Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings
Hybrids returns us back to the Neanderthal world of Ponter Boddit. Mary has agreed to live on the Neanderthal world fulltime and the reader is treated to some interesting new facets of the Neanderthal society. I enjoyed the drama and tension found here in book three and found it holds its own well compared to the first two books. Great narration.
Love Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy & Alternate History genres. Prefer action over romance.
Why was hybrid in the title when entire story takes place before they were born or even conceived. it is not until epilogue that it is stated the hybrid was made & lead female is carrying it. Also, mabye I'm being picky, but the women only get the man 4 days a month in his world & when he & his male lover come to her world, she can't get him for a couple of days, seems pretty petty & stingy of the male lover to say those are my days, get used to it, WTH, he gets 4 times the days she gets & he can't when in Rome do like the Romans do for just a couple of days & the male lead puts up with it & backs him. Something is rotten in Denmark in my opinion. Also at his bonding ceremony he makes a point of saying their baby is a hybrid, that didn't seem necessary & seemed it would only make it stand out as abnormal even more, bad move & seems to indicate prejudice on his part. Just saying. 1st 2 books were ok tho 1st went a little slow to start. Then this last one, kept wondering where the hybrid was the entire time. Some plot devices to simplistic & made man out to be too horrific vs these perfect Neanderthals that castrate entire family lines for the sins of one man. something doesn't add up here. Still I'd be curious to see what happens in book 4, maybe they could call it, "this is really the Hybrid Story"
the finale of Ponter and Mary's story is just right - not over done and not lacking. I appreciate the theory and morality perspectives involved in this and other books.
this book is a good conclusion to the series. everything tied up with a neat little bow. although still entertaining I found this story to be very predictable. nothing that happened was a surprise but there are some interesting ideas put forth. worth listening to.
I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books
Captivating. Intelligent. Satisfying.
Favorite character, Ponter Boddit. He is appealing, moral and intelligent.
I have listened to Sawyer's books. His themes are why I enjoy Science Fiction. Davis brings them to life with his wide range of voices.
The Neanderthal Parallax is good for it's attention to character development. It's full of emotions.
Sawyer's future science is fascinating. Feeds the quest for knowledge.
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Overall I loved it: The entire Trilogy. I just couldn’t get enough of Mary trying to explain (justify) our society to Ponter, I thought that it brought up so many different and interesting issues: Religion, Crime and Punishment, The Right to Choose, Environment, Relationships, Science and Technology etc … I found it endlessly interesting!
Having said that, I didn’t like the Jock storyline and I won’t say more about it because I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read it yet. The book seemed to morph (degenerate) from a really thought-provoking story to Bruce-Willis-Action; I was more annoyed than on the edge of my seat.
Still, it didn’t ruin it for me at all. If ever there is a Book 4 someday – I am in!
I've always been interested in Evolution and have enjoyed fiction focusing on Neanderthals and our relationship with them way back when. I really debated whether or not to take a chance on these books (I'm half way thru the 2nd book, Humans, as I type) and I'm so glad I did. I love the actual science and feel like I'm learning so much. I love the characters too. Ponter and Mary are carrying the story so well. This idea of what could have happened or might still happen has me "thinking" so much about religion and politics and life in general. I love it when a book makes me think like this. Can't wait to finish Humans and then start on Hybrid. This author, Mr. Sawyer, must be one fascinating MIND.
Bottom line is... Go for it! Take a chance. Not many will regret the opportunity to think outside the box. It's really a treat to be so entertained while learning so much.
I think it is safe and accurate to say that Mr. Sawyer has a strange and unavoidable dislike of the United States (though I am sure if asked he would heartily deny it - not good for sales) and a bit of an obsession with his Canadianism - that and his religion. Aside from that, I agree with the other 3 reviewers here and have little to add.
Yes. About the same.
No. I needed to take breaks. I can't sit through this much political mush-headedness in one listening.
The author continues his political discourse throughout this 3rd book. It reminds me of a person complaining about the evils of large corporations while eating dinner in a restaurant owned by a large corporation... a meal being paid for by his father, who works for a large corporation. How nice that you have views, but you would not be free to discuss your views in this forum if it wasn't for the benefits of the system that you believe to be inferior. Specifically, Robert J Sawyer would not be able to spend time writing about the evils of agricultural societies if he lived in a hunter-gatherer society. He would be hunting. He would be fishing. He would be cleaning game & carrying it back to where the meal would be prepared. He would be doing these things because he had to eat, not because he enjoyed them. What archaeological evidence do we have that hunter-gatherers had any sort of writing? None. All evidence of early writing comes from peoples who lived in cities & cultivated fields.
His views on religion are interesting, too. It must be nice to live in a think-tank where people are not responsible for their own actions. This is not reality, however. People choose to make mistakes. Few, if any, religions preach that people should war with their neighbors. People choose to make war instead of peace. People choose to do evil unto others. These are choices, not mandates of religious system or practice.
The often-cited view of the author that Canada is superior to other countries is odd, also. In one paragraph he writes about how horrible is the death penalty, and how Canada doesn't practice it. In another he writes about abortion and how Canada allows it. So, it's okay to kill innocent babies but not okay to kill people who have chosen to enter a school and kill children? How is that a superior, or even logical, thought process?
These are only a small sample of the views expressed throughout the book. As I said in my comments about Book 2, Robert Sawyer - please tell your fabulous story, but leave out your brainwashing tactics.
Sawyer took a concept that had potential for an intriguing story, then butchered it by devoting the whole series to attacking any faith system other than atheism. While the series was intended to be a platform for social commentary, it doesn't really have anything to say other than the world would be a better place if we had technologies that don't exist, men took no hand in child rearing and just stayed away from women and children, and that all would be just butterflies and lollipops if we did no homework into religion, blamed all our problems on it, and turned to the guiding light of atheism for moral clarity. Really, he could have covered that in a pamphlet. Going through that over and over in a trilogy was painful. Save yourself the frustration. AVOID THIS SERIES.