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Astropithecus

Written by: George Saoulidis
Narrated by: Ralph Scott
Length: 18 mins

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Publisher's Summary

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing.

©2018 George Saoulidis (P)2018 George Saoulidis

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  • Tiffany
  • 2019-01-23

Astropithecus

Interesting short story. I like the concept behind this story. The narrator did a good job. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Shannon G
  • 2019-01-04

A Fun Listen

This is a fun short listen. This story deals with man and outer space and what is out there. George Saoulidis hits home with this fun little tale that is well worth twenty minutes of your time. It's a nice story and the narration is superb! Ralph Scott really brought this story to life and truly made the listening experience all the more enjoyable. I will be recommending this story, author and narrator to all my friends!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kingsley
  • 2019-01-02

Complex story with overdone audio

'Astropithecus' tells the story of an asteroid and its giant ape like occupant. When astronauts from Earth go to investigate the asteroid the occupant brings a profound knowledge of the origins of humanity, and their purpose going forward. Its absurd, but it's good. It ties together lots of mythologies and ideas into an interesting story.

There is some good tongue in cheek humor here that really makes the book. The humor shows the the author is not taking themselves, or the story, too seriously. It acknowledges the absurdity of the premise. I found the ideas in here fun and interesting, but overall it's too much in too short a time. The whole thing would have worked better if it was given a little more time to breathe and grow.

The audio is filled with sound effects, of rockets taking off, air locks opening, etc. There is also a lot of audio overlays on the voices - some for the space ape, some for the radio communications back to Earth and so on. There is also a short bit of tension building music (not unlike 2001 A Space Odyssey's Thus Spoke Zarathustra"). Personally I found it to be too much, especially in such a short package, but I generally don't like effects and music within my books. Your mileage may vary.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • richard r reeves
  • 2018-12-21

An Uplifting Story

This well paced and humorous little story will make you laugh and maybe think a little bit.
As we search for other intelligent beings to share with, perhaps we should start at home.
This is a good read well written.
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  • Jason Begly
  • 2018-12-20

Astropithecus

This was a crazy, wonderful story. I loved the content and the way it was narrated. It is short and there isn't a way to describe it better than the summary. Read it, listen to it, just enjoy it. This is the way a short story should be. See you in 50 years.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Marcus
  • 2018-12-13

Ridiculous Fun

"Hey Homo" - they had me at this line. I immediately got the joke and knew the story's humor would be on point -- I wasn't disappointed.

In only 20 minutes, Saoulidis manages to say so much and imply so much more. Though this could be the start of a series with the groundwork laid, I think it stands on its own quite wonderfully and may even be ruined through further exposition.

Ralph Scott did an amazing job narrating. He brought both the characters to life in a way that simply reading the words could not accomplish.

I got this audiobook for free in exchange for my review, and I'm not recommending it based on that fact, but simply on the fact that it's an amazingly fun short tale. It's 20 minutes, what have you got to lose?

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  • Steven Lubliner
  • 2018-11-28

This Space Ape is Good Company!

This is a short tale of science fiction, mythology, and morality. Our current gods could stand to be as smart and agreeable as the titular space ape here. The production has great narration, fun sound effects, and apt background music. A very pleasant listen. Recommended!

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  • Kendra Murray
  • 2018-11-28

A short zany ride into outer space!

Who knew Apes were so friggin smart and erudite?! A fun, short trip with really cool sound effects! Homo Sapiens are in hilarious hands with this offering from George Saoulidis. Narrator Ralph Scott’s styling gives a rocket booster ride to this encounter of the zany kind.

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  • G C
  • 2019-10-07

GREAT READ!

I loved it! The narration was great! The author did a great job with the characters. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Margaret
  • 2019-08-25

Creative

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This is the thirteenth book/story I’ve read/listened to by this author and I working my way through all of his stories. Each one is quite reference. Mr. Saoulidis has a very imaginative mind. Sometimes quirky and other times pushing to the extreme. This is just a creative story.
Alex the astronaut is sent to an asteroid (ha ha, this sounds like the beginning of a kindergarten story) to determine what it is. Unexpectedly, there is a being on this astroid and it is a giant ape. Not only can the ape talk, but it has some amazing revelations to convey to Alex the astronaut. Things that could change everything… If anyone believes him.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Ralph Scott). He did fine narrating this book. I like how he choose to portray the characters in this story. There are some special-effect sounds but they were actually well placed.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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