BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer reveals the "secret history" of The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
Hunt and gather: listen to more in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
©2003 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"The genre's northern star - in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere." (Maclean's)
This series just got worse from the start. 1 and 2 were pretty good, this one I had to force myself through (wanted to resolve the open threads). Unless you like sappy romance and equally sappy dialogue, steer clear.
I don't blame the author for referencing Bill Cosby as a good man - that was just unlucky timing - but trying to give a redemptive third act to one of the characters was weird and ruined the book for me.
I really enjoyed how the author didn't just give us great Syfy but also added a realistic feel to how both sides react. When faced with new situations that are not understood, people react in very different way.
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.
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