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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Darwin Series Release Date: August 1999 ISBN: 9781440782114
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Greg Bear’s fiction ingeniously combines cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters. It has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and choruses of critical acclaim. Now, with Darwin’s Radio, Bear creates a nonstop thriller swirling with provocative ideas about the next step of human evolution. In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple—with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the UN investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the US to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up. How are these seemingly disparate events connected? Kaye Lang and her colleagues must race against a genetic time bomb to find out. Darwin’s Radio pulses with intelligent speculation, international adventure, and political intrigue as it explores timeless human themes. George Guidall’s masterful performance heightens the excitement and keeps you enthralled until the final fascinating word. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The reader’s] obvious enthusiasm for the text manifests itself in a riveting performance encompassing scientific theory and the requisite romance.”

    AudioFile

  • Darwin’s Radio is far superior to other recent thrillers on similar themes…not only because Bear creates fuller, more realistic characters and situations, but also because Bear understands the science behind his ideas more deeply.”

    Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

  • “[The] idea that drives [the story] is an intriguing and nicely presented version of punctuated evolution…Bear is one of a handful of writers in the field who manage both the complexity of the intellectual material and the solidity and depth of feeling required for a ‘novel of ideas’ to be a real novel.”

    Locus

  • “Absorbing and ingenious.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • A 2000 John W. Campbell Award Nominee
  • A 2000 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2000 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Takim Williams | 2/11/2014

    " Biology has always been my favorite science, and this story was full of biology and bold yet plausible speculation. It's the kind of thriller that scares and disturbs you a little, but mostly you come away feeling optimistic and enlightened. I can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/8/2014

    " Clever & creative "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maren | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting enough for me to read the sequel. I like the sci-fi and the alternative universe, though the characters could've used a bit more depth and dimension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/24/2014

    " Bear's story about the emergence of a new kind of human through the actions of a retrovirus fascinated me, and he wrote a real page-turner with this one. I particularly enjoyed the way he managed to stay with an engaging cast of characters while also zooming out to larger societal events and issues. The book ends in a way that implies a sequel without leaving any loose ends unraveling. Thought-provoking, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Ingham | 1/18/2014

    " Great story, puts Chrichton to shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Resch | 1/17/2014

    " Good characters. Even the bad ones. Good read. Worth every minute you spend reading it as it is a good story with good characters and also an interesting scientific idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/14/2014

    " This was a clever twist on the usual contagion/outbreak story. There was quite detailed science presented (whether real or made up) which went a little overboard. There was a too much politics and game playing than I'd like, but the protagonists were likeable and believable. Worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 12/31/2013

    " Terrible! F - -. It's not even the writing that's bad it... bleh. Just trust me, don't read it. I don't even want to talk about it anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornerscribe | 12/28/2013

    " This is a great book, particularly if you're into sci fi. There's interesting speculation about evolution and the role of viruses as well. Well worth the time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ronya | 12/8/2013

    " I hated this book. It was a chore to read it all the way through. I managed somehow, what with Bear's cardboard cut-out characters. Interesting premise, but this book was an excuse for...something. I forget what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 11/30/2013

    " Is evolution a gradual process or one that moves in broad jumps? You might need a biology refresher but this is a very good read (4.8). Reminds me of the Andromeda Strain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 11/28/2013

    " 3.5 stars. I think this book is categorized as science fiction simply because Greg Bear is well-known as a writer in that genre. It reminded me much more of Michael Crichton's novels, specifically The Andromeda Strain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 7/9/2013

    " Humanity changes in one generation due to a retro-virus "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/27/2013

    " A science fiction compromised by a contrived romance, Darwin's Radio read like a harlequin book at times. Not my cup of tea... not really sure who would really enjoy this blend either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 4/28/2013

    " Fascinating book. Well written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristyn | 1/30/2013

    " Horrible. Just horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 12/29/2012

    " This was a fascinatingly intricate action-adventure style sci fi which I found engrossing when I read it quite a few years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cayenne | 8/31/2012

    " Definitely for a mature audience and I thought it was weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indira Seshadri | 5/3/2012

    " The idea is awe inspiring,the core of the book is great (which is why I stayed up all night finishing it), but needs tighter writing,better phrasing, better editing.. learn from Crichton! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 June | 2/19/2012

    " Didn't finish. Couldn't get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/8/2012

    " 3+ Terrific premise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juanita Johnson | 12/22/2011

    " Spectacularly written. I was SO sad to see it end and thrilled to see a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 5/24/2011

    " First Greg Bear book I read, I LOVED it. Enjoyable read, intersting sci-fi aspects, characters I actually cared about.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 5/15/2011

    " You really need to love microbiology and genetics to enjoy this book. However it does give you food for thought about human evolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/6/2011

    " First read this, and it's followup Darwin's Children ages ago. It's a 'what if' look at human evolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drbrewhaha | 4/6/2011

    " Interesting idea about a built-in virus which kicks in when the time is right to create a new species of human. Too much technical jargon. The story was weak with no character development and a anticlimactic ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniyel | 3/27/2011

    " A good read, heavy on the science aspect yet not over the top with needless detail. The characters are fleshed out fairly well aside from one of the main characters, who in my preference needed some better definition....I'm looking at you Mitch! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/8/2011

    " Fascinating take on the potential mechanisms of the evolutionary process and society's reaction to large scale changes which may or may not be contagious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/8/2011

    " I'm trying to get back into "hard" science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/4/2011

    " The science is very solid and intrguing, as science should be. This work plays with an alternative theory of evolution and integrated it well with current world situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/25/2011

    " I liked this book. Greg Bear is a good writer. He really did a lot of research on genetics. Or at least enough to be able to speak on it with some authority.

    dave "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Me | 1/25/2011

    " Wonderful extrapolation of the present day to see how people would react if our species were evolving. I can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 1/22/2011

    " Loved it! Loved the biology! One of my favorite books of all time!! "

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.