The performance was overall really good, just some niggling little things I wish he'd have corrected - Sudbury is pronounced "SudBIRry" not "SUD-berry" and others. His French Canadian accent for a main character, Louise, was more of a Parisian French accent which I couldn't really blame him for except that he did so well with a host of other accents!
I'm a Robert Sawyer fan and this one is among his best I've read. I love a SCI-do book that's smart enough to speculate about what other civilizations would look like with one small change. This one doesn't disappoint! I'm impressed at how well he wrote the Neanderthal characters - they were very real, just as much as the human characters. And speaking as a Canadian scientist, Sawyer always captures the bureaucracies so well!
Mark Wandrey - Novelist
I loved it! I have read this series before, and it remains engaging and thought-provoking.
Even though the story is excellent, I imagine that listening to the book narrated by a talented professional, as this book was, brought it more to life.
It causes the reader to rethink our social behavior, especially in the area of crime and religion.
I found it hard to take breaks. I looked for every opportunity to continue listening.
I'm anxiously anticipating Book II in the series.
Feminist or any otherg roup who have a strong hatred of men
Mary- Do we really need more feminist victim characters?
Listening to authors intro I should have realized where the book might lead. Unfortunately he is from Toronto. . Toronto is one of North Americas most dangerous cities for men. The novel denigrates men and portrays them as sexist rapist, the only exception is the Neanderthal who is a Sensitive New-Age Guy
A lot of people have commented on the politics and religion in this series. My dislike isn't at all due to the inclusion of controversial topics, but rather due to the incredibly heavy-handed approach the author took to those issues. Among other problems, he apparently has not learned the show-don't-tell maxim regarding writing, which is what makes his coverage of ethical issues feel so preachy and off-putting (and as a politically-liberal female scientist, born in the US and raised in Canada, and a sexual assault survivor, I'm probably the choir he thinks he's preaching to). Benign example: cop is shouting/yelling at Ponter and then Sawyer writes "two more cops had appeared at the entrance to the interrogation room, presumably coming in the response to the shouts." The bit about presumably coming in response to the shouts is unnecessary. And since Sawyer does that with ethical issues - instead of just describing the responses and actions of the characters and letting the reader think about them, he "explains" them- it gets old fast. His characters are also incredibly stereotyped and one dimensional. He doesn't address the various nonsensical aspects of his characters either (ie. violence supposedly having been bred out of the neanderthals and yet in the only two current-day examples included in the books, they choose violence).
The premise is intriguing, which is what got me to halfway through book 2 before giving up, but that's about all I can say as a positive, aside from the narrator, who is fine.
I am a writer who loves reading.
I loved this story. It had great, accurate science and some really wonderful character building. I adored the world and the people in it and I found myself worrying about the Neanderthal's decisions after the book was over. Can't wait to read book 2.
I don't know about this one. It's interesting from a data gathering point of view, but the story difficult in parts. I actually sped up the playback speed to 2x about halfway through.
The idea of a parallel world to ours is not new, nor are stories about the discovery of neanderthal culture. What made this book good was the contrast between our human world and another.