Neanderthal Parallax
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  • 1
    Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1 | Robert J. Sawyer

    Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature

    I found the book fast paced, well narrated and well edited. Some complain of the politics and religion but this is literature. Since we can't discus..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 10 2009 by Scott (Roseville, CA, United States)
  • 2
    Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2 | Robert J. Sawyer

    Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    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.

    Missed the Mark

    Sadly Mr. Sawyer completely misunderstood what made volume one of his series excellent. I say sadly because volume one did not try to feed opinions d..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 28 2009 by Guillermo (Rochester Hills, MI, United States)
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    Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3 | Robert J. Sawyer

    Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    Hated it!

    I liked the first book in this series a lot. The second one wasn't as good, but I still liked it. I was hoping that this book would redeem the second,..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 30 2008 by dissipatedfog (San Francisco, CA)