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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Imagine a cross between the chilling scientific credibility of Michael Crichton and the cutting-edge technology of William Gibson and you have Darwin's Radio. The discovery of concealed remains in a mass grave in Russia forces top scientists to question everything they believed about human origins. For molecular biologist Kaye Lang and virus hunter Christopher Dicken, it means pursuing a mysterious flu-like disease that has been dormant for millions of years - and is now coming back to life. With the world threatened by a deadly epidemic, they must solve an elusive puzzle and find a way to prevent the next terrifying step in evolution. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting story from a scientific/evolutionary perspective. Not particularly gripping as a narrative, and the characters are difficult to connect with, so don't read this expecting a moving story but do read it if you're interested in genetics and evolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 2/6/2014

    " I gave this a four because it was a fairly entertaining book. Had I rated it during the first half of the book only, it would definitely have gotten a five. However, towards the end of the book the scientific fact that is beaten into your head in the first half gives way to the authors strange image of the next step in human evolution. It was a little strange, but it was still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G33z3r | 2/4/2014

    " An excellent contemporary novel with a hard sci-fi basis in biology, genetics, and evolution. A little slow getting started, spending a bit more time than would've been my preference establishing Kaye's character, before the plot gets moving. Mr. Bear is rather pessimistic about human nature, but perhaps that makes him a realist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dean | 1/28/2014

    " Ok, I get it, but I don't believe it. Sorry, it's not one of my favorite Greg Bear books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DLKeur | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent book. I read it twice. I'll probably read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " Intriguing concept, but I didn't expect the big event to be delayed so far to the end. Dragged somewhat with the less-important characters. Did get me thinking (though I still don't believe in punctuated equilibrium). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 1/18/2014

    " An adequate thriller. Not really a page turner. I like books that present science in a good light as a way to discover certain truths about ourselves. This book has so0me of that but the writing was a little dry with almost all dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/16/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valorie | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed the characters, but found the biochemistry bogged it down a bit. Learned a lot, but it made my brain hurt...have to be in the right mood for this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this quite a lot. It hasn't persuaded me to read the others in the series, but I may get around to that one day. Certainly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heron | 12/23/2013

    " Meh. I don't know why I continue reading Greg Bear. I love hard sci-fi, but I'm tired of the horrible nightmare inducing plot-lines. Cycloptic fetuses covered in herpes sores? Really? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tad Jennings | 12/18/2013

    " Good writing, but the plot is a little too far fetched for me, personally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 2/24/2013

    " Fascinating book. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Heptonstall | 1/26/2013

    " Excellent book. I'm used to Bears hard sci-fi, therefore found this initially hard to get into. However, after persevering I thoroughly enjoyed the deep dive into viruses, phages and evolutionary alternatives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Moore | 12/7/2012

    " This was the first audio book that Dan and I listened to together on a road trip, and it was a great read for me afterwards. It was a departure for our book club since we don't read a lot of science fiction, but it was a riveting topic and we had a great discussion about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smitty | 11/14/2012

    " Well, I did like the story concept but for me the "big reveal" just did not satisfy me. Also, it seemed to drag on the last fourth of the book. Having said that, I have no plans to read he second one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 7/9/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lord Humungus | 1/24/2012

    " great premise; entertaining read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Foolery | 11/5/2011

    " An interesting premise, a mystery, a complex and intricate story...and by the end i just didn't care. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Sherman | 10/31/2011

    " Ingenious & imaginative how a jump in evolution comes from within our own DNA as if in it something just turned on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erick | 8/29/2011

    " The further evolution of the human race via prehistoric endogenous retroviruses that lie dormant in our DNA is a great concept. Too bad it was ruined by Bear's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Lawlor | 6/3/2011

    " Awsome book, really enjoyed it "

  • 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/17/2011

    " Typical, but original, SF fare. It makes wonder if society has already made the jump but is being limited through other means. Just my speculation...
    As far as the book goes, common genre pacing, fast with little attention to character development. Of course, this is why genre sells right? "

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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

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.