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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 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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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 U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. 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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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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