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.
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"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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