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Progeny's Children Audiobook

Progeny's Children

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Humans were forced to leave Earth when the pollution became a threat. Mankind could no longer live on the planet. They traveled 189 light years to their new home they named Horizon. When they left Earth they abandoned much and over the years they grew, developed, and matured. A long time in humanities' future they returned to Earth and found something else living there.

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

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    jey cee 12-09-16
    jey cee 12-09-16
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    "Progeny's children"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story was great and took a few twists and turns with some surprises, both good and evil. The author combined two of his previous short stories into this full length book. Great scifi book


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Colorado 11-27-16
    Terri Colorado 11-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Politicians!! Grrrrr"

    I know this is supposed to be a review about the wonderful story, Progeny's Children written by the talented Ray Jay Perreault and narrated by Christopher M. Allport....BUT I first need to rant a bit about the deep emotions this book has brought to the forefront. There is a lot of good about humankind.... BUT there is also a lot of hate, bigotry and fear. Sadly those ruled by the latter are why visiting aliens are going to wipe out the human race, unless unlike some humans and more like the wonderful US and THEM in this book they take a step back and realize that all types of beings are worth saving, even humans.

    Now onto the book. The story was wonderful and definitely took a few twists and turns thus providing some surprises, both good and evil. Perreault combined two of his previous short stories into this full length book brilliantly, "Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved" and "Progeny". That being said I feel that certain details of the various issues were repeated a few too many times when new discussion on that issue was to be undertaken. Also the production decision to put a beep at the end of a scene was a bit annoying, the pauses in the vocals was plenty of notice that the scene was changing. These were minor issues and did not detract from the overall appeal of the book.

    Christopher M. Allport has some tempo and vocal qualities similar to Wil Wheaton who I am very familiar with and definitely appreciate. I also hear bits of sarcasm in Allport’s manner that as always appeals to my inner snark.

    I am so appreciative to have been given a copy of this book for review and I look forward to future work from the author and narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Composites expert 11-06-16
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    "Not Real? Not for long..."
    If you could sum up Progeny's Children in three words, what would they be?

    New reality coming.


    What other book might you compare Progeny's Children to and why?

    Interstellar


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

    As usual -- excellent!


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

    Just wait...it will happen.


    Any additional comments?

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bookaholic536 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting premise, written robotically"

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

    This book had an intriguing premise - what happens when humanity forsakes Earth for another planet, after making their own planet unlivable, and returns centuries later to reclaim their planet only to find it isn't empty?

    This should have been an extremely interesting book, but I had a number of issues with it.

    !) It portrayed humanity as totally monolithic in viewpoint and purpose. After 1300 years, a millennium on a new and welcoming planet called Horizon, their only goal is a return to Earth as soon as possible. The idea that any large group of humans could maintain such a monomania for a decade, much less a millennium, is completely preposterous.
    2) When met with evidence of the Earth being populated by others, the Horizon government officials don't even bother to report it to the people who will be returning as colonists,
    3) The most fully fleshed character in the book is a sentient robot, who is also the only character who shows growth.
    4) The author uses repeated phrases and redundant explanations to give the reader very little information about either civilization and does it in a manner that would have been appropriate for a dry history textbook, not a Sci-Fi novel. The book seemed to go on forever, without saying much of anything.
    5) The ending was abrupt and without any real explanation. The immediate crisis was solved by a Deus ex Machina plot and no effort is made to give us any idea how the long term issues will be dealt with.
    6) The narrator delivered the story in a perfectly robotic style that went well with a textbook but did not enhance what should have been a novel.

    I listened to the whole audiobook, hoping that the style would improve, but it didn't. In two sentences the author used the word "celebration" 6 times. At one point, a character repeated a complete conversation that had just happened in the book to another character, rather than the author saying "the Commander told his daughter what had been said".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Royal Oak, MI, United States 01-15-17
    Patrick Royal Oak, MI, United States 01-15-17
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    "Weak in every way"
    Would you try another book from Ray Jay Perreault and/or Christopher M. Allport?

    Not likely


    Has Progeny's Children turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more experienced narrator, but then that would have been wasted on a very bad story. Even J. Lee could not have made this palatable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Progeny's Children?

    Hard to decide which was worse. A more effective question would have been what scenes would I have retained.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because it was highly rated and I was in need of something new. While it is a given that Science fiction requires that the reader suspend disbelief in things like faster than light travel, Time travel etcetera. I found the story monotonous, repeatedly restating the same and what from both the characters and the reads viewpoint are obvious. The dialog is therefore tedious and completely unrealistic. Among the worst I have found. The story’s characters are either incompetent or completely lacking in forethought. That an expedition back to earth would not prepare by reviewing even the most obvious scenarios. That upon return the leader of a planet would not allow for bad news to be shared before publicly making broad statements of forthcoming actions make the story one dimensional.
    In short, the writer provided a lazy effort, the narration was amateurish and the story without congruency.
    I could not have been more disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just okay"

    Book and narrator were just okay.

    - - Gifted copy for review on audioblast - -

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Mahoney 11-29-16
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    "Unique Scifi Adventure"
    What did you love best about Progeny's Children?

    I like the fact that there were no absolute good or evils in this story. It was truly unique in that aspect. In most scifi. There is the truly good and the truly evil. Here there were many shades of gray and it was for the reader to decide who to root for in the story and decide where their own moral compass would point them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the changing points of view from the robots, to the created humans, to the humans who left earth it made for a great weaving story-line.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher M. Allport?

    Yes Mr. Allport created a nice world. He has a rich voice that brought the world to life with a great depth and fullness.


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

    I did not have and extreme reaction. But I did feel anger when the Prime Minister killed the Robots and the Other organics with complete disdain. I wished someone would lead a coup and kill her or overthrow her.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JMC 11-20-16
    JMC 11-20-16
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    "Great thought-provoking novel!"
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    Although this is considered science fiction, it brings to light a frightening possibility of what could happen to us if we continue to pollute the earth. The narrator Christopher M. Allport did an excellent job and brought the story to life. I loved how he gave each character a different voice and was able to show the emotions each character was feeling. The story was excellent and I couldn't stop listening.

    Regarding what the reviewer below said:
    -It is pretty obvious that the “sound markers” are tones that are being used for scene breaks, not editing issues. If he had listened to more than 10% of the book he would have realized that.
    -The bacteria plot line is actually a serious concern in a closed environment. There is a lot of research that shows that bacteria communicate with each other, share DNA to mutate and create resistance, and modify their environments to ensure survival. (I am a physician with an extensive education in microbiology and bacterial infections, so I know a lot about this issue).

    Overall I highly recommend this audiobook for it's superb narration and audio production and the excellent writing and storyline.

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I really enjoyed Progeny and Circle is Closed so I was very eager to listen to this! The author combined the two short stories in to one much greater story! I absolutely loved it. The humans in the story made Earth uninhabitable and left the planet. The robots that were left behind evolved into sentient beings and formed a society. 1300 years later, the humans return to their former home. As in real life, some humans are a**holes! Luckily not all of humanity is like that. Excellent narration by Christopher M. Allport.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Dearing 04-26-17
    Tim Dearing 04-26-17
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    "Great story, well read"

    This story was very enjoyable and left the reader with a lot to think about.
    It is good to find an original story and I would recommend this as a great read

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  • Norma Miles
    12/31/16
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    "To know where we're going we must know where we ca"
    Any additional comments?

    Expanded from two earlier shorter stories, Progeny's Children recounts the evolution of what is left behind on earth when it's human survivors abandoned the planet they had rendered uninhabitable and what happens when their descendants return.

    The production is excellent, and Christopher Allport is able to convey robotic voices without becoming unpleasant to the ear then, seamlessly switch to more human dialogue. No easy task, and he makes the futuristic world feel much more realistic because of it.
    This is an excellent story, thought provoking and exciting without constant confrontation of a military type. It looks into the nature of society and upbringing and changes that could be made for the better of humankind.

    My one major criticism is the over use of repetition in explaining parts of what has gone before, especially as I tend to listen to books over several consecutive hours. However, even this could be helpful if heard in short bursts.

    Ray Jay Perrault is a modern classic-style science fiction writer of great talent and insight. All of his stories are well worth reading and this Audible production enhances the already absorbing and enjoyable book.

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