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  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,837

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Maybe should have read Emily Dickinson instead

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-16

What disappointed you about The Humans?

It started out mildly amusing but became progressively more excruciating. When it got to the list of advice to Gulliver, i listened with mounting irritation as it went on and on and on. When it reached number 30 I opened my mouth and an expletive popped out. I nearly gave up at that point.

Has The Humans put you off other books in this genre?

Maybe not the genre but certainly the author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was okay.

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

Maybe three or four laughs in the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I bought this on the strength of its Audible reviews. Big mistake. Note to self: ALWAYS check the one star reviews on Amazon.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

spellbinding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-10

I adored this book and almost cried when it was finished, so immersed in the story had I become. Thank you, David Mitchell, and also the two excellent narrators, for a spellbinding experience.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful