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)
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.
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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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.
Atwood's vivid imagination. She conjures up a future that you've sort of thought about, and brings your musings to full expression.
Snowman telling stories to the children.
Great use of pacing, awesome voice, awesome intonation.
Welcome to the future you feared.
I can't imagine a better reading of the book.
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.
Atwood's brilliant, dazzling prose and sardonic humor.
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.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
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.
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.
I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.
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.
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.
The last one, though I was loath to keep reading as it meant the book would soon be over...
Yes definitely, and for the most part I did!
Try it out. This book will challenge you, your visions of the future, and even what you think you know.
Not really. I felt the story to be misguided and too contrite. Didn't find any creativity in it or suspense.
Probably not because the reviews I'm reading said that this is probably her best.
monotone, hard to follow which character (old or young characters during flashbacks) was speaking or being spoken of.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
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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