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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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Great book, so-so narrator

I love this story so much, it's very eerie and hits pretty close to home in today's society. The narrator is only okay. It was a little monotone, which makes an interesting story a little more boring than it should be, in my opinion. When I read this book for the first time, I couldn't put it down. The first few chapters of the audiobook, however, I found myself yawning and zoning out, so that's a bit of a shame. It got better as the story itself picked up, though.

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In case you'd forgotten that Atwood is a hurricane

of speculative fiction, here is a tale full of strange and sickeningly familiar futures, deeply flawed technocratic geniuses, genetic contortionism, and a capitalist world rocketing towards the post-post-apocalyse.
Terrifying. Beautiful. Dryly hilarious. Tragic.
Heck, it's Atwood at her finest, making us laugh and whimper at the future while holding a bitter mirror to the present.

Also, the narrator is as perfectly dry as Atwood herself, and suits the story well. (Although I cannot understand why he keeps pronouncing "feral" as "fearal". I twitched every time)

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Refund please

Couldn't stand it. Want a refund. Didn't like the story, nor the narration. Turns out I can't stand Margaret Atwood.

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This book is bonkers in a good way

Great narration

Crazy good story but is not for the squeamish.

Anyone with a biology background will enjoy the clever references throughout the book.

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Excellent!

I love this series by Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake is probably the best of the trilogy and it is well performed by Campbell Scott. Highly recommended.

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  • jam
  • 2022-01-11

remarkable

The writing is High Caliber with remarkable depth and poetry. The story work is innovative and evocative. The characters are compelling and easy to follow. I was dismayed ¾ through when it seemed like the The whole book thus far was one long introduction. Then I discovered that this was the first book in a trilogy. I am very eager get I to the next two books.

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  • 2021-11-24

Great listen

I’ve read this book before, I talked my husband into listening to whole trilogy together and he has also enjoyed it

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Great Book with anti utopian context

Loved the Story and the narration. The author toys with many ideas that are though provoking, even though its nothing new, i found the concepts presented in a new light refreshing

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A good book

Very dark. Excellent dystopian fiction. Recommend this book to those who hate happy endings.

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thought provoking

I really enjoyed this book! The narration is easy to listen to, and the storyline is so interesting! From the many spliced, gene modified creatures, to the life stories of all the human characters, it kept me engaged from start to finish. I listened to the next 2 books in the series, and then came back and listened to this one again, and it was even better when I had more perspective. If you like dystopian books, you'll like this series.

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  • Erica
  • 2017-10-03

One of those books that stays with you for years!

I haven't read this book for years so I decided to get the audio version to refresh my memory. The book it's self is absolutely fantastic and the story has stayed with me for a decade. Atwood is a master at getting into the heads of her characters are creating a fantastic narrative. Her stories are always so fascinating and gripping.

The narration was very good and did a great job with the story. No complaints there! The only thing I would change is the awkward intro and exit music but it's only 45 seconds of a long book so it's not worth losing a star over.

Give the book a try! You wont regret it!

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