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Oryx and Crake Audiobook

Oryx and Crake

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Publisher's Summary

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is 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. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.

©2002 O.W. Toad, Ltd.; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...expertly rendered...Virtuosic storytelling [is] on display." (The New York Times) "Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in the Origin of the Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them all, and one of the most brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)

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    larry 09-13-16
    larry 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is very thought provoking."

    Loved it. Kept my interest the whole time. The story line is very thought provoking and really makes you wonder about the future.

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    S.A. Palmer 09-03-16
    S.A. Palmer 09-03-16
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    "oryx and crake- narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    got lost in the world she created


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oryx and Crake?

    don't want to spoil it but it snuck up on me and was a shock


    Which scene was your favorite?

    learning about the origin of a group of characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    quite a few phrases really struck with me. My 1st Atwood novel but I've already bought the rest of this series and hope to read even more from her.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator speaks in monotone. It bothered at first and I almost stopped and returned it. But it wasn't long till I realized that the story couldn't be told any other way. The book ended and I am downloading the 2nd book now and will start it in a few min!

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    Clark Battle 08-29-16
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    "Best apocalypse tale since The Road"

    I've never read any Margaret Atwood but this was definitely a good place to start. Her use of language; finding just the right word, is remarkable. The ending is abrupt but really, where else could it go? I'll read tge sequel next.

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    "sci Fri book club. enjoyed it"

    Good book. good narrative. "speculative fiction" but with some dark humor. lots of sexual content. probably not for kids.

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    ilene 08-08-16
    ilene 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "More animal cruelty"

    Again scenes of unnecessary animal cruelty many authors cannot seem to avoid made it impossible for me to continue.

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    Jason 08-03-16
    Jason 08-03-16 Member Since 2008
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    "great book, difficult subject matter"

    Very well written book. The reveal at the end surprised me, but looking back, all the clues and foreshadowing were right there. The story deals with the sexual abuse of children, so is certainly not for everyone.

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    Jared Kovach 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    this has been one of my favorite books from years ago, and the audio book version is just as fantastic. loved it..

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    Amazon Customer 05-28-16
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    "First Audio Book. Very Satisfied!"

    The narrator was amazing. He was very good at changing between characters and being consistent with his tone and speed.

    The story was never dull. I totally recommend it!

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    SeattleGirl253 05-26-16
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    "I'm SO Bored"
    What disappointed you about Oryx and Crake?

    The content itself. This book is extremely slow and the character is not one I enjoy hearing the viewpoint of. I listed to the audiobook for about an hour and can't do any more.


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    The character's life from post-apocalyptic times to pre-apocalyptic times is just bizarre and not interesting. It's also hard to follow in terms of an audio book.


    What three words best describe Campbell Scott’s performance?

    Lacking Voice Inflection


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    Matthew Rapp 05-17-16
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    "Excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I am starting the next book in the trilogy immediately. The narrator, Campbell Scott, was quite good. Thanks to both Margaret Atwood and Campbell Scott.

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