Humans were forced to leave Earth when the pollution became a threat. Mankind could no longer live on the planet. They traveled 189 light years to their new home they named Horizon. When they left Earth they abandoned much and over the years they grew, developed, and matured. A long time in humanities' future they returned to Earth and found something else living there.
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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
I know this is supposed to be a review about the wonderful story, Progeny's Children written by the talented Ray Jay Perreault and narrated by Christopher M. Allport....BUT I first need to rant a bit about the deep emotions this book has brought to the forefront. There is a lot of good about humankind.... BUT there is also a lot of hate, bigotry and fear. Sadly those ruled by the latter are why visiting aliens are going to wipe out the human race, unless unlike some humans and more like the wonderful US and THEM in this book they take a step back and realize that all types of beings are worth saving, even humans.
Now onto the book. The story was wonderful and definitely took a few twists and turns thus providing some surprises, both good and evil. Perreault combined two of his previous short stories into this full length book brilliantly, "Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved" and "Progeny". That being said I feel that certain details of the various issues were repeated a few too many times when new discussion on that issue was to be undertaken. Also the production decision to put a beep at the end of a scene was a bit annoying, the pauses in the vocals was plenty of notice that the scene was changing. These were minor issues and did not detract from the overall appeal of the book.
Christopher M. Allport has some tempo and vocal qualities similar to Wil Wheaton who I am very familiar with and definitely appreciate. I also hear bits of sarcasm in Allport’s manner that as always appeals to my inner snark.
I am so appreciative to have been given a copy of this book for review and I look forward to future work from the author and narrator.
New reality coming.
As usual -- excellent!
Just wait...it will happen.
I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.
The story was great and took a few twists and turns with some surprises, both good and evil. The author combined two of his previous short stories into this full length book. Great scifi book
Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.
I like the fact that there were no absolute good or evils in this story. It was truly unique in that aspect. In most scifi. There is the truly good and the truly evil. Here there were many shades of gray and it was for the reader to decide who to root for in the story and decide where their own moral compass would point them.
I really liked the changing points of view from the robots, to the created humans, to the humans who left earth it made for a great weaving story-line.
Yes Mr. Allport created a nice world. He has a rich voice that brought the world to life with a great depth and fullness.
I did not have and extreme reaction. But I did feel anger when the Prime Minister killed the Robots and the Other organics with complete disdain. I wished someone would lead a coup and kill her or overthrow her.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
Although this is considered science fiction, it brings to light a frightening possibility of what could happen to us if we continue to pollute the earth. The narrator Christopher M. Allport did an excellent job and brought the story to life. I loved how he gave each character a different voice and was able to show the emotions each character was feeling. The story was excellent and I couldn't stop listening.
Regarding what the reviewer below said:
-It is pretty obvious that the “sound markers” are tones that are being used for scene breaks, not editing issues. If he had listened to more than 10% of the book he would have realized that.
-The bacteria plot line is actually a serious concern in a closed environment. There is a lot of research that shows that bacteria communicate with each other, share DNA to mutate and create resistance, and modify their environments to ensure survival. (I am a physician with an extensive education in microbiology and bacterial infections, so I know a lot about this issue).
Overall I highly recommend this audiobook for it's superb narration and audio production and the excellent writing and storyline.
I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
I really enjoyed Progeny and Circle is Closed so I was very eager to listen to this! The author combined the two short stories in to one much greater story! I absolutely loved it. The humans in the story made Earth uninhabitable and left the planet. The robots that were left behind evolved into sentient beings and formed a society. 1300 years later, the humans return to their former home. As in real life, some humans are a**holes! Luckily not all of humanity is like that. Excellent narration by Christopher M. Allport.
Couldn't put it down. An amazing articulation of the need to respect different but equally valid versions of humanity and morality. How applicable to America's current political situation is the lesson of respect for all, and the obligation to remove amoral leadership. The science, space travel, communications, computer tech and robotics are all totally believable and Perreault's writing easily evokes amazing graphic images. The narration is a dramatic performance in itself. Male, female and adolescent humans, male, female and adolescent robots, radio calls, plus the narrator, all the voices with appropriate emotion, leadership, dominance, subordination and affectation, all from the same reader. Just wow! Anyone with an ounce of imagination and a good moral core will love this book. Amazing job.
A more experienced narrator, but then that would have been wasted on a very bad story. Even J. Lee could not have made this palatable.
Hard to decide which was worse. A more effective question would have been what scenes would I have retained.
I bought this book because it was highly rated and I was in need of something new. While it is a given that Science fiction requires that the reader suspend disbelief in things like faster than light travel, Time travel etcetera. I found the story monotonous, repeatedly restating the same and what from both the characters and the reads viewpoint are obvious. The dialog is therefore tedious and completely unrealistic. Among the worst I have found. The story’s characters are either incompetent or completely lacking in forethought. That an expedition back to earth would not prepare by reviewing even the most obvious scenarios. That upon return the leader of a planet would not allow for bad news to be shared before publicly making broad statements of forthcoming actions make the story one dimensional.
In short, the writer provided a lazy effort, the narration was amateurish and the story without congruency.
I could not have been more disappointed.
The Epilogue mentions that this is the combination of two seperate stories, but I don't think this works out very well.
Did not like it.
What about the microbes? They were such a big thing in the very beginning of the story. People couldn't go between space ships because of the fear of different microbes, but then people return to Earth a few thousand years later and suddenly that whole plotpoint isn't even mentioned anymore...
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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Expanded from two earlier shorter stories, Progeny's Children recounts the evolution of what is left behind on earth when it's human survivors abandoned the planet they had rendered uninhabitable and what happens when their descendants return.
The production is excellent, and Christopher Allport is able to convey robotic voices without becoming unpleasant to the ear then, seamlessly switch to more human dialogue. No easy task, and he makes the futuristic world feel much more realistic because of it.
This is an excellent story, thought provoking and exciting without constant confrontation of a military type. It looks into the nature of society and upbringing and changes that could be made for the better of humankind.
My one major criticism is the over use of repetition in explaining parts of what has gone before, especially as I tend to listen to books over several consecutive hours. However, even this could be helpful if heard in short bursts.
Ray Jay Perrault is a modern classic-style science fiction writer of great talent and insight. All of his stories are well worth reading and this Audible production enhances the already absorbing and enjoyable book.
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