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.
©2000 Greg Bear; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF." (Publishers Weekly)
I'd rate the story an average entertainment for those interested in the scientific and anthropological possibilities suggested by the book jacket. I would have preferred a much faster pacing of the story.
Some of the chapters seemed like they got cut off in mid sentence, but the story was so good I kept listening and will now be broke for the rest of the week because I had to buy the sequel.
After listening to this book, I thought I'd like the sequel "Darwin's Children" but the latter just didn't do anything for me....very draggy, and I couldn't be bothered to finish it. So I returned the latter (Thanks for that Audible).
The concept behind this story was intriguing, but the execution was just not well done. The highly educated professional scientist ends up behaving like a school girl. The Federal agents don't behave much better. I would not read another book by Greg Bear.
This was a scientific concept. Develop the science of the story further. Allow the characters to stay true to themselves and evolve in a mature sense.
His reading of the story was great. Nice inflection.
Disappointment. I really expected a scientific thriller. I even get into the political upheaval a situation like this might cause, but the character and story development really fell short.
Hard to recommend because of technobiojargonlanguage,particularly in the first 1/2 of the book. But, if you hang in, the last 1/3 is really compelling.
When the 3 year old interfaces with other children.
When he did the argument between the several government types toward the end of the book. He is so masterful, you were never confused about who was saying what to whom.
Since Frank died, George is alone at the top of the mountain.
Both...I did. I cried several times and laughed out loud a few times. I got angry. This one really got to me. Thank you Mr. Bear.
Story that keeps attention vs. filling pages describing a scene without purpose.
It started with promise then went downhill and stayed there.
Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.
An ending that didn't suck
Not at all. This is one of my favorite genres.
The characters were fine. The ending really disappointed.
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