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
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.
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
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.
"Not Real? Not for long..."
New reality coming.
As usual -- excellent!
Just wait...it will happen.
I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.
Book and narrator were just okay.
- - Gifted copy for review on audioblast - -
"Unique Scifi Adventure"
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.
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.
Yes Mr. Allport created a nice world. He has a rich voice that brought the world to life with a great depth and fullness.
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.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
"Great thought-provoking novel!"
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.
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.
"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
"A Really Enjoyable Story."
I love a good Sci Fi story, and this is definitely good. Mr. Allport does
an amazing job with both the human and the robot voices. I really
enjoyed listening to it. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
"Thought provoking sci-fi story"
This is an interesting and thought-provoking sci-fi story of political deception, human aggression, discrimination and moral dilemmas. This combination of his two short stories, Progeny and the Circle is Closed, has made for an excellent story. The author melded them together to give us a great story where humans left a dying planet and traveled to a new world, only to return to a healed Earth many centuries later. To their surprise, they find a society of salient robots, the Us, and even more shockingly, a race of humans, the Them, created by those robots from DNA samples found hidden in another primitive humanoid type race. The narrator did a good job with this story; his tone and pace gave you the feel of robots but at the same time he managed to add individuality to the Us. Allport made the humans seem more animated than the Us, illustrating the differences well. I loved the contrast of attitudes in this story; from the Prime Ministers entitled, superiority, the all-inclusiveness and logic of the Us, the fear of the unknown and sheep-like following shown by the majority of the arriving humans, the open acceptance and intellect of the Them, and the slow rebellion against injustice by the Captain and others. It is not a simple story of good vs evil but rather one of the ability to see beyond one's prejudices, to act for justice and be willing to try to understand and accept that all forms of life have worth.
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