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The Windup Girl Audiobook

The Windup Girl

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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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    Larry Alabama 10-16-13
    Larry Alabama 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Howdy.

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    "Great concept, odd character development"
    What disappointed you about The Windup Girl?

    I found it very hard following the plot details (or major plot line at times) because it seems to me the author didn't really know which characters to develop so went with 4 if not 5 eventually. The first portion was very misleading about who would be featured as a major character, since ultimately it ends with relatively little attention given to the factory owner. Characters would be highlighted for a while, then you hear little or nothing for a hundred pages (such as the owner's main assistant). Perhaps in more skilled hands, developing several characters in depth might work, but I found it added nothing but confusion in this story, which began with an intriguing physical setting and political/economic context.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paolo Bacigalupi again?

    Not very likely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene setting up this fascinating world


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if I read the hardcopy, I would have had an easier time keeping up with the frequently changing focus and point of view, though I have listened to audiobooks for many years.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lonny Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-13
    Lonny Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi geek. :)

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    "so so.."
    What would have made The Windup Girl better?

    A different story. :)


    Has The Windup Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    some what


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book very slow with not much excitement or closure.. The story was kind of bland. Not sure about this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Jackson United States 03-30-13
    Jeff Jackson United States 03-30-13

    I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.

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    "Great Prose But Disjointed Story"

    I loved Paolo Bacigalupi's The Alchemist. The story was vibrant and tight. But The Windup Girl was not so much so. The magnificent prose is still there. But the story seems to wander. Everything fits together, but the story is just ... eh.

    There seemed like there were so many substories going on, but nothing that was really a main story arc to grab hold of me and keep it together. I found my mind wandering a lot and then having to rewind when I realized that I hadn't been paying attention for 5 minutes.

    Not bad. Not great. Just average. Unique, but average.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Siloam Springs, AR, United States 11-15-12
    James Siloam Springs, AR, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Richly Realized, but a total downer"

    Beautiful richly realized world, and a very interesting scenario, but the characters are not as richly realized; other than perhaps, the Windup girl herself. There are many other reviews which will delve into the pros and cons of the story. I will simply say this: Not one good thing happens to any of the characters anywhere in the story. Only the conclusion itself gives some small hope for one of the characters, but that's it. So if you would like to be uplifted, or excited, or engaged in any positive way; skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 10-02-12
    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 10-02-12

    L. Taylor

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    "Interesting Futuistic BUT Confusing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I have listened to lots of audiobooks and this isxvery difficult to follow. I rewound many times to better understand the storyline.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi? Why or why not?

    No. Forced myself through this book. Good story but not enjoyable to keep rewinding to follow. The names were very foreign sounding so very difficult to keep track of characters. Also crazy made up names for make believe genetically created animals..food and people...and gloomy.


    Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really..no.


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

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to be done with the book so I could enjoy sn audiobook again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Orlando, FL, United States 07-30-12
    James Orlando, FL, United States 07-30-12
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    "Great premise but bad execution"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend to anyone unless they have endless patience for the story to drag on and on and on without getting anywhere. Multiple times I felt the story had reached the climax only to have to sit through 30-45 minutes of boring repetition before it made it to anything interesting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's Dark tower


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    None, none of the characters were really great on their own.


    Did The Windup Girl inspire you to do anything?

    stop listening to audible for a while.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tommy Leming, TX, United States 05-25-12
    tommy Leming, TX, United States 05-25-12
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    "Reminded me somewhat of AI in mood and atmosphere"
    Would you try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Jonathan Davis?

    yes, either would be worth a second go...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe have more scene description, I felt sometimes that I was drifting, getting confused about what character I was with.


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

    I think the whole tone of the reading gives the ambiance the book is conveying.


    Could you see The Windup Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes,
    Matt damon
    Brad pitt as the inventor


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story and the read.... I had to listen twice though because I kept loosing my place.....lost focus

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip San Antonio, TX, United States 02-21-11
    Philip San Antonio, TX, United States 02-21-11
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    "tedious and hard to follow"

    I found myself wishing this one was over before it was. I felt as though I had been dropped into another time and place without enough background. I found myself wondering about details I wasn't given while I missed the details in the current narration and had to back up the recording to hear what I had missed.

    The ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying. If I had written this, I would have given a little more background, cut the middle, expanded the ending. At the end I realized that the Windup Girl was not the story. It was about a white shirt and a foreigner who were only tangentially connected to the Windup Girl. Maybe I am not a good judge of writers, but as a consumer, I would skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ryan 02-08-11
    Mary Ryan 02-08-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, but I never got into it."

    Interesting dystopia story (disease, food controlled by corrupt government, "windup" people and creatures), but I never really got into it. Some graphic scenes were hard to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-29-11
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-29-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Couldn't Do It"

    Despite an interesting vision of a dystopic world, I could not finish even the first half of this book. I'm not sure why--it just didn't grip me. And I thought the rape of the windup girl of the title was meant to be titillating even as it intended to repel. It repelled me right out of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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