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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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    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 09-08-14
    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 09-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Savage Doc

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    "Couldn't get into it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.


    What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

    It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.


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    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-17-14
    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Depressing and boring"

    This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.

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    C. Farrell California, USA 08-11-14
    C. Farrell California, USA 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best of the Trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    Campbell Scott's narration is outstanding, and really made me love the character of Snowman. In fact, I had started reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it. But the Audible version was great.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Jimmy (Snowman) of course, as the book is told from his point of view and focusses on him. But even narrating the female voices, Scott does a fine job.


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    Hilary 08-07-14
    Hilary 08-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dystopic future beautifully rendered."
    What did you love best about Oryx and Crake?

    Margaret Atwood is one of our greatest living writers. I believed this even before I listened to the Oryx and Crake trilogy, but these works strengthened my conviction. The narrator of Oryx and Crake is profoundly alienated, which makes this the darkest of the three, but there is also a great deal of sly humor. And a whole lot of very fine writing. The future world Atwood creates draws on the currents and proclivities of your own times, taking them to logical extremes. The result is deeply unsettling.


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    Rita Jones-Mayes 07-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Could Not Stop Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    I have always loved Margaret Atwood's style of writing and this book lived up to my expectations. The narration was easy to understand.


    What other book might you compare Oryx and Crake to and why?

    I read the Hand Maid's Tale by Margaret Atwood several years ago. Since they were by the same author they both had the same writing style. Both were futuristic novels where one man and group had molded their idea of the perfect future and it had gone terribly wrong.


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

    He brought the emotions and voices of the characters to life.


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

    I started listening to this book during my morning walk and could not stop listening until the book was finished late that night. I was totally engrossed with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The main reason for buying this book was Margaret Atwood. I have already purchased two more Audible books by her and will probably buy more of her books in the future.

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    Starlet 06-23-14
    Starlet 06-23-14

    100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

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    "On My Favorites List in 2005 and now in 2014"

    I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
    I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!

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    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
    Janis L. De Jesus Shokan, NY 05-29-14
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    "Very Weak Storyline"

    The story gets too tangled up in describing the surroundings of the story and somehow the plot is lost in all of that.

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    H. Hartman 05-12-14
    H. Hartman 05-12-14 Member Since 2016

    I don't have time to actually read anymore... does that make me undignified?

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    "Introduced Me to Atwood"

    I accidentally wrote this review for Year of the Flood, and since I can't delete it there, I'm just going to copy it here, FYI.

    Putting it simply, I loved The Year of the Flood. It introduced me to Atwood and her other writings, and I haven't been able to put her down since.

    The narration is fantastic, and they seem to get the voices just right for every one of the characters.

    The story is cautionary, and intimate. Jimmy is an interesting (protagonist? anti-hero?). He has lots of his own issues, but his story is engaging and made me want to read the sequels as soon as possible. (Well, listen, but you get the point.)

    If you are AT ALL interested in post-apocalyptic literature, get this ahora.

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    Blarney Chestnut 05-09-14
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    "Skip to book two - this story is a snooze"
    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or Campbell Scott?

    Yes


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job bringing the story to life. Sadly the story wasn't much fun.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, disintereset


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing in the world, the characters, or the story makes me want to read more. Felt like I wasted my time with this book. Very little action. I wasn't attached to any of the characters. Even the dystopian future was meh. If several people hadn't said that book two and three are better, I wouldn't read more of the series.

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    Jeanie 04-06-14
    Jeanie 04-06-14

    Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!

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    "End of civilization? I'm there."
    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    I love a good end of civilization due to unintended consequences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the consequences of humanities actions played out through the series.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    He's dreamy.


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

    Not really. I enjoyed it, but never found my self listening after I was done with my workout or drive. I love those books where you sit in the garage just listening to a little more rather than go inside. This was not one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is part of a series of 3. I really like when I find series that are tied together and give me many many hours of audio. It was engaging enough that I listened to all three back to back.

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