- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 2, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D66Q6NK
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The Humans: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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The story itself is a beautiful rendering of one finding one's place in this world and learning what is truly important in the time that we have on this planet. I came away from this Having learned new things and very introspective. And I also bought some of Emily Dickinson's poems and I'm glad I did.
I think that this book would appeal to anybody who enjoys a thoughtful book that doesn't just tell a story it also adds to your own. I highly recommend it and I'm very glad that I read it.
A fish out of water kind of story, but its reflection on Humans and all their strange characteristics was so humorous and bittersweet that I fell in love with it.
The Humans is narrated by an alien as an account of human condition. It’s wry, humorous, puzzling, and negative at first. The alien is sent to Earth to kill Professor Andrew Martin, who made a discovery that will advance human race to the level that humans won’t be able to handle-no aging, no illnesses-and will wreck everything around them as a result, highly intelligent aliens including. They can’t afford it. They must stop it. They must destroy the information, and, of course, since information lives in people’s heads, they must kill people. He must kill people. He takes on a shape of Andrew Martin. And this is when the fun starts. He, Andrew now, has no concept of clothing or why one should be clothed, he doesn’t know English and has to learn it, fast, by reading Cosmopolitan, he is appalled by static buildings that don’t move for some reason, and he hates the feeling of rain on his skin. Oh, of course, he has a wife and a son, and he must face them soon. And, well, the rest you’ll have to read for yourself. You will laugh and cry and love this book. Guaranteed.
As I began "The Humans" I was puzzled as to how it was going to evolve into a crime fiction story; by the time I finished it, I was still puzzled. Because if this book belongs anywhere other than general fiction it might be categorized as scifi. I would like to hear the Edgar people's response. I don't think that it is a spoiler for me to comment that that are at least 4 killings in the story, and if you think about it, what really differentiates a book as crime fiction is the investigation of a crime, and there is no criminal investigation in this story. This is particularly true when one of the killings is only reported as "he's dead", i.e., the act of his killing is not central to the story. I have not read a lot of scifi, but I would imagine that there is a significant number of stories where characters are murdered, yet the book is still obviously scifi and not crime fiction. So why is this nominated for an Edgar?