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Oryx and Crake Audiobook

Oryx and Crake

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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)

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    Kate 33 Riverside, CA United States 05-01-16
    Kate 33 Riverside, CA United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh my gosh! Seriously disappointed in this one!"

    I cannot believe I listened to 10 1/2 hours when this story could have been written as a novella and probably would have been much more enjoyable to endure. There were interesting and twisted points, but not enough to justify 10 1/2 hours of my time. There could have been a possibility of redemption had there actually been an ending of substantial merit, but it seems to have been set up as a series and I will no longer participate in this on going agony.

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    Jakk 04-11-16
    Jakk 04-11-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing story."

    What an imagination Margaret Atwood has! Oryx and Crake is so surprisingly different from Handmaid's Tale - one my favorite books -but an equally original vision of the dystopian future. Though the cause of the apocalypse is something we all will recognize, it doesn't detract from the dread. From the top of the tree where Snowman (Jimmy) awakes to his cautious first steps back to the ruins of his former world, I was "with" him on that journey. I worried about his foot as if it was mine. (That's all I need say about that.) It's a masterful unfolding of the horror, ingeniously told through a mix of memories and straight narration of events. Personally , I think the telling could have done without Snowman's random lapses into profanity, but it didn't bother me too much. I did appreciate the twangs of humor in Oryx and Crake. I laughed aloud at several scenes, and equal credit here must be given to the narrator. All in all, a marvelous ride, and I am definitely excited about moving on to the rest of this series.

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    Tobias Frolov 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterpiece!"

    This original post-apocalyptic sci-fi is not to be missed by anyone remotely interested in the genre :) Excellent reading in this version as well.

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    Shiraz Mustapha 03-09-16
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    "Overrated."

    Not at all impressed with the pseudo high-concept dystopian future. Listened to half of the book and gave up. The characters have interesting, but unappealing traits, and they aren't characters the reader would want to be around.

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    Henry 03-07-16
    Henry 03-07-16
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    "Too Preachy for me."

    Margret Atwood is not the easiest author to read. Her books have a real substance to them. They challenge me to thing about her characters and the story she's telling. This book is no exception, but she just got a bit over the top preachy on the subject of bio engineering and her view of our future. It was worth the read, but it could have been a lot more if she'd toned it down a bit.

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    EbSmith 03-02-16
    EbSmith 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    Interesting story well performed. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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    Janet Goodyear 01-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dark and compelling"

    I'm not usually inclined to choose such dark and serious stories, but I loved Margaret Atwood's other books, so I gave Oryx and Crake a try. I am so glad I did! The narrator is really great, and the story is very compelling. This is the first of a seris

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    Jackie 12-22-15
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    Narrator is clear and concise. Story is wonderfully creative. I will be listening again yes.

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    Scott Lee 11-26-15
    Scott Lee 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow and rambling"

    It takes a few hours to get interesting. The first half is just rambling with vague hints at what happens in the second half.

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    LisaBeeman 11-23-15
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    "Intriguing and Unforgettable "

    Out of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, Oryx and Crake is my absolute favorite. The story is inventive. The language is complex. I am in awe of Margaret Atwood; she has created a complete, very different world, one that plagues my mind.

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