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Hominids Audiobook

Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn't eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.

Hunt and gather: listen to more in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.

©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2003

"Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." (The New York Times)

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    Jennifer 02-20-14
    Jennifer 02-20-14
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    "I feel like I'm reading a childrens book..."
    What would have made Hominids better?

    Said Ponter, said Adicore, said Ponter, said Adicore.. and the simplest of language.

    Either act the reading or read it please! The laid back tone of the reader during intense moments helps make the already simple and barely descriptive writing even less believable. The sudden acting in a few places and not others is frustrating.
    The characters are simple, plastic, so surface, no depth of human experience expressed here.

    Maybe its because I just finished the Game of Thrones series, searingly written, and masterfully read.

    It was painful enough that I only got 1.5 hours through - maybe it became incredible and rich but I couldn't stand it any longer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performances?

    no


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    Thomas 02-18-14
    Thomas 02-18-14
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    "I enjoyed this book!"
    What did you love best about Hominids?

    I really liked the wide variety of characters and viewpoints. Canada was an interesting setting choice. I cared about the characters and I thought the science was neat too.


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    julienne 01-24-14
    julienne 01-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting, but enh"

    This is an interesting concept, but I wouldn't read this again, and I'm not recommending it to anyone I know. Sawyer spends too much time preaching about how his version of neanderthal utopia is superior, and every one of these repetitious little sermons interrupts the narrative and takes the reader right out of the story. On top of that, most of the characters are completely flat and static. With only three or so well developed characters, the plots seem contrived, and those three are the only ones who are affected by the story. Everyone else is robots. It's as if Sawyer had this thought--hey, what if it's a belief in an afterlife that makes society suck--and instead of taking the time to explore that, he tried to write a persuasive essay in the form of a story. There are better speculative fiction explorations of why society is flawed, and I don't see enough original, compelling content to make this a better choice than the others.

    Also, heads up: if you were taught to pronounce neanderthal like -tall, then prepare to cringe every time the reader says it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Tulsa, OK, United States 02-11-13
    David Tulsa, OK, United States 02-11-13

    Arts & Sciences is what I am about. I have no talent for business. I am an amateur photographer with contest wins and places. Work in a hospital lab. Married 41 years.

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    "A skilled author produces a gem."
    What did you love best about Hominids?

    The characters were well drawn. The story line was very satisfying. There were no dead spots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story back on Neanderthal earth was quite dramatic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Then Ponder crashed the trial.


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

    Be ware your assumptions.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no evidence that Neanderthals had pet dogs.

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    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13
    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "All 3 books- Oddly Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a thought provoking trilogy with original refreshing characters intermingled with believable scientific imagination stirred with the right amount of human behavior and a little romance. A challenging story line that really works. When is the movie coming out?

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    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12
    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 07-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Super interesting story"
    Where does Hominids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hominids?

    When the time wall is breached


    What does Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotional weight


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A story out of the ordinary. You have to like Sci Fi

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 12-26-11
    Jerry 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Hominids?

    I like 'realistic' scifi and once you accept the basic premise this was well thought our and very interesting.


    What other book might you compare Hominids to and why?

    Stirlings Islands in the Sea of Time series


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-18-11
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Lightweight Work of Science Fiction"

    An interesting sci-fi idea - Humans reaching ascendancy in one universe (ours), and the Neanderthal species reaching ascendancy in an alternate universe, and a quantum experiment gone awry creating a momentary link between the two. All of the "science" in the book seems well thought-out and reasonably below the threshold of suspended disbelief required of a sci-fi reader. The plot, however, not so much. I found it simply unbelievable that should a living neanderthal specimen be found, the government, law enforcement, various scientific administrative bodies, and the media would react as they do in this story. That the discovering scientists would simply be driving the Neanderthal around and housing him in their home, without a government response similar to the final scenes of E.T., seems to me to be WAY ABOVE a reasonable suspended-disbelief threshold. Also, I don't go to escapist sci-fi alternate universe novels to have to read about women dealing with rape. A worthwhile subject to write about, but not in a sci-fi novel about quantum connections to alternate universes - especially since there's no insight about rape itself. It happens in the Neanderthal world too. That's it. So too, apparently, do homosexual relationships. Another aspect of the story that seemed out of place, and hard to believe or even imagine. Perhaps universal periodic homosexuality is a solution to whatever problems/difficulties there are in typical heterosexual relationships, but it too seems WAY ABOVE a reasonable suspended-disbelief threshold. You get the sense the author is trying to make some sort of socially relevant point. I suspect this book would do well if promoted by Oprah, but I couldn't recommend it for fans of hard science fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
    Barbara Harker Heights, TX, USA 06-22-10
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    "Enjoyed"

    I purchased the first this book and right away downloaded the two follow up books. They were very interesting. Not a concept I had thought about before. Would love to see a 4th book in this series.

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    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10
    Shawna Medford, OR United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect for Sci Fi Fans"

    This entire series is a must for sci fi fans. Smart, fast paced, integrated - I wish there were more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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