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Oryx and Crake

Written by: Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: Campbell Scott
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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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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A very good story

This story forces the listener/reader to consider several moral dilemmas. It is a dystopian commentary on contemporary life, which may be uncomfortable to some. The narration by Campbell Scott is superb.

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talk about dangling the carrot

keeps you on the edge and wanting more, constantly creating more questions even when giving answers. Also answering questions I never even thought to ask. Scary but very probable dystopian world portrayed wonderfully with flawlessly executed flash backs!

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slow start but engaging

I struggled to put myself in the world in the beginning but as the sorry progresses and once the flanks begin I really got into it.

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One of the Best Apocalyptic Novels

I loved the voice actor, and the phenomenal way that he wove life into Mrs. Atwood's amazing stories.

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Atwood's writing shines through a bleak tale

Without Atwood's deft writing skill, this would be tough to finish, owing to its bleak outlook. Scott's monotonic reading certainly effectively compounds this atmosphere.

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Shes written much better

Campbell Scott is an absolute gem. Well written, but really lacked substance in my opinion.

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Struggled to finish

Struggled to finish; felt like there was no plot; got bored about half way through

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  • 2019-04-10

My favorite author!

Margaret Atwood never fails me, I have read all her literature! Amazing story teller! I recommend this book to anyone who likes an unpredictable storyline.

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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!