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The Windup Girl Audiobook

The Windup Girl

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.
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Publisher's Summary

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories.

There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of The Calorie Man (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and Yellow Card Man (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.

BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, author Paolo Bacigalupi explains how a horrible trip to Thailand led to the idea for The Windup Girl.

©2009 Paolo Bacigalupi; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2010
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2009
  • Best Books of 2009, Publishers Weekly
  • 10 Best Fiction Books of 2009, Time magazine
  • Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy 2009, Library Journal

"This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year." (Publishers Weekly)

"The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature." (Book Page)

"A classic dystopian novel likely to be short listed for the Nebula and Hugo Awards" (SF Signal)

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    Richard Boston, MA, United States 12-03-09
    Richard Boston, MA, United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Familiar territory"

    Sounds like a screenplay being read with some flesh on it...Davis tho is one of Audibles best narrators...if you're going to listen...skip incoherent intro by author. The "White Devil" and "shrewd Asian" patter got to be rather goofy. I bailed after half an hour.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Balt M. 08-21-10
    Balt M. 08-21-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book. Terminally annoying voice inflection."

    Okay, I must admit: This was a pain to listen to. Of the two dozen audible books i already have, this is the only book I wasn't able to finish. The author speaks every. single. word. with intense "emotional" inflection. Usually, such vocal inflection is reserved for a few lines spoken by some old Oracle character when he/she is in a trance, prophesying, and speaking in fortune cookies. Usually those Oracle characters get very few lines, and that inflection is utilized to add emphasis and aid the reader/listener in remembering those important details in later chapters. ... ... ... This book's reader utilizes that wispy, sing-song voice for every. single. page. Every. single. character. Every. single. description. ... ... ... A friend of mine (who abhors audiobooks) recommended this book to me. She enjoyed it and shared with me no complaint. I'm sure the book is interesting when read without Mr. Davis's annoying voice, but please, unless you're a voice-recognition program 10,000 years in the future, recovering human books by audio transcription of someone's preserved iPod, and this audio file is the only remaining method for recovering Bacigalupi's work..... yes, unless you're that program, don't suffer yourself to listen to this audiobook.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Jarrell Morgantown, WV United States 11-25-09
    Jeremy Jarrell Morgantown, WV United States 11-25-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Goes nowhere"

    Wow, this was horrible.

    This book goes absolutely nowhere for about 90% of it's length. When it finally does begin to pick up near the end I'd lost interest in all of the characters so I really couldn't have cared less what happened to them.

    Save your credits.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 10-29-09
    David Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 10-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "What ???????"

    Names: Enico- Amaco??, Conico -Coneeco??, Kenya- Conya ?? Dog F@cker and Who??? Ginko. The narrator keeps changing the way he pronouces the names. It takes a long time to figure out that this person is that person: Huksoon - Oxsen. I made myself listen to four hours. I think that I had 30 or more names in my head. I am not sure how many people that is. 10, 20???? Anderson has three names I think? I have listened to many many hours of lectures on Quantum Theory and string theory. They are both easier to follow. It is like bits and parts of other peoples' dreams. I could not keep track of a time line or anyones wants or motives. green bands?? , white shirts????? yellow cards ???? I do not know what any of these things are. They talk about joules of power ( watts) and jewels, as in diamonds. I was never sure which one was which. Both are valuable and hold power in there own ways.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Adams TX 03-29-14
    Nathan Adams TX 03-29-14 Member Since 2015

    Natron

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    "Couldn't get through the boredom"
    What would have made The Windup Girl better?

    The fresh setting intrigued me but alas the story just drags and drags.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps the book suffered from a narrator that has no idea how to depict the emotions of the scenes he is reading.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 12-19-13
    Sandra 12-19-13

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Just Not My Thing"

    I'm sure there are individuals who will enjoy this book. I didn't.
    Must be getting hide-bound in my preferences.

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    sharon 09-02-13
    sharon 09-02-13
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    "confusing"
    What disappointed you about The Windup Girl?

    I was lost from the beginning. Very confusing!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "The Chance" by Karen kingsbury


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If this book had a little more explanation on what is being said, I might have been able to enjoy it. I'm returning it!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Canada 06-24-13
    Paul Canada 06-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Too slow and graphic.. uh...brutality"
    What disappointed you about The Windup Girl?

    too many characters with similar names early on, and the explicit depiction of rape early on put it over the top.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    the reader kept changing volumes dropping into a whisper making it impossible to understand him and then getting plenty loud when describing rape scenes


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaitlin 06-06-13
    Kaitlin 06-06-13 Member Since 2011

    A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.

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    "Falls short of expectations"
    What made the experience of listening to The Windup Girl the most enjoyable?

    The premise and setting of the story are so novel and wonderful, but unfortunately I feel like the author missed a great opportunity. It was great to imagine this possibility in the future, and to even think that it may be true. As a molecular biologist, some of the things seemed a little far fetched but for the most part...who knows, this could maybe even happen if we aren't careful. Yikes, that would be awful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose the wind-up girl. Although I would have liked to see me scenes with Dr. Gibson (sp?), and hear more about the gene ripping and the imaginitive things he could make. I wish, in fact, that it had been centered around a gene-ripper instead of the factory etc.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s voice?

    Does not match


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nah, sadly no. I think the book was full of great beginnings but didn't quite move anywhere. I understand the idea of leaving a book with no endings, but this had an ending and yet no ending at the same time. I just wasn't that impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if a different actor had been implemented I may have enjoyed it better, but I just couldn't get all that into it. I kept listening thinking something exciting might happen etc etc but I found myself getting bored pretty easily. Again, this author I think missed the mark.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Isakson Olympia, WA 03-21-13
    Linda Isakson Olympia, WA 03-21-13 Member Since 2008

    Bibliophile and student of life.

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    "Narrator reads vvvverrrryy ssslllooowwwllllyyyy"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is interesting, and honestly a rather scary vision of the future in our genetically tampered world. But I should have read it instead. Jonathan Davis narrates this novel entirely too slowly. Via my audible iPhone app, I listened to the story at a 1.25x speed and it made the pace much more normalized...though it occasionally made him sound like a squirrel for a few seconds. I'm not sure why he felt it necessary to speak so slowly, but it really affected the action scenes and almost made listening to this book a boring task. So, my recommendation is to either read it or listen to it at an accelerated rate to preserve the story's dramatic pacing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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