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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)

What listeners say about Oryx and Crake

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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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interesting book

The story was extremely strange where I wondered why I was still listening to the audio book. Then 3/4 in, reality struck and everything made sense! overall the story was interesting.

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This book tops my list in my Atwood collection at home. I am quite pleased with this individuals narration of the first in this trilogy. Great read. Great listen.

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I personally really enjoyed this novel.

The main reason is all the world-building, the biotechnologies of the 2000s were explained really well and slightly expanded on for intrigue. I could definitely see people who are not tech or bio savvy having a hard time believing a world like this may truly be the future of humanity. They may even refer to it as exaggerated or science fiction... however, those technologies are not really that many decades away from our current times.

I enjoyed the constant tension and admiration that jimmy and Glenn had for one another, both for their own reasons.

I'm still beside myself with how amazing the plot twist is as well as the shocking Homicide-Amicicide.

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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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Oryx and Crake

This is a great book. Atwood has a scary imagination. Forget the mad scientists, it is the humanists that have the stuff of nightmares up their sleeves. The book is an unsettling dystopian tale, still very much relevant almost 20 years past its publication, and manages to bundle together science fiction with touching and difficult characters. It will leave you thinking about some of the "big questions" in a new light.

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great story and a great reading

incredible story and phenomenal reading. a must read (hear?) in my opinion. have recommended it to more people than I can count!

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woke af

once again the brilliant Mz Atwood is ahead of her time and accurately assesses the human condition and its destructive effect on this planet and all the other inhabitants. this is engrossing and thought provoking, with characters who are three dimensional.

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well written terrifying!

I love Atwood! Thanks for this!
it is a terrific tale of a possible future!

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  • Erica
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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!