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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Simply excellent!

Marvellous book and narration! Enjoyed it very much! Look forward to more books from Atwood and narrations by Scott.

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Depressing

Well, this was a very imaginative, well-written book. I will say that I found the ending rather unsatisfying. My main problem with it is probably that it wasn't the right book for me at the time. If you're feeling lousy, sick, and/or isolated, this will not improve your mood!

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Recommended by my cousin

I had never heard of this author before she suggested the book to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey! The narrator does a great job of intoning the protagonist's inner struggle/monologue along the way. Will be continuing with the next book in the series!

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great reading, Atwood's writing is engaging, fun

awesome book. never lost my attention. the writing style was very fun and relatable for me.

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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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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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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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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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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.