guidall?

    The concept behind this story was intriguing, but the execution was just not well done. The highly educated professional scientist ends up behaving like a school girl. The Federal agents don't behave much better. I would not read another book by Greg Bear.


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

    This was a scientific concept. Develop the science of the story further. Allow the characters to stay true to themselves and evolve in a mature sense.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading of the story was great. Nice inflection.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I really expected a scientific thriller. I even get into the political upheaval a situation like this might cause, but the character and story development really fell short.


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    David Glen Echo, MD, United States 08-17-14
    David Glen Echo, MD, United States 08-17-14
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    "Surprise! I loved it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hard to recommend because of technobiojargonlanguage,particularly in the first 1/2 of the book. But, if you hang in, the last 1/3 is really compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin's Radio?

    When the 3 year old interfaces with other children.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    When he did the argument between the several government types toward the end of the book. He is so masterful, you were never confused about who was saying what to whom.
    Since Frank died, George is alone at the top of the mountain.


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

    Both...I did. I cried several times and laughed out loud a few times. I got angry. This one really got to me. Thank you Mr. Bear.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep'em coming.

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    mark 08-11-14
    mark 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Painful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story that keeps attention vs. filling pages describing a scene without purpose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started with promise then went downhill and stayed there.


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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 08-01-14
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 08-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing"

    Good book, kept me intrigued through to the end. I didn't want it to end and was glad there was a sequel.

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    Berkley Washington, DC 05-15-14
    Berkley Washington, DC 05-15-14 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.

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    "This was a rather enjoyable book until the end."
    What would have made Darwin's Radio better?

    An ending that didn't suck


    Has Darwin's Radio turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. This is one of my favorite genres.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Darwin's Radio?

    The characters were fine. The ending really disappointed.


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