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Humans Audiobook

Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation. The Neanderthals have developed a highly artistic, ethical, and scientific culture without ever inventing farming - they're still hunters and gatherers - and this allows the author to make some interesting and generally unrecognized points about the downside of the discovery of agriculture.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why one particular chapter of Humans is his very favorite.

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

©2003 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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

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    pugmom 06-08-14
    pugmom 06-08-14
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    "Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No! The 1st book of this series was a solid good book for this genre This one is an ape human romance novel.


    Would you recommend Humans to your friends? Why or why not?

    No!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The obligatory cliche' human vs Ape sex scene.


    Was Humans worth the listening time?

    NO No! The 1st book of this series was a solid good book for this genres This one is an ape human teenage romance novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kopen 05-04-14
    Kopen 05-04-14

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    "Naive Preaching - Virtues of Atheism and Communism"
    What would have made Humans better?

    If Robert Sawyer didn't pretty much start out the book preaching Americans on the Vietnam war and why they should be atheists ... might have been a little more insightful to discuss the history of the neanderthals and how they decided to have a police state where their every move is watched by the government. I am reminded of the ideological struggle between Isaac Asimov, who believed a strong central all knowing government was necessary vs. Ayn Rand who believed the individual spark of liberty was a necessary precondition to a functioning society.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have a bad taste, need something to cleanse it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CJ 02-18-14
    CJ 02-18-14
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    "Overall A Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Humans the most enjoyable?

    I've been fascinated by Neanderthals for years & read all I can about them. Interesting fantasy culture in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Hak. It seemed to have more personality than the actual personalities sometimes.


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

    The only extreme reaction at any time was anger. Anger that the author decided to use his book as a vehicle to brain-wash. The presentation that the reason for Neanderthal extinction is that our kind of humans killed them, for instance. Mary mentions that this is just one theory, but doesn't present the other theories & says that she believes this one. Also, the idea that the only reason for slavery was/is to further the gain of the owner(s) in recent American agricultural societies, while completely ignoring the fact that Native Americans practiced slavery, Europeans practiced slavery, Africans practiced slavery, slavery is still practiced in southern Asia & the Middle East, etc., really chaps my hide! Additionally, the author's apparent need to convince his readers that religion is a ridiculous notion, believed only by the feeble-minded or people completely lacking in logic, is outright offensive! Tell your story, Mr Sawyer - but leave your thought reform tactics out of it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glen B 09-18-13
    Glen B 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have stopped after book 1"
    Any additional comments?

    Although I highly recommend book 1, this follow on becomes boring very quickly and fails to inspire imagination like the first book did.
    Basically, book 1 felt adventurous and it was exciting to visualize the fantastic ideas the author brought to the story, but in this book there are no new ideas and it goes from being adventurous to a boring love story with barely any excitement.Such a shame, as I was excited after the first book to know there were 2 more to follow.
    Having read the reviews for book 3, it appears it doesn't get any better so I'm now searching for a new series to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-10-10
    Karen 10-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Very disappointing"

    I tried very hard to like this book. I so loved the premise and the whole idea of the two parallel universes. I was excited to read it and see which direction it took, after the first book established the whole situation so well. So it took me a long time to admit that the author was actually just using the book as a thinly veiled opportunity to expound his personal opinion. At length. The whole book just turned into a sequence of dialogues, which were really monologues, about issues of the day. If Robert Sawyer had written a book of essays to express his personal opinion, it would have been a more honest presentation of his views than using his characters to say it for them. I know that authors express their personal opinions in their books, but it is possible to do so with more finesse and an actual story line than was done in this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 08-25-08
    dissipatedfog San Francisco, CA 08-25-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the first book, almost 4 stars."

    I liked this book but thought that the social commentary was at times forced into the story. The narrator did a little better with some of the accents this time, but often times when reading women's lines he made them sound insipid. It was like a man making fun of the way a woman talks. It didn't happen all them time, but there were definitely moments. Again at the beginning was a 2 1/2 minute introduction by the author that was annoying; he really needs to stop selling his books to those who have already bought them. He doesn't have a pleasant speaking voice so it's a doubly bad way to begin a reading. All in all it was enjoyable but not as good as the first book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 05-19-12
    Lauren 05-19-12
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    "Following the trend of most modern Sci-fi books"

    Like a lot of recent Sci-fi books, the theme of the Earth being ruined by Humans is a big one. The first book of the series was really good, Sawyer painted a very interesting society. This one lived up in uniqueness of ideas, but it was superficial, rather than the source of the stories conflict. The Global Warming theme is over done, its very cliche. I have read quite a few books dedicated to the subject, i don't need a fiction book to address the matter for me. I probably won't get the 3rd book of the series unless it's on sale sometime. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Milbradt 11-26-10
    D. Milbradt 11-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Runs Out of Steam"

    Book one was entertaining but, book two mostly drags on with a tiresome exploration of religion and sentimenal reasons to believe in life after death. It is true that huntergatherers had lots of time on their hands but, the author is unable to convince me that they had any incentive to develop an iorn age or advanced technologies. I'm stopping at book 2 after reading the reviews by other readers.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fannar Hjálmarsson 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "sci-fi? more like rom-fi"

    listening to description of penises is not my fave in sci-fi. The lack of action is also frustrating. specialy because the first bool was so good.

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    F. McGregor 04-16-15
    F. McGregor 04-16-15
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    "Excellent narration"

    But the storyline is getting less good. The character development is weak and it's not clear what Pontus sees in Mary....

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