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  • Written by: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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The Humans

Written by: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
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Publisher's Summary

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.

When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a leading mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor wants to complete his task and go back home, to the planet he comes from, and a utopian society of immortality and infinite knowledge.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, the wars they witness on the news, and totally baffled by such concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. He drinks wine, reads Emily Dickinson, listens to Talking Heads, and begins to bond with the family he lives with, in disguise. In picking up the pieces of the professor's shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there. A mission that involves not only thwarting human progress... but murder.

Praised by The New York Times as "a novelist of great seriousness and talent" author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the very messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject - ourselves.

©2013 Matt Haig (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Enjoyed the book a lot.

Very unusual store - helps to take a fresh look on humanity. Well written and narrated

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  • Jen
  • 2019-04-04

Do much more than I expected

I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book but the beautiful insight into everyday human life who who we are made this one of my favourite reads !

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Fascinating and Original

This should be required reading for everyone. An incredibly well crafted story about the human condition.

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Great Story! Almost Perfect Narriation

I would recommend this to anyone who’s interested in fiction, yet also interested in philosophy. Amazing!

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Enjoyable and insightful look at our planet

An enjoyable and insightful look at our planet. Well worth the listen; a thought provoking book.

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  • JM
  • 2020-10-21

Entertaining

Loved the narrator. The book came highly recommended, not what I would normally read but I loved it!

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One of the few books I'd recommend

I read it, I love it, it’s one of the few books I’d recommend. It the story of an alien coming to earth and making us re-examine ourselves as human in every way.

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Alien Prof at Cambridge University

This is a reread. The first time I read it was shortly after a bereavement and I was blown away by the book.

A few years later and I am noting the sentimentality, the drawn out aphorisms, the cloying mawkishness. However, on the whole it was a fun ride as the alien is intent on his mission to kill selected humans, armed with his inate superior intelligence and human understanding and language drawn from a quick read of a copy of Cosmo.

Some of this novel was truly excellent, but the advice to humans jarred. Where was the alien that a day earlier did not understand human emotion now being so human as to be writing this list to his 'son'.

Ends on a hopeful note. And inspired of by Andrew's musings I'm off to read some Emily Dickinson.

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To be, to feel, to live

This book couldn’t have come to me at a better time. Beautifully written, bit of a dark comedy but overall a feel-good story about simply being human. I’ve recommended this to everyone in my book club. Turn to The Humans if you need a reason...

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new favourite!

so many good quotes. couldn't stop listening! a new favourite for sure. i absolutely recommend!

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