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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. 

We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. 

As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain. 

At a time when the world's nations should have been coming together, they have never been more divided. With the human race teetering on the brink of total war, Rose, Vincent and Eva must choose sides. But doing the right thing might mean making the ultimate sacrifice. 

©2018 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2018 Penguin AudioBooks

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Great performance. Story not so. First two good

the first two books were good. not so this one. lacking in suspense and drama

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  • Mr
  • 06-01-18

Disappointing ending to an excellent series

I listened to the first two books in this series and loved them, to the point i pre ordered Only Human. The expectation of a fantastic finish to the series was crushed by the disappointment that arrived instead. There has been a change of cast from the first two, and this does have an effect, with some of the replacements trying to sound like their predecessors, and it just doesn't quite work. it's like listening to a tribute band, you can appreciate what they are doing but it's not like seeing the real thing.
Coupled with the average performances, the story just makes little sense. it's painful to listen though the alien exchanges as the author has created a language that is not nice to listen to, and is then translated back by the next speaker making the whole thing pointless as well as painful.
i was genuinely looking forward to this, wanting to know what happened to the characters, but this book should not have been written. There was an ending at book 2 that could have ended it as a 2 book series, there was no need for this. Stick to book 1&2 and enjoy those for what they are, pretend this book doesn't exist and use your 8hrs doing something fun instead.

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  • Emma Lynne Anderson
  • 05-23-18

Such a disappointment

The first two books in this series were so good it is unfortunate that the author felt this book would benefit from an insane amount of gratuitous profanity. The story itself was lacking in any development.

The performance was poor compared to the previous two and I was left wondering why Eva’s accent went from strongly Latino in the previous book to annoyingly fake Bronx. Other characters had noticeably changed and it really took away from the story.

A poor ending indeed when the previous books had been so well written and preformed.

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  • sunburntcheeks
  • 05-17-18

Disappointing end to the series

Wish it had ended with book 2. The first two books had a story and a plot, this one is just plot :/

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  • Fiona
  • 05-14-18

Gripping end of trilogy

This was a great finish to the trilogy, possibly even my favourite out of the three books. The ending felt right leaving the story at a satisfying point

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  • Misspelt
  • 05-13-18

A great finish!

I was a little sceptical of having all those narrators but it worked great. There's large robot fighting, conventional warfare, an armed uprising, aliens, politics, a toy store, a weird Russian and aliens (again).

The ending fits the story. It covers the time line and introduces some very interesting new characters.

As alien stories go this is a must listen/read. As any story, this is a must!

Give all three a try, you shouldn't be disappointed with them.

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  • Jenny
  • 05-13-18

End of an Era

I LOVED this trilogy and am sad it's over. It's a wonderful, compelling, satisfying and highly intelligent piece of sci-fi. I recommend you start at Book 1 and don't stop. I wish there was another.

Mr Burns and 'our friend' - amazing characters.

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  • Kamal
  • 05-13-18

5 star ending to a 5 start series.

First things first, this book (of the series) is BLOODY BRILLIANT.
It’s well thought out, brilliantly written and had a solid story and a solid ending. If you’re a fan of the first two books then this one will be the cherry on top of the cake.

Some new characters and 1 of them (Catherine) is someone I think people will enjoy. She’s a bit like a cute version of ‘our friend’.

Cannot recommend this series enough.

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  • C. PEART
  • 05-08-18

I guess it had to end somewhere

I have been such a huge promoter of this series, even before book 3 came out. I'm not sure where to go with this. I guess the story is what it is and the voice acting can also take you out of the story, I still enjoyed the characters.... But "Eva, a girl that grew up on Puerto Rico for half her life and then on another planet, having a New York accent, really started to gripe on me every time she spoke, and then the Aliens sound like a Speak & Spell. I guess this was the Matrix 3 of the story, although this didn't really feel like I had closure on the characters I cared about... In all honesty, it felt like a Twin Peaks episode.

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  • Mrs. C. Faulkner
  • 05-14-18

This is awful

Having listened to the first 2 books in this series I was keen to listen to this third dramatized episode. In short, it's bloody awful! Really irritating characters that sound like a cross between a bad school play and Bill & Ben the Flower Pot Men. I tried but in the end, it was irritating me so much I gave up and will try and send it back for credit.

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  • Jamie Churchward
  • 09-06-18

Yokits Terrible

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr review. I really enjoyed the first two editions of this story and the ending of the second book left it open for a third, but I’m afraid to say that it should’ve ended there.
The story is laboriously slow and is over explained leaving the listener without the sense of expectation of what can happen in fact there were sections of the story that were very predictable.
The dialogue was tough to listen to as well, It seems Eva has changed her South American origins to New Jersey and this put me right off the main character of the story.
Don’t get me started on the alien language.... it was like someone doing a poor Scandinavian accent..

I was really looking forward to this instalment and even preordered a long time ago, but it has left me a bit disappointed as there was a story to be told and the premise was there just the execution lacked something and the story suffers from this.

Shame.

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  • Lauren Stone
  • 06-09-18

Some performances were irritating beyond belief

I’ve enjoyed this series. Unusual storyline, some great characters and some quality voice performances.

But this third book was bizarre.

- One of the protagonists had a Puerto Rican accent in Book 2 then a false Jersey accent in Book 3 for no apparent reason. Plus she used made-up ‘alien’ curse words that were tedious and felt forced.
- An antagonist female (supposedly a high ranking Russian military enforcer) used the most grating nauseously facetious, singsong, mocking voice constantly that made me want to punch the my device.
- An entire chapter was read in a computerised alien voice (imagine a 5 year old doing robot arms and saying “su-ren-der hu-mans”) so hit the skip button repeatedly.

Unless this book gets re-recorded, I’d suggest you find another read.

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  • David
  • 07-07-18

entire series ruined by a single character

Major Catherine Lebedev ruined the entire series for me. Couldn't even finish this book because of her. Voice actors are universally brilliant, but my god. I wanted to smash my phone after 30 seconds of her lines. Awful.

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  • Anneli
  • 06-14-18

i cried when it finished

Yes, read the other 2 and enjoy the final. Enjoy a book that inspires your brain to THINK about life differently. Thank you

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  • Katrina
  • 05-31-18

I love the Themis Files 💙

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. In multiple languages. This series is creative, exciting and thoughtful. A great read and/or listen. Thank you Sylvain xx

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  • Craig
  • 05-23-18

Great three book production.

Multiple voice actors lends itself well to the storyline. This whole trilogy is worth the credit or buy in cost

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-18

Compelling series in a unique style.

Loved the entire series! A compelling story in a unique 'report' style, akin to World War Z. I hope Hollywood doesn't screw up the movie version.