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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's 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. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories?
©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging." (Booklist)
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By Renny on 03-29-06

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this title, it was so good that it only lasted 2 long listening sessions! I only wish there were more *unabridged* works from Margaret Atwood available at audible.

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By Rachel Ross on 04-04-16

Grotesque objectification of women

Sexist view point of lead character and sickening themes of child pornography - couldn't finish it.

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By Martin on 02-03-10

Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining

What a story this is. It is quite hard to review without giving away the plot too much but I listened to this in 2 days and would happily go back to the start right now. The Narration is first class, along with the plot and the characters. The story leaves you thinking about it when you are not listening, wondering "could that really happen?" to which the answer is most often yes it could. Highly, recommend this. I will remember this one for a long time to come and probably shudder as parts of it become true in the future.

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By Sandor on 01-31-14

Interesting and creative story

Where does Oryx and Crake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my better " reads".

What did you like best about this story?

The story unfolds in flash back form, something has happened , vast swathes of the earths population have disappeared and those that survive don't seem quite human, ,but what and who is to blame ?

Any additional comments?

Be warned this is the first in a trilogy and the story does not resolve itself in this book one, so you're basically committing yourself to reading ( listening too) all three. The story does meander, at times you begin to wonder what is the point of some of the tributaries you end up exploring . I however made it to the end of number three so was suitably gripped, although I did feel by book three it was beginning to plod along a little predictably, book one ( this one ) is definitely the best.

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By jackie on 03-12-17

Great book, poor narrator.

Margaret Atwood only knows how to write good books. I loved this story. what a pity you didn't choose a different narrator. His ability to r read a female voice was very poor. I will need to buy the book now and read it again using my voices.

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By emmoff on 11-17-16

Speculative fiction at it's best

Loved this book. Snowman, the narrator, appears to be the sole human survivor of an apocalypse. Other survivors are genetically altered humans and animals. Can't praise this book enough. Brilliant start to a wonderful trilogy.
Also love the narration for this book "Snowman oh Snowman" so good. Margaret Atwood is so delicious to read so the narration has to be quality.

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