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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's 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. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories?
©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging." (Booklist)

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  • Dan
  • 06-08-17

More a description than a story

The world was described in detail but not a lot happens in all honesty. I read so many good reviews prior to purchasing, but I was left wanting more. The ending was to me unsatisfactory but I didn't enjoy it enough to listen to the sequels.

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  • JazCS
  • 05-22-17

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would!

Perfect link to the next book. the book got better and better as it went on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-17

Warning - descriptions of child abuse

Once the disturbing graphic scenes started I fast forwarded through them - but was on edge that there may be more so couldn't finish the book. Films with adult sexual content come with a warning. Why not this book?
If the author wishes to make a point by using this subject then that is her choice but there should be an official warning regarding what was explicit content in this book. Not impressed.

I read a handful of reviews before and then some after and found a reviewer with a similar view to mine. Wish I'd read it before. Although it shouldn't be left to a reviewer to leave a warning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-17

Great book and great narration

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  • Katharine
  • 03-12-17

Unlistenable

I love Margaret Atwood and have read many of her books, but I found the person reading the book to be so unlistenable / grating that I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Such a shame.

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  • jenny sanders
  • 02-11-17

good but not great

was hard to get into it at the beginning but a great story! worth the listen. loved the reader's treatment.

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  • Hannah
  • 01-12-17

Excellent!

Wonderful, expressive narration brings a story which holds a dream like quality. almost afraid to move to the next book in case of disappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-17

loved it

absolutely loved this book. great story. great reader and great ideas. recommended read for post apocalyptic lovers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-16

May possibly be the most depressing book ever.

Exhilarating and deeply rewarding. I highly recommend this book. Excellent reading by John Chancer. A triumph.

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  • Robert
  • 12-14-16

Unspiring, unoriginal and pointless

What disappointed you about Oryx and Crake?

There was no point to this book. It is not thought provoking, it is not exciting, tense, dramatic or emotional in any way. Worst of all it is not entertaining. <br/>The characters are so flat you don't get invested into them. The book ends on such a flat note. There were no new ideas in the story (or none to be excited by).

Has Oryx and Crake put you off other books in this genre?

No. I like the genre but this is a very, very poor example.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fine.

What character would you cut from Oryx and Crake?

You can't really cut Crake or Jimmy but the whole role of Oryx seem unfulfilled. I didn't get what she brought to it. Yes there is a plot around here but it is so under developed it doesn't justify the build up.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this