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Darwin's Radio Audiobook

Darwin's Radio

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Publisher's Summary

Greg Bear's fiction ingeniously combines cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters. It has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and choruses of critical acclaim. Now, with Darwin's Radio, Bear creates a nonstop thriller swirling with provocative ideas about the next step of human evolution.

In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up. How are these seemingly disparate events connected? Kaye Lang and her colleagues must race against a genetic time bomb to find out.

Darwin's Radio pulses with intelligent speculation, international adventure, and political intrigue as it explores timeless human themes. George Guidall's masterful performance heightens the excitement and keeps you enthralled until the final fascinating word.

©2000 Greg Bear; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Winner, 2000 Nebula Award - Best Novel

"Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF." (Publishers Weekly)

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    jack lichtenstein 07-02-17 Member Since 2009
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    "A science fiction explanation of evolution"

    This book is a masterpiece. It not only tells a fascinating tale of human response to scientific dramatic change, but gives an enticing explanation of how rapid evolution may occur through the activation of HERV (human endogenous retrovirus). it also shows how our political system reacts to scientific knowledge with ignorance and folly. A must read.

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    sedroray USA - Truck Driver 06-21-17
    sedroray USA - Truck Driver 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bait and switch"

    Darwin's Radio is an excellent stand alone book. The science is very detailed, and the overall concept requires only a little suspension of disbelief. If the next book in the series had dragged the science back to the realistic, it could have been a wonderful trilogy. Instead, book 2 goes further afield from plausible evolutionary mechanisms, and book 3 goes full bore mystical. If you like sneaky new-age advocacy, this is the trilogy for you. If you like hard core sci fi, this ain't it.

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    Filmface 08-01-16
    Filmface 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The recording skips"

    I tried re-downloading to no avail. Very disappointed, the book seems fascinating but the skipping misses words at the beginning of every sentence.

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    Rochambeaux Austin, Texas United States 06-24-16
    Rochambeaux Austin, Texas United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "It's 2 Books In One"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those that like stories about "relationships" more than plot/true Sci-Fi


    What could Greg Bear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finished the story as it developed int he first half and not outsourced the second half to a pulp romance novel writer.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    Meh.


    What character would you cut from Darwin's Radio?

    Everything from about 60% on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very interesting and engaging until it did a hard turn away from Sci-Fi and jumped head first into a melodrama. There were times I had to check my phone/MP3 player just to make sure I was actually listening to the right book.

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    M. Haney 04-28-16
    M. Haney 04-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Reasonably enjoyable entertainment"

    I'd rate the story an average entertainment for those interested in the scientific and anthropological possibilities suggested by the book jacket. I would have preferred a much faster pacing of the story.

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    Jason Cole 01-13-16
    Jason Cole 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, Bad Audio"

    Some of the chapters seemed like they got cut off in mid sentence, but the story was so good I kept listening and will now be broke for the rest of the week because I had to buy the sequel.

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    R. Macia Fitchburg, WI 06-26-15
    R. Macia Fitchburg, WI 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book and performance!"

    Greg Bear and George Guidall. How can this story be better? Captivating. Loved it again.

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    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 06-13-15
    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 06-13-15
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    "Interesting story"
    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book, I thought I'd like the sequel "Darwin's Children" but the latter just didn't do anything for me....very draggy, and I couldn't be bothered to finish it. So I returned the latter (Thanks for that Audible).

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    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-12-15
    MaryKae Cameron Altona, Illinois 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good!"

    This is a great story but a bit slow. I plan on reading the sequel.

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    Laurie United States 01-16-15
    Laurie United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great concept, poor execution"
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or George Guidall?

    The concept behind this story was intriguing, but the execution was just not well done. The highly educated professional scientist ends up behaving like a school girl. The Federal agents don't behave much better. I would not read another book by Greg Bear.


    What could Greg Bear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a scientific concept. Develop the science of the story further. Allow the characters to stay true to themselves and evolve in a mature sense.


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

    His reading of the story was great. Nice inflection.


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

    Disappointment. I really expected a scientific thriller. I even get into the political upheaval a situation like this might cause, but the character and story development really fell short.


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