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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. 

We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. 

As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain. 

At a time when the world's nations should have been coming together, they have never been more divided. With the human race teetering on the brink of total war, Rose, Vincent and Eva must choose sides. But doing the right thing might mean making the ultimate sacrifice. 

©2018 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2018 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Mr
  • 01-06-18

Disappointing ending to an excellent series

I listened to the first two books in this series and loved them, to the point i pre ordered Only Human. The expectation of a fantastic finish to the series was crushed by the disappointment that arrived instead. There has been a change of cast from the first two, and this does have an effect, with some of the replacements trying to sound like their predecessors, and it just doesn't quite work. it's like listening to a tribute band, you can appreciate what they are doing but it's not like seeing the real thing.
Coupled with the average performances, the story just makes little sense. it's painful to listen though the alien exchanges as the author has created a language that is not nice to listen to, and is then translated back by the next speaker making the whole thing pointless as well as painful.
i was genuinely looking forward to this, wanting to know what happened to the characters, but this book should not have been written. There was an ending at book 2 that could have ended it as a 2 book series, there was no need for this. Stick to book 1&2 and enjoy those for what they are, pretend this book doesn't exist and use your 8hrs doing something fun instead.

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Such a disappointment

The first two books in this series were so good it is unfortunate that the author felt this book would benefit from an insane amount of gratuitous profanity. The story itself was lacking in any development.

The performance was poor compared to the previous two and I was left wondering why Eva’s accent went from strongly Latino in the previous book to annoyingly fake Bronx. Other characters had noticeably changed and it really took away from the story.

A poor ending indeed when the previous books had been so well written and preformed.

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Yokits Terrible

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr review. I really enjoyed the first two editions of this story and the ending of the second book left it open for a third, but I’m afraid to say that it should’ve ended there.
The story is laboriously slow and is over explained leaving the listener without the sense of expectation of what can happen in fact there were sections of the story that were very predictable.
The dialogue was tough to listen to as well, It seems Eva has changed her South American origins to New Jersey and this put me right off the main character of the story.
Don’t get me started on the alien language.... it was like someone doing a poor Scandinavian accent..

I was really looking forward to this instalment and even preordered a long time ago, but it has left me a bit disappointed as there was a story to be told and the premise was there just the execution lacked something and the story suffers from this.

Shame.

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What a letdown

So far this was a trashy but interesting trilogy. Unfortunately, the finale is pretty bad and actually makes you wish you had not bothered with the first 2

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A lot of bickering not a lot to the story

The biggest junk of the book is high energy dialogues that consist of fighting, one-upping each other and condescending comments.
I liked the first two books, and maybe this time around I was just looking for something different.
I was hoping for a riveting plot and frankly some sophistication and calm from an audiobook, and sadly couldn't find it here.

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disappointing end to the series

I listened to it because I wanted to finish the series and love the characters but was disappointed with the lack luster ending

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such a shame

Book 1 and 2 were original and 5 star fantastic, I just wanted more and more!

Book 3 has almost a different storyline from the first two, and, is simply is boring. Gutted!

Couldn't finish the story

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Disappointing angle for the finale

Neuvel focusses on fatherhood for the third part of his trilogy, but delivers nothing that's not so blindingly obvious that it's already cliche. He dips his toe into a few other unteresting political themes, but offers nothing more than shallow soliloqy about unity and fear. Personally, I'd have preferred a little more time spent on the politics and intergalactic drama.

The voice acting in this instalment was also noticeably worse: especially the new guys arriving with the 2nd robot. Thankfully they don't feature for long enough to sour the whole novel, but yeesh. That yee-ha cowboy guy made me want to rip my ears off.

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Annoyingly disappointed. Painful alien dialect

What happened! Books one and two amazing. This is not.
Really struggling to finish this. Chapter 50 is insanely annoying

What a sad end to a promising new series.

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A terrible shame...

I loved books 1 and 2 but this was awful. in comparison and became unlistenable.

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  • 07-08-18

Great performance. Story not so. First two good

the first two books were good. not so this one. lacking in suspense and drama