Humans : Neanderthal Parallax

  • by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Series: Neanderthal Parallax
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation. The Neanderthals have developed a highly artistic, ethical, and scientific culture without ever inventing farming - they're still hunters and gatherers - and this allows the author to make some interesting and generally unrecognized points about the downside of the discovery of agriculture.BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why one particular chapter of Humans is his very favorite.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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Humans Bad Neanderthal Good

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The first book was better. This book the author decided the political statement was more important than the story. Thus everything Neanderthal is good and everything Human is bad. We ruined the planet, we are violent and constantly at war while the Neanderthal has done away with violence and war. Of course they have no privacy because their every move and even thought is recorded and stored in the alibi archive for the government to use against the Neanderthal if something happens.

So take you pick our over crowded, violent, dirty world with no mamoths and free will and privacy, or theirs in which everyone is in tune with nature, resources are plentify, violence has been bred out of the population and your every move is monitored by the government.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It is clear that the author intended to write another book. The ending is left hanging.


Do you think Humans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Obviously it needs one to close up all the loose ends.


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- UncleHammy

Entertaining AND Educational!

I've always been interested in Evolution and have enjoyed fiction focusing on Neanderthals and our relationship with them way back when. I really debated whether or not to take a chance on these books (I'm half way thru the 2nd book, Humans, as I type) and I'm so glad I did. I love the actual science and feel like I'm learning so much. I love the characters too. Ponter and Mary are carrying the story so well. This idea of what could have happened or might still happen has me "thinking" so much about religion and politics and life in general. I love it when a book makes me think like this. Can't wait to finish Humans and then start on Hybrid. This author, Mr. Sawyer, must be one fascinating MIND.
Bottom line is... Go for it! Take a chance. Not many will regret the opportunity to think outside the box. It's really a treat to be so entertained while learning so much.
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- Jho

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios