Progeny

Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
Series: Progeny (Perreault), Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The civilization was progressing well. It was growing and it was following the laws. Helen was following the third law to expand their knowledge and the fourth law to maintain variation in their thoughts. She started following an interesting piece of information and soon discovered a past that her civilization had forgotten. She found a past that would change everything in their society and challenge their very existence. What she was going to learn would set the stage for new life and ultimately a difficult confrontation.

©2015 Raymond J Perreault (P)2016 Raymond J Perreault

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Progeny

What was one of the most memorable moments of Progeny?

I listened to the audiobook and at at first it seemed like the narrator was very monotone. Then as the story went on I realized that the characters were supposed to sound monotone and speak very technically because they were robots. Once I came to this realization the story became much more interesting.

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Excellent short!

Very cool short story about machines discovering their origins of being created by an organic life form that had to flee their planet. I'm hoping the author has more to come in this series!

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How to shock an AI

The 4 laws of conformity have maintained a functional society for generations: 1) Continue making units; 2) Protect all units already made; 3) Expand the knowledge base; and 4) Maintain variation in thought. Helen strives to follow the last 2 laws in her scientific studies.

I quite enjoyed this tale of non-organic beings and their well-organized society. Helen and Lorenzo often join Eve and Roberto for dinner and discussion. Helen is a bit fascinated by the local DNA-based life forms, but the topic is considered a bit gauche. Nevertheless, Helen and her lab assistants (Ivan and Lorraine) want to continue their observations.

What Helen and her assistants discover is rather disturbing to not only herself, but to her society. It was pretty cool how the author had the main character discovering this long-forgotten truth and how her immediate friends and colleagues react. It’s akin to when humans started accepting that the Sun, and not Earth, was the center of the solar system. I’ve read Perreault’s SIMPOC books, but this is my favorite of his works so far. Definitely some food for thought there. What if a society developed so far and forgot their origins, only to discover them later?

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Narration: Christopher M. Allport did a good job narrating this book. His female voices were believable and his story-telling style was straight forward, letting me sink into the tale without being hung up on vocal theatrics.

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Sci fi in pure form

If you want action, this book isn't for you. Fast paced, not for you. If you want an old school pure science sci fi take, then this is for you. The narrator did well, the story was well written but just not for me. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

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Excellent

Thought provoking and very well done. It took a while to Intuit the conclusion and I am happy to say that I got it right, My thanks to the author and the narrator for a very enjoyable hour.

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Science and the Four Laws

A scientist and her team discover strange, organic creatures and try to puzzle together their origin, only to lead the reader to discoveries off their own in this S.F. short story. Ray Jay Perreault has put together a true, hard science story that would have been welcome in the golden age of SF pulp fiction. No space opera, no bug wars, no hokey religions, just a future world where survival of the fittest doesn't turn out to be quite what we'd envisioned. A great way to spend an entertaining and thought provoking hour.

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A Unique Sci-Fi short

Ray Jay Perreault is all about his own take on Science Fiction. And he is doing a great job of it. I have read and/or listened to many of his stories and so far have found all of them unique and interesting. A couple, like this one, have been completely outside of what you might expect. And so far that has been a good thing. One major caveat. Mr. Perreault is a low budget author and in general so are his narrators. Low budget means not as much editing as a higher end book might get in the writing portion (some of the written stories I have read have had poor spelling and sentence structure,) and often the narration is passable at best. But editing aside, his stories are unique (as in he is not another copy-cat Sci-Fi author) and very interesting. In my opinion, well worth any difficulties in editing or narration. Progeny, as heard here on Audible, had only one noticeable error and it was not a big deal at all. The story was well written and edited, and the narration was well done as well. Looking forward to listening to Progeny’s Children to see if the full novel of a sequel is as good.

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Outstanding!

Where does Progeny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What other book might you compare Progeny to and why?

Interstellar

Have you listened to any of Christopher M. Allport’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent. Balanced, clear, natural, accurate.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Between Progeny story and future reality, the difference is only a matter of time.

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I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

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Progeny

Christopher M Allort narrates this sci fi tale nicely.A civilization is running smoothly until a different past is discovered.What is discovered can not be un discovered.A nice twist!I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Interesting concept

Really 3.5 stars.
This was an intriguing concept for a story. I listened to the audiobook and at at first it seemed like the narrator was very monotone and bland. I wasn't sure what to think. Then as the story went on I realized that the characters were supposed to sound monotone and speak very technically because they were actually robots. Once I came to this realization the story became much more interesting for me. The narrator actually did a great job and portrayed the beings well.
The beginning was a bit slow going but I think that was because it was unclear. I wasn't sure what the beings were or what their purpose was. Once I finally got to the end and I knew what was going on I wanted to know more. It was a kind of twist on evolution and ancestry. I'm interested to see what the next installment in the series brings.

I was gifted a copy of this audiobook by the author. This is an unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.