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Hominids Audiobook

Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn't eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.

Hunt and gather: listen to more in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.

©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2003

"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." (The New York Times)

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    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13
    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "All 3 books- Oddly Excellent"
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    This is a thought provoking trilogy with original refreshing characters intermingled with believable scientific imagination stirred with the right amount of human behavior and a little romance. A challenging story line that really works. When is the movie coming out?

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    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12
    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Super interesting story"
    Where does Hominids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hominids?

    When the time wall is breached


    What does Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotional weight


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A story out of the ordinary. You have to like Sci Fi

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 12-26-11
    Jerry 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Hominids?

    I like 'realistic' scifi and once you accept the basic premise this was well thought our and very interesting.


    What other book might you compare Hominids to and why?

    Stirlings Islands in the Sea of Time series


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-18-11
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Lightweight Work of Science Fiction"

    An interesting sci-fi idea - Humans reaching ascendancy in one universe (ours), and the Neanderthal species reaching ascendancy in an alternate universe, and a quantum experiment gone awry creating a momentary link between the two. All of the "science" in the book seems well thought-out and reasonably below the threshold of suspended disbelief required of a sci-fi reader. The plot, however, not so much. I found it simply unbelievable that should a living neanderthal specimen be found, the government, law enforcement, various scientific administrative bodies, and the media would react as they do in this story. That the discovering scientists would simply be driving the Neanderthal around and housing him in their home, without a government response similar to the final scenes of E.T., seems to me to be WAY ABOVE a reasonable suspended-disbelief threshold. Also, I don't go to escapist sci-fi alternate universe novels to have to read about women dealing with rape. A worthwhile subject to write about, but not in a sci-fi novel about quantum connections to alternate universes - especially since there's no insight about rape itself. It happens in the Neanderthal world too. That's it. So too, apparently, do homosexual relationships. Another aspect of the story that seemed out of place, and hard to believe or even imagine. Perhaps universal periodic homosexuality is a solution to whatever problems/difficulties there are in typical heterosexual relationships, but it too seems WAY ABOVE a reasonable suspended-disbelief threshold. You get the sense the author is trying to make some sort of socially relevant point. I suspect this book would do well if promoted by Oprah, but I couldn't recommend it for fans of hard science fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
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    "Enjoyed"

    I purchased the first this book and right away downloaded the two follow up books. They were very interesting. Not a concept I had thought about before. Would love to see a 4th book in this series.

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    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10
    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect for Sci Fi Fans"

    This entire series is a must for sci fi fans. Smart, fast paced, integrated - I wish there were more.

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    Joel Washington, DC, United States 08-04-09
    Joel Washington, DC, United States 08-04-09
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    "Juvenile"

    I have to admit that I've read a lot of "beach books" with simplistic characters and wooden dialog, but this one is special: it adds ham-fisted politically correct subthemes. Not worth listening to.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 02-19-09
    Andre 02-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Compelling concepts. So-so writing."

    The maxim of "show, don't tell" is clearly one that this author has never heard. The book is heavier on science than good fiction. However, even the science couldn't get me to engage in the sequel. If this is a Hugo Award-winner...well, then, SF ain't what it used to be.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Reno,, NV, USA 07-26-08
    Alan Reno,, NV, USA 07-26-08
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    "Fast read"

    This book was a "fast" read. I enjoyed it, and wanted to go on to the next book. The characters are fully developed, and the premise is interesting. There is also social commentary.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Chapel Hill, NC, USA 02-14-09
    Fred Chapel Hill, NC, USA 02-14-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Graphic Rape Scene"

    Hi, I don't want to sound too prude, but this book has an early graphic rape scene. In a regular book, it isn't a problem to fast forward through this, but in an audio format, it is just a little bit creepy.

    I really felt awkward listening to this and just wanted to pass it on to others. I realize this may come off as old-fashioned, but having to listen to it is very different than reading through it (where you can skip lines and/or pages).

    22 of 47 people found this review helpful

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