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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The MaddAddam Trilogy Release Date:
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Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it’s left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God’s Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb’s dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sardonically funny…[Atwood] certainly has the tone exactly right, both for the linguistic hypocrisy that can disguise any kind of catastrophe and for the contemptuous dismissal of those who point to disaster…MaddAddam is at once a pre- and a post-apocalypse story.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Atwood has brought the previous two books together in a fitting and joyous conclusion that’s an epic not only of an imagined future but of our own past, an exposition of how oral storytelling traditions led to written ones and ultimately to our sense of origin…Atwood’s prose miraculously balances humor, outrage, and beauty. A simple description becomes both chilling and sublime…In so much genre fiction, language is sacrificed to plot and invention. It’s a pleasure to read a futuristic novel whose celebration of beauty extends to the words themselves.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The imaginative universe Atwood has created in these books is huge...It’s a dystopia, but it’s still fun...Atwood doesn’t just ask what if, she raises an eyebrow and says, ‘See where we’re going?’ Yet she’s not a pessimist: she’s invented a future large enough to include, after the end of the world, people falling in love.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This unsentimental narrative exposes the heart of human creativity as well as our self-destructive darkness...MaddAddam is fueled with edgy humor, sardonic twists, hilarious coincidences.”

    Boston Globe

  • “There is something funny, even endearing, about such a dark and desperate view of a future—a ravaged world emerging from alarmingly familiar trends—that is so jam-packed with the gifts of imagination, invention, intelligence, and joy. There may be some hope for us yet.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The final entry in Atwood’s brilliant MaddAddam trilogy roils with spectacular and furious satire…Her vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[MaddAddam] deploys its author’s trademark cool, omniscient satire but adds to that a real sense of engagement with a fallen world. Atwood has created something reminiscent of Shakespeare;s late comedies; her wit and dark humour combine with a compassionate tenderness towards struggling human beings.”

    Independent (UK)

  • MaddAddam is sharp, witty, and strong enough to stand alone...Peppered with witty neologisms, Atwood’s character-driven novel is terrific precisely because of close attention to detail, to voice, to what’s in the hearts of these people: love, loss, the need to keep on keeping on, no matter what...This novel sings.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A gritty, stirring, and resonant conclusion…Atwood is ascendant.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Earnest, cynical, scathing: With these varied narrative approaches, Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond perfectly capture the complexities of Atwood’s last installment in her MaddAddam Trilogy. The first section of the audiobook provides a clear-eyed, nearly (maybe not quite) hopeful view of this postapocalyptic world so as to pull the listener in, regardless of any familiarity with the two previous titles. Subsequent sections dramatize all the horrors of human nature with harsh realism and suspense. All three narrators offer taut performances with grab-you-by-the-throat vocal energy, driving dialogue, and brutal momentum. Together, the three narrators create a dizzying, somewhat impressionistic, portrait of a future that contemporary humankind seems to be preparing itself for.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, September 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • The 2013 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Science Fiction
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Science Fiction Narration
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2013
  • A 2014 Locus Award Finalist
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