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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility they are also an imposition.

Set against the vivid backdrop of shambolic modern-day Africa - a continent now primarily populated with wildlife of the two-legged sort - Lionel Shriver's Game Control is a wry, grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights the hypocrisy of lofty intellectuals who would save humanity but who don't like people. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Federico Sendel | 2/17/2014

    " Very interesting book. A fascinating novel involving demography... as weird as that sounds. Lionel Shriver is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I'm glad "We need to talk about Kevin" has given her more notoriety. If you read that book, give her others a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/17/2014

    " Brutally, darkly funny, and has a "happy" ending of sorts, which is a relief! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marketingguy | 2/17/2014

    " The premise of this story is that in order to rescue Africa from its crushing overpopulation, what's needed is a virus that selectively kills teenage African males. Watching Africa as observed with Shriver's penetrating eye, the premise seesm quite credible. The ending is weak, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting, controversial idea but as a whole was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 1/8/2014

    " This book takes an interesting approach to looking at overpopulation in Africa, a bit hard to get through but a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Janzen | 1/8/2014

    " Nov 08. A thought-provoking novel about theories and possible actions regarding the issue of overpopulation. Set in Africa. Ending was a bit anti-climactic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 1/3/2014

    " Though this book did not sell as well as any other of Shriver's books, it's one of those I enjoyed the most. Provokingly written and very well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/1/2014

    " Great dollops of demographic research and theory don't make this an easy read. I found the intellectually sparring left me cold and uninterested. But the main characters were believable in their unhappiness and hypocrisy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene Cloin - Tel | 12/15/2013

    " Couldn't stop reading. Strong characters who you do not want to leave. Intriguing novel about Africa and demography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 10/28/2013

    " It's a controversial topic, and I expected the plot to be explosive. Not so much. I did like it, even if the story and character development felt uneven "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 6/2/2013

    " Not one of Shriver's best in my opinion, but an informed look at population in third world countries. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 4/4/2013

    " I can't believe this book was written by the same person who wrote "We Need to Talk About Kevin". I am so disappointed, I found this really tough to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamar | 1/11/2013

    " An amazingly written treatment of incredible dilemmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It gives you some perspective on what modern Africa is like and the story is crazy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 9/3/2011

    " I read it so you don't have to......selfless to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 7/28/2011

    " interesting but some times hard for me to get into. not really my cup of tea in terms of topics but good none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/2/2010

    " read this on the beach in cuba - thought provoking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 6/11/2010

    " It's a controversial topic, and I expected the plot to be explosive. Not so much. I did like it, even if the story and character development felt uneven "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melly | 10/2/2009

    " Game Control is a truly bold satire of humanitarian culture, though I imagine a lot of people would find it extremely offensive. That's how you know it's a truly bold satire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamar | 9/10/2009

    " An amazingly written treatment of incredible dilemmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 8/25/2008

    " Brutally, darkly funny, and has a "happy" ending of sorts, which is a relief! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 8/25/2008

    " This book takes an interesting approach to looking at overpopulation in Africa, a bit hard to get through but a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/18/2008

    " Unfortunately this book speaks to me a little too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marketingguy | 6/18/2008

    " The premise of this story is that in order to rescue Africa from its crushing overpopulation, what's needed is a virus that selectively kills teenage African males. Watching Africa as observed with Shriver's penetrating eye, the premise seesm quite credible. The ending is weak, though. "

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About the Author
Author Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.