Humans audiobook – Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2

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Status: Completed
Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Narrator: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
Series: Neanderthal Parallax
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Updated: 05/02/2024
Listening Time: Unknown
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Worlds Collide in Harmony: Humans Audiobook – A Neanderthal’s Earthly Sojourn

Embarking on the second leg of Robert J. Sawyer’s enthralling saga, Humans Audiobook, I found myself immersed in an extraordinary exchange of worlds. As a lover of the science fiction genre and an advocate for immersive storytelling, I approached this audiobook with a blend of anticipation and curiosity. With Jonathan Davis’s compelling narration and Sawyer’s own voice adding depth, Humans offered a gateway into an alternate reality that not only entertained but provoked thought about our own existence.

The narrative arc takes a significant leap from its predecessor, Hominids, where we first encountered Ponter Boddit, the Neanderthal physicist who stumbled into our world. The bond he formed with geneticist Mary Vaughan was more than a plot device; it served as a bridge between disparate civilizations. Now, reversing the journey, Mary steps through the looking glass into Ponter’s parallel universe – a realm void of many human follies.

In this utopian society where Neanderthals reign, Sawyer presents us with an unblemished mirror. Through Mary’s eyes, we observe a civilization that has skirted the pitfalls of overpopulation, environmental degradation, and societal decay – a stark contrast to our own troubled planet. It’s here that I found myself pausing frequently, allowing the weight of these observations to settle in my mind. The audiobook became less about escapism and more about introspection; what if our world adopted some of the Neanderthals’ harmonious practices?

Jonathan Davis’s narration brings this contemplative journey to life with a finesse that is both subtle and powerful. His voice conveys not just the dialogue but also the undercurrents of cultural shock and awe that Mary experiences. It’s as though Davis is not just recounting events but guiding us through an evolutionary crossroads.

The didactic tone regarding farming practices caught me off guard initially. It wasn’t merely storytelling; it was a lesson wrapped within fiction – a cautionary tale about sustainability and respect for nature. This preachy overtone might deter some listeners seeking pure escapism, yet for those willing to delve deeper, it serves as a catalyst for meaningful reflection on our ecological footprint.

As the middle installment of a trilogy often does, Humans expands upon its predecessor’s themes while setting up questions for Hybrids to answer. There is a sense of expectation woven throughout the narrative – an anticipation that perhaps humanity can learn from these gentle giants who walk so lightly upon their Earth.

Closing this chapter of the audiobook left me with lingering thoughts on what it means to be human in relation to our environment and each other. Sawyer has sculpted characters who act as conduits for this exploration – beings who are simultaneously alien and relatable.

For those eager to venture into this interdimensional dialogue, Humans Audiobook awaits at – ready to whisk you away into an introspective odyssey at no cost.

As I look forward to completing this trilogy with Hybrids, I am reminded that great science fiction not only entertains but also holds up a mirror to our society – asking us not just to look but to see beyond our reflections. Happy listening to all who join in on these storyscapes – may your journey be as enlightening as it is enjoyable.

With ears open to new worlds,


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