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Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer reveals the "secret history" of The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
©2003 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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"The genre's northern star - in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere." (Maclean's)
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By dissipatedfog on 08-30-08

Hated it!

I liked the first book in this series a lot. The second one wasn't as good, but I still liked it. I was hoping that this book would redeem the second, but I thought it was terrible! I had to make myself finish it. There are so many things that were bad it's hard to know where to begin and I certainly can't list them all. The main female character, Mary, is often unreasonably bitchy and childish while the main male character (a neanderthal) is always calming her and being understanding of her petulance- it makes them both kind of boring. The writing was weak, there was hardly any character development. Well, we do learn that Mary seems to be quite the Star Trek devotee, several times connecting something in the story with a Star Trek episode - she knew the names of guest stars and who had directed. Perhaps Mr. Sawyer needed some filler and so he took from his own fanatical knowledge? According to the book, Americans are repugnant, there aren't very many American characters and none of them are good people. Throughout the series neaderthals are portrayed as having taken much better care of their world while we "gliksins" have ruined ours, which we have, no arguement there. But at one point the author compares neanderthals to Canadians and gliksins to Americans. Ok I get it, he hates Americans. Next sentence contains a spoiler: He also doesn't seem too keen on men (homo sapiens that is), so it's no surprise that the big villain in the book is an American male. Lazy, boring writing and I didn't like the narration either. Too bad, it started out as such a promising series.

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By alsonot on 03-13-13

The worst book in 4 years of Audible.com

Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ?

Before this book, and to some degree before this series in general, I'd have said yes. I like some of their other books, but this was simply terrible. It fails in so many ways.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Which scene was your favorite?

Sigh... there were some OK parts, sections of the book that touch on science fiction. It all seems so forced though; those parts of the book were contrived and inexpertly jammed into a very bad story arc. It makes even the better scene's somehow feel outside the story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not much.

Any additional comments?

So disappointing; I'm not so much bitter, but just incredibly disappointed. This really isn't worth your time. This is the first negative review I've written in over 100+ books.

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By Colin on 12-02-13

Overall a let down

What disappointed you about Hybrids?

So as this is the final in the Hybrids series I was really disappointed in this. The main thing that got me was the change in the main character Mary Vaughan. She changed for this open scientific minded person to this judgemental person. Simple examples are how she wanted her views to be taken as fact by Ponter which looking down on his life style. I felt this was only written to give extra pages to the book and this simply didn't fit into what I had learnt about the characters over the 2 pervious books. Sadly this really made the book impossible to connect with. I found the first 2 great works and would have been happier if I had left it there.<br/><br/>I do still recommend books 1 and 2. This was sadly I can not

Have you listened to any of Robert J. Sawyer and Jonathan Davis ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I found that other Robert J. Sawyer books where better. Books one and two of this series are great and the WWW series is a huge highlight

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment in the sudden changes in the characters just to fill the pages as it didn't feel true to what I had learnt of them

Any additional comments?

Great performance by the cast, let down by the writing

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