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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories.

There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of The Calorie Man (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and Yellow Card Man (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.

BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, author Paolo Bacigalupi explains how a horrible trip to Thailand led to the idea for The Windup Girl.

©2009 Paolo Bacigalupi; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2010
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2009
  • Best Books of 2009, Publishers Weekly
  • 10 Best Fiction Books of 2009, Time magazine
  • Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy 2009, Library Journal

"Paolo Bacigalupi's debut sci-fi novel is a stunner, especially as interpreted under the careful ministrations of narrator Jonathan Davis. The novel postulates a corrupt near-future society in Southeast Asia, where powerful corporations vie for control over rice yields by wielding bioengineered viruses as tools for profit." (AudioFile)
"The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature." (Book Page)
"A classic dystopian novel likely to be short listed for the Nebula and Hugo Awards" (SF Signal)

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Is This Our Future?

I hope not, but many things in this story may come to pass. A strange, fascinating tale. Best listened to slowly I'd say. Story is complicated and dismal but a terrific adventure. Do yourself a favor and listen....

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracie
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 10-21-09

Great Audio Book

I really, really liked this audio book. The narrator did a fantastic job with giving each character a unique voice. But the best part was the story, it was very intriguing and I found myself listening to this book every moment I had. Great science fiction.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ronald
  • Morris, CT, USA
  • 10-19-09

Thought-provoking and entertaining

I listened to this book twice. The subject is current although the technologies described to cope are in many ways less advanced than many of today's "green technologies." However, the book is not about technology but rather about outcomes. The Calorie Man is rather two-dimensional, but working in biotech myself for the past 25 years, I sadly find him extremely realistic.
New evolution, indeed! An outstanding effort!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Well written!

Quality writing supports a first rate plot. It's hard and painful, to listen to what happens to the characters, but intensly worth it! Download now!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jorden
  • DrontenNetherlands
  • 09-30-09

Amazing

It's been a long time since I've read a story as moving as this one. Great storyline and believable characters. The story is set in a grim world, where it's not just a matter of good versus evil, all characters have their good and bad sides. This book has themes likes suffering, revenge and redemption.

The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I could just imagine myself being part of the story. A must read!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book, made even better by a skilful reading

Usually I'm happy if I don't notice the narrator at all, but for The Windup Girl I'll make an exception. The reading actually enhanced the story for me, and I'll now seriously consider buying other Audible books just on the basis that they're narrated by Mr Davis.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 12-14-09

Bangkok Struggling

Paolo Bacigalupi has written a book set in Bangkok inspired by a visit he made there. In this grim science fiction work, he presents a bleak story that will not turn the listerner loose. Social, economic, technological, and biological issues all come together to propell a story of and study of the human condition.

This is my first foray into science fiction and I am impressed. This is one mind bending ride. I would think that SF fans would find this volume a step apart. Those who are willing to approach this book with an open mind and willing to get through some dry parts (for me) will be rewarded.

The narration is excellent.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Stunning, sweeping, and masterfully narrated

Narrated masterfully by Jonathan Davis, Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl" is stunning and sweeping, with a vocabulary that sticks (particularly thinking in economic terms of "expansion" and "contraction" vs. "recession" etc.), and a story that is engaging at several levels, from character, to setting, to plot. This audiobook has me looking both for more stories from Bacigalupi and narrations from Davis.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • sandy hook, CT, United States
  • 09-30-09

get caught up

Its a very REAL book. you get to know and care about the windup girl and her plight. you can almost smell the slums and factories. I will listen to this again real soon, just to get the stuff I missed.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful narration for a blazing narrative

This story was incredible. It dealt with so many realities, fears, and beliefs of our modern age. The form of the prose is beautiful. I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time. I would caution people who would be disturbed or upset by the graphic description of violence and gang rape. There are many upsetting scenes though I do feel like they were used well to make the overall points.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful