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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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Changes is cast

The story is a bit different than the other two but quite enjoyable, and I liked it though the end was a little bit too happy for me. I would rather read a bittersweet ending.
Unfortunately, they changed the voice actress that does Eva's character... And it was not a good idea. The first actress had a Puerto Rican accent, but this one... Well, I don't know much about accents of the English language, but she says 'u' instead of 'r' - it makes no sense at all, why she would pick this accent in the context of the book?!

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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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  • Elle Love Mcluskey
  • 05-18-18

loved it!!!

a brilliant story! hope to read more from this author. one of the best stories I've ever read and great performances!

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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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  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Mara
  • 11-16-18

Amazing trilogy!

I can't express how satisfied I am with the book! It is just amazing. And I have a feeling the author has left a chance open to continue with another story in the same universe. I would love that!

I had a pause before I could listen to the last book in the trilogy, so I don't have any problems with any narrators. They were all so amazing! They are real actors! They play the book, not read it!

And the new character Catherine - I love her! 😂

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  • Mark Butler
  • 09-27-18

A good finish, but was hoping for more.

I was surprised with the direction the story took and was devastated with one plot twist. One that could have meant a dull remainder of the story. But other plot lines and characters kept it going. Overall the politics are a bit trite and not really believable; it is just a mechanism to frame and allow the movement of the main story line so perhaps we should forgive that. I guess if you have gotten this far, you know it not really supposed to be deep, but more an adventure story. So if action and plot was what was expected then the main theme, 'Only Human', IE making the story all about the human condition then seems a bit out of place. A good wrap up and overall I was very happy and will recommend to the right type of SF reader.

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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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  • K Fletcher
  • 11-15-18

Great. Kind of like a podcast with some swearing

I quite enjoyed this last of a unique trilogy. It was almost like listening to a podcast with the interview format. Excellent characters with some very unusual accents. Warning lots of swearing if listening with children.

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  • Simon
  • 09-25-18

not the best

good but not great the other two books are better. still worth a look though

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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.