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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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    EbSmith 03-02-16
    EbSmith 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    Interesting story well performed. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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    Janet Goodyear 01-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dark and compelling"

    I'm not usually inclined to choose such dark and serious stories, but I loved Margaret Atwood's other books, so I gave Oryx and Crake a try. I am so glad I did! The narrator is really great, and the story is very compelling. This is the first of a seris

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    Jackie 12-22-15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Narrator is clear and concise. Story is wonderfully creative. I will be listening again yes.

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    Scott Lee 11-26-15
    Scott Lee 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow and rambling"

    It takes a few hours to get interesting. The first half is just rambling with vague hints at what happens in the second half.

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    LisaBeeman 11-23-15
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    "Intriguing and Unforgettable "

    Out of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, Oryx and Crake is my absolute favorite. The story is inventive. The language is complex. I am in awe of Margaret Atwood; she has created a complete, very different world, one that plagues my mind.

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    Charles M. White 11-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a bit too realistic, and scary"
    If you could sum up Oryx and Crake in three words, what would they be?

    Lets hope not


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had a love hate relationship with the whole thing, many things sounded like good and bad ideas at the same time, thus I was often at a loss how to feel about all the tech and environmental development. Of course anything that could go wrong often did, but I often thought "this could have been a positive development..." But outcomes were often pretty believable, and so sadly it was easy to buy-in, I guess that's what makes a good read, it doesn't coddle you, often dragging you into new ideas and challenging you while you can't put it down (or stop listening in this case)


    Any additional comments?

    Jimmy is an average guy in a cruel world who finds himself in good and bad situations which he has no control of and can't seem to get a grip. A good character to follow.

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    Navarre 11-07-15
    Navarre 11-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mixed"

    Ambitious novel, but doesn't ultimately deliver. The narrator is very good and I was disappointed that he didn't continue in the second book. The novel is entertaining and occasionally thought provoking, but at the end of the day reads like an author's literary creation, not something real. The science is far-fetched (obviously not written by a scientist), but even more far-fetched is the society portrayed in the book or the ridiculous post-humans. There are 3 books in the series, but I quit after book two. Extremely rare for me not to finish a series. Biggest gripe is that the first book's ending is up in the air. The reader does not know how it turns out. So one would hope that the second book picks up where the first ends and carries the plot forward. Instead book two tells the same story from a different perspective and barely advances the plot at all. Upon reading that the third book tells the story from yet another perspective and barely advances the plot, I called it quits. Nevertheless, the writing is good and the characters interesting. It just wasn't the story I wanted to hear.

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    Amazon Customer 11-03-15
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    "A little slow in the middle"
    What did you love best about Oryx and Crake?

    The story was fantastic, a little slow during the middle. The narrator was amazing as well. I went into this book without knowing anything other than the dystopian setting. I really loved it though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Snowman's loneliness


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jimmy, you're so funny.


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    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 10-30-15
    nvgolfdude Pacific Time Zone, USA 10-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Dark, Dark, Dark Vision of the Future"

    This is a well constructed, intricate story with great characters and relationships. It's but logical. Is there hope in this series? Still waiting for that element.

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    Cornelia Indianapolis,IN46227 10-07-15
    Cornelia Indianapolis,IN46227 10-07-15
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    "Good sleeping aid"

    I listened for 6 hours, falling asleep several times.
    The story lags any highs.
    The narrator does his best but with a boring book, there is not a whole lot you can do.
    After I read all those great reviews , I'm throughly disappointed!

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