Atwood does her usual great job of not only telling a gripping tale, but of cautioning us about the costs of technology in terms of not only the effec..Show More »t on our planet, but also on our society. I haven't been this concerned about our future since I read Nature's End back in the 80's.
The story takes place in two times, one the "present" day, sometime in the not too distant future, and the other outlining how things got to where they are. The latter is told very close to a linear fashion, but Atwood mixes things up to match up with the present day story.
Campbell Scott (son of George C.) is disarmingly laid back in his reading, but I felt he captured the inner thinkings of Jimmy/Snowman perfectly. He is a very consistent reader, important as the book has several repeating themes.
I liked the book well enough that I stopped listening about 1.5 hours from the end, and started over to hear it with my wife on a recent car trip. It held up incredibly well, and in fact I found my enjoyment increasing as I was able to note foreshadowing I'd missed in the first listen.
Some have said the ending fizzles, but in truth the back story comes to a very satisfactory conclusion, while the current story ends with a moral dilemma. Some don't like books that don't end with a tidy bow, but I'm not among them. I was quite pleased with the ending overall, the only book I've read recently with an equally satisfying ending was Gaiman's American Gods.
The writing is tight and consistent, the reader does a great job, and the story is tense and rich in plot and characters. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good story or is concerned about the costs of genetic engineering.
One of the few times I would say the audio book is better than the printed page. It's true . . . the "cheesy" music fits the parodical lyric..Show More »s perfectly. I wanted to read it again immediately, but was afraid I would never leave M.A.'s world. As well-done as Handmaid's Tale or her other masterpieces - and the parody/irony/humor is so dry you'll need moisturizer when you are forced to stop listening and participate in real life.
It's been a couple of years since I read Oryx and Crake and I think after listening to this one I need to go back and reread and see how they fit tog..Show More »ether. It's a strange book and it makes you think. The narrator does a fantastic job, and the inclusion of music (songs sung by the God's Gardeners cult) in the audio version was a nice touch.
This book was an interesting end to the Oryx and Crake series. It delves into the background of some of the minor characters from the first two books..Show More ». It also diiscusses what happens with the Crakers. As such it was a good final chapter. But the story was a little slow and the main plot was not very compelling.