The Humans by Matt Haig, narrated by Mark Meadows
Published in audio by Simon & Schuster Audio, published in print by Simon & Schuster
From the publisher:
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.
Thoughts on the story:
The Humans is a thoughtful and humorous look at life on Earth (at least in the West), as well as what it means to be human.
Thoughts on the audio production:
Mark Meadows does a great job narrating The Humans. He plays it straight, which makes it all the much funnier, as well as more moving. He captures the tone of the book perfectly.
A wonderfully done novel, made even better by the top-notch narration.
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