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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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    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.

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    "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.

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    Mrs. Bliss 05-20-15
    Mrs. Bliss 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

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    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 03-21-15
    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing story, slowly told"

    The novel unravels slowly. Atwood uses the novel to create a universe.
    Though I am not particularly invested in any of the characters, I'm intrigued enough to see where she goes. Narration is great.

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    Cesar Ghisilieri Photography 03-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "love the concept, hard to follow at first"

    very interesting concept of this distopian/utopian future world. The narration was very blend which made it harder to pay attention to what was happening.

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    Parizienne 03-02-15
    Parizienne 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Atwood doesn't disappoint"

    Much to consider about what we value and how it could play out in the hands of someone who wants to make the world a better place.

    Campbell Scott is excellent as the voice of this novel.

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    Jacqueline 02-02-15
    Jacqueline 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Book Was a Bit Like Torture"
    What would have made Oryx and Crake better?

    This book was just hard to read. It was all setting and little action until the last third. There was a lot of cleverness to it but it was just hard to wade through. I downloaded it because I couldn't stay awake while reading it. I only made it through it by listening to it on the way to and from work. Too cerebral.


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    Paul 01-12-15
    Paul 01-12-15

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "A real downer."

    Warning: Do not walk across a tall bridge while reading this novel. To summarize: Jimmy's parents suck. Jimmy's lovers suck. Jimmy's best friend sucks. The world sucks. Oh, and that little voice in Jimmy's head thinks Jimmy sucks too! I hated all but the last three chapters of this novel, and I didn't like those three chapters except that finally there was some action and story resolution. Much of the book is filled with mundane details of people I have no emotional connection to. Also, there are silly comments: [Oh this word was never any good. But this word is wonderful.] Did I mention the child pornography? This was the first Atwood novel I have read. Are her other novels better than this? It may be a while before I try another.

    Narration: While Campbell Scott is not a bad narrator, his gruff voice and lack of inflection does not help this dreary novel at all. I'll reserve my opinion of Scott after listening to him read a more upbeat text.

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    adam w gillott 01-07-15
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    "excellent voice work and perfect future imperfect"

    Margaret Atwood never ceases to amaze with her frightening unsettling yet thoughtful and amusing tales but Oryx and Crake is a masterpiece. simply put Huxley would stand up and cheer. The character development alone stands heads above any other novel in recent memory and the concepts explored in this speculative fiction don't seem too star trekky and hit right into the realm of possibility. I have the paperback too and I read along with the audio book and felt a chill up my spine with every page. along with a few belly laughs to break the tension. this is a must read, hands down.

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    tlnpdx 12-17-14
    tlnpdx 12-17-14
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    "Good story poor ending."

    It was an interesting story, but ended up leaving you hanging. Even if there were a sequel I would have liked a more satisfying end to this one.

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    Alcide 12-15-14
    Alcide 12-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This is my favorite Atwood title."

    I have listened to this through three times. the story is amazing and the narration is compelling. I am really transported to this weird dire world that Margaret Atwood has set this in. I say confidently that this is my favorite book of all time.

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