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 .
Oryx and Crake Audiobook

Oryx and Crake

Regular Price:$27.93
  • 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

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.

©2002 O.W. Toad, Ltd.; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...expertly rendered...Virtuosic storytelling [is] on display." (The New York Times) "Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in the Origin of the Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them all, and one of the most brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (3739 )
5 star
 (1791)
4 star
 (1193)
3 star
 (489)
2 star
 (163)
1 star
 (103)
Overall
4.2 (2704 )
5 star
 (1391)
4 star
 (809)
3 star
 (336)
2 star
 (110)
1 star
 (58)
Story
4.4 (2681 )
5 star
 (1495)
4 star
 (860)
3 star
 (252)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (25)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kelly Sue Plamp 09-06-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Propaganda Hyperbole Fallacy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not finish this book. At the beginning it was intersting and I enjoyed it. But it slowly (very slowly) turned into a sermon about the evils of genetic engineering. I think the author's time would have been better spent writing letters to congressmen and newspapers to publicize her political views.


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    I normally enjoy sci fi books that are cautionary tales or take us to alternate timelines but this allegory became a little too pointed. I felt the story's judgements and conclusions were being not only spoon fed to me, but that I was also being beaten over the head with the spoon.


    Could you see Oryx and Crake being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I imagine it could be. It would star a popular television evangelist and enron's upper management.


    Any additional comments?

    I am only so bitter because at the start I thought I really found a good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George 08-27-15
    George 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant Atwood"

    Horrifying look at the future. A cautionary tale. A new kind of apocalypse, bleak but well supported. Bold statements about human nature. A likable and relatable narrator. I definitely want to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Artemis 08-22-15
    Artemis 08-22-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible Listen"

    The narrator was so terrible I couldn't get through the audiobook. I read it, though, and it was a significantly better read than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    valeri Kennett Square, PA, United States 08-12-15
    valeri Kennett Square, PA, United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wanted to like it more"
    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    The whole book I was waiting for something to happen in the present. When it finally did, the book ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bunny Mama 08-06-15
    Bunny Mama 08-06-15

    Bunny Mama

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!"

    I loved the story, the writing is amazing and lyrical, and the narration is wonderful. I can't wait to start book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan Collier Waltham, MA 07-27-15
    Jonathan Collier Waltham, MA 07-27-15 Member Since 2012

    I am remarkable.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved It!"

    The voice of this story is incredible, and the exposition was masterful. Can't wait to consume the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kathrine 07-24-15
    kathrine 07-24-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"

    Wow. Just, WOW. Not a lot of words right now to explain my feelings for this story. I've been waiting for a while to discover a story as profound and entertaining as this one. Margaret Atwood has done it again. Surely this too will become a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Summer Dawn Los Angeles, California USA 07-01-15
    Summer Dawn Los Angeles, California USA 07-01-15 Member Since 2015

    darling one

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    Overall
    "engrossing"

    Although the story was fantastic, the narrator's voice was such that I fell asleep a few times. He's a really good narrator, I think it's just the calm, deep tone of his voice.

    Margaret Atwood does a great job weaving a fantastic, truly sci fi story. It was believable. This could be our future.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, Snowman is an outsider in a strange little utopia he oversees. Slowly we learn the origins of the people who inhabit this utopia, and in so doing, who, exactly, Oryx and Crake (and Snowman) are in relation to them. Worth the listen, although I'm not a huge fan of her endings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephanie Patterson, CA, United States 06-29-15
    Stephanie Patterson, CA, United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2012

    Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic literature & dystopian social commentary"

    Atwood is known for her post-apocalyptic distopias. She's equally known for her powerful feminist social commentary. This novel does not disappoint in either respect. I do need to listen to it a second time, however. And maybe even a third. Though short, and seemingly simple, the novel and its storylines are complex, and did not lend themselves to my distracted listening while driving, cleaning, working, etc.

    The tale itself is a story of love, friendship, coming of age, identity-seeking ... pretty typical. It tells of Jimmy/Snowman, Oryx, and Crake, all from Snowman's retrospective account, as he lives amid an artificial, quasi-human species that has survived an apocalypse of sorts. But more than that, the tale highlights the vices of modern society, the risks of nihilism and narcissism, the folly of intellectual zeal. And it does so in a sometimes gritty, painful way - one that at times made my otherwise thick skin crawl with recognition and disgust. Atwood matter-of-factly writes about everything from basic intellectual elitism to religious fanaticism to child sex trafficking, as they have become rampant in the 21st-Century society in which Jimmy grows up.

    Atwood is at once creative and imaginative, yet anchored in the harsh realities of our modern society and the technologies that we (over-) value.

    Oryx and Crake is everything a reader craves from Atwood's sharp and clever writing, but in no way feels like a recycling of anything I've read before - it feels new, fresh, and poignant in this harsh and honest novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mrs. Bliss 05-20-15
    Mrs. Bliss 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not your run-of-the-mill apocalypse story"

    Intriguing and engaging. I didn't want it to end. The story was very inventive and had some really wonderfully complex characters.

    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.