Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2003.
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004. 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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"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 03-02-10

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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29 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Liz... Bristol on 11-08-15

A book of ideas in sci-fi, not space opera.

I'm not familiar with Margaret Atwood's other work. Although clearly it fits into the sci-if genre, it is not a space opera. It is the sci-if of ideas and their effects upon society. The story does move back and forth over time, but in a limited way and not difficult to follow. The world is not ours, but a future or alternate version. I've just finished listening to this and shall move straight onto the middle book of the trilogy. Atwood has created a strange but familiar universe that is rigid and controlled. It is linear from childhood, but friendship can bridge the paths and the years.

John Chancer is probably not my ideal narrator (I prefer a deeper tone), but he does a very good job here. He manages to define the characters without using a range of accents.

Probably because Atwood is Canadian she uses quite a number of British rather than American terms (eg bum instead of ass or butt) which is a pleasant change.

Oryx and Crake is a great change of gear from the more run-of-the-mill detective or thriller novels that I like. Worth a listen if you enjoy a change. I did.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Renny on 29-03-06

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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5 out of 5 stars
By MrMonterrubio on 01-04-15

A breath taking dystopia !!!

One of the best end-of-the-world books out there. Atwood is a genius at storytelling, she moves from present to past like a boss

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