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Oryx and Crake Audiobook

Oryx and Crake

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. 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, 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.
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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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    Jack Flashman 02-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a thriller. But thrilling."
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    Give this book some time to get its claws into you. This is smart writing. The story needs some time to develop; but if you are a true science fiction fan, philosophy fan or just want a gorgeous narrative, this book is for you. The depth and detail of this future world is outstanding. The characters are so ripe and fully fleshed out they pop off the page. This book would probably be something for a big Bradbury fan. If you want a great post apocalyptic with more action I recommend Justin Cronins "The passage".

    Bottom line, I loved it and will be reading the sequel...now. It's why I'm up at 4:13 AM on a wednesday. Three cheers for real deal science fiction.

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    Libby H. Virginia 11-28-13
    Libby H. Virginia 11-28-13
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    "Loved It"

    I loved this book. The narrator is maybe insane, maybe going insane, maybe has always been insane. You learn about the fall of man through his twisted lens and the performance was riveting. I am partial to techno-geek speak so I enjoyed all the references to gene splicing and new breeds of animals. I found Jimmy fascinating in this book, much less so in the rest of the trilogy. I'm a sucker for an apocalypse story and one especially that explains key points, but allows the reader to exist in the reality without overly explaining everything. Would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good fiction, gritty realism, and has a strong interest in futuristic tales.

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    Tim United States 11-19-13
    Tim United States 11-19-13

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Not for everyone"

    This is a strange tale which requires more than the standard science fiction/end of world reader to enjoy. I wasn't that impressed with it as it was just too much of a liberal arts science fiction novel for me.

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    M.A.F. Washington, DC, United States 11-07-13
    M.A.F. Washington, DC, United States 11-07-13
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    "Great story, read impeccably"
    What did you love best about Oryx and Crake?

    Atwood's vivid imagination. She conjures up a future that you've sort of thought about, and brings your musings to full expression.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oryx and Crake?

    Snowman telling stories to the children.


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

    Great use of pacing, awesome voice, awesome intonation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Welcome to the future you feared.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine a better reading of the book.

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    LL edmonds, washington, United States 09-29-13
    LL edmonds, washington, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Oryx and Crake"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oryx and Crake to be better than the print version?

    This is a complicated question. On the one hand, Campbell Scott's narration is so utterly perfect for this story that I can't imagine not listening to it. However, Atwood's writing is so complex and filled with subtle symbolism, and her use of words almost needs to be sight-read to be fully appreciated. I would say, to fully appreciate this fantastic story, one has to read it, but for pure enjoyment, do both! Campbell Scott hit it way out of the park with this one. Standing ovation! He >is< Snowman.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Atwood's brilliant, dazzling prose and sardonic humor.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I listened to For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemigway. His narration was very good with that story as well, but Oryx and Crake is better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Toast.


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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-23-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Good story but nothing is resolved"

    Oryx and Crake offers a chilling view into the future. The rise of super corporations has taken over in place of local governments, and the resources of the earth have been stretched to the breaking point. To bridge the gap new GMO type foods are grown and medicines are made to cure just about every disease out there. The story follows Snowman from his teenage years to the present day on a back and forth journey between the present and how we got there after the apocalypse. I thought this was all very interesting but there wasn’t much going on. My biggest problem with the book is that nothing in resolved so get any sort of closure, you to read the next two books. The characters were very enjoyable as they are very unique and at the same time the author is able to show how very flawed individuals they are.

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    Robert Lisle, IL, United States 09-15-13
    Robert Lisle, IL, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, but not quit enough"

    This is an end-of-world story along the lines of Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl", where bio-engineering is both the way to feed the masses and control them.

    The story describes the end of humanity from the viewpoint of a man who, as the best friend of Crake, sees it happen.

    I have to say that the story was interesting, but by the end I really didn't care much about the main character. The performance was good, but there was just not the depth that was needed to fill out the person in a way that made care.

    Granted, this is the first of a trilogy ("The Year of the Flood", and "MaddAddam" are the sequels) and there may be more background to flesh out the protagonist.

    I would recommend Windup Girl before reading this one.

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    Sarah 08-16-13
    Sarah 08-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.

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    "A New Favourite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oryx and Crake to be better than the print version?

    Yes, though I don't think I would with most of Atwood's work. I think the narrator of this book draws greater strength from the story than it would have otherwise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the futuristics world she's created, more vibrant and more realistic than some of her other work (eg the Handmaid's Tale). I also love the strength of the main character and his steadfastness in the face of everything that's happened. I also love how Atwood lets the story unfold in part, jumping around in the narrative to shape something that is more fulfilling and complete than chronology.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, though I was loath to keep reading as it meant the book would soon be over...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes definitely, and for the most part I did!


    Any additional comments?

    Try it out. This book will challenge you, your visions of the future, and even what you think you know.

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    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-13-13
    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-13-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I felt the story to be misguided and too contrite. Didn't find any creativity in it or suspense.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret Atwood? Why or why not?

    Probably not because the reviews I'm reading said that this is probably her best.


    What three words best describe Campbell Scott’s performance?

    monotone, hard to follow which character (old or young characters during flashbacks) was speaking or being spoken of.


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    Elizabeth Alaska 05-17-13
    Elizabeth Alaska 05-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "Definitely a multiple-read and multiple-listen!"

    Excellent reader with just the right amount of inflection and drama. I love a good post-apocalyptic narrative, and this one creates the lead-in from a near-future dystopia perfectly. I've always loved Margaret Atwood's writing, and consider this and it's sequel, "The Year of the Flood" to be some of her best.
    Great detail and surprising plot development allows one to revisit this story several times. Always good in any novel!

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