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  • The Humans

  • Written by: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There's no place like home. Or is there? 

After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst an alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog.

Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race?

©2020 Matt Haig (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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Beautiful and Comforting

Loved it from start to finish. Such a beautiful book. As a human with a sense of meaninglessness, this book was weirdly comforting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-22

Heartwarming

It was a perfect simple story that gives a perspective on humanity... And it's wonderful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-07-22

Interesting

Very interesting story that got me thinking about what it means to be a human. I especially liked the chapter where he gave advice to his son.

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  • Oskar Berggren
  • 03-04-21

Funny, sad, beautiful, uplifting

Just excellent! Especially for those struggling with their faith in humanity. A much needed tale recognizing the ugliness and terrible things of humanity but then leading the reader/listener to find astounding beauty shining through the cracks of human fallibility and mortality.

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  • Noreen F H
  • 08-03-21

Beautiful

Adore this makes one contemplate what it IS to be human . Warm, funny , thought provoking x

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  • Techczech
  • 17-06-21

Hallmark wisdom dressed as fiction

Cliche ridden inanity ameliorated by the occasional burst of good writing and a snappy turn of phrase. Had to skip huge portions of Hallmark card level wisdom to get through this. Even the great narrator could not save this.

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  • M. MAY
  • 17-10-21

The start was a bit odd.....

..... and I almost returned the book. But I'm glad I stuck with it, this is a really thought provoking story, which I will return to soon.

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  • Snoopy_K
  • 18-08-21

So beautiful and life affirming

I love Matt’s writing. This book draws you in with humour and laugh out loud moments and then intrigues you what first looks like a straightforward storyline, and then somewhere along the way it gets to the very heart of what it is to live and love. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully peppered with poetry and music. I imagine the ‘100 pieces of advice’ will be quoted in many a coming of the age birthday speech. Loved it, will be reading it again when I need picking up!

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  • Clare Bennett
  • 06-04-21

simply wonderful

Really clever and thought provoking, I'm making my way through all of Matt Haigs books now and none of them disappoint! thoroughly recommend

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  • Susan Ibi Preus
  • 06-10-21

Enjoyable

A scewed and funny perspective on humans giving stuff for afterthought, laughter and a great deal of smiling. I enjoyed it, and will definitely listen to more from Matt Haig.
Mark Meadows is a pleasure to listen to, and just nailed it. Greatly narrated.

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  • B-rocks
  • 25-08-21

Makes you think.

Loved it. My first book with Matt Haig. so different. simple plot with wonderful thought provoking events, charactets, ideas. The human experience viewed by an Alien on Earth ...and a dog. What's not to love. I can only assume the mathematical references are accurate. I will be buying more Matt Haig.

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  • Paul R
  • 11-07-21

Slow and plodding with no actual point.

The story just slowly plods along never actually seeming to get to any actual point. When what appears to be the main plot line ends, there still nearly a third of the story yet to go. That last third nearly sent me to sleep, which given I listen while I drive wasn't a good thing.

There's never any explanation of really who the advanced alien species is, and why their so concerned about the humans figuring out the Riemann Hypothesis.

If you like navel gazing and maths this might be a story for you, but it's not for me.

One last thing, when the narrator is reading out the Drake Equation, he reads it out as f to the power of p, and f to the power of l etc. That's not how it's pronounced, it's f sub p and f sub l etc. A minor point, but as the character in the story is supposed to come from a mathematically advanced civilisation it's pretty unforgivable.

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  • R. Grindley
  • 15-02-22

An engaging and beautiful story

This is the second Matt Haig book I've listen to. His work very tactfully deals with difficult topics ubiquitous to human life and puts a beautiful narrative to them.
I'd recommend Matt Haig to anyone, especially those going through a difficult time in life.

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  • Karla
  • 30-08-21

This is the sort of Sci-Fi I can enjoy

I loved the Midnight Library and was not disappointed here. A bit of fantasy and a lot of home truths to ponder plus some humour directed at the human race in general.

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  • Mrs Jennifer K Godkin
  • 30-09-21

Incredible

I can’t find the words to explain how I feel. I wanted to finish the book to find out what happened but also did not want it to end. Could not stop listening. Matt Haig’s writing is amazing, unlike anything else I have ever read. This is the 3rd of his books that I have listened to, and the second one that was read by Mark Meadows. I could listen to his voice forever. I have enjoyed all 3 books so much that I have ordered the paperbacks to read myself. Awesome! Do yourself a favour. Ready for the next one now.

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  • Kathryn
  • 21-09-21

Really enjoyable book

An interesting & funny insight into humanity & what it means to be a human. Cleverly written, narration was flawless & engaging. Would love a sequel to this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-21

Amazing book!

Amazing book that reaches deep in your soul to answer what it is to be human.

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  • Rachael
  • 26-09-21

A wild look into our species from an outsider

loved it.
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I will listen again to absorb the lesson properly. well worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-21

So good

This is the second book Ive read by Matt Haig. I really enjoy the stories he writes about, thought provoking and relevant. This made me laugh out loud so many times with the literal observations about humans. It has English references with football and the like. Looking forward to to listening to more of his writing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

A very different perspective

Funny, quirky and clever. I loved this. The story is told from the perspective of a being from another planet.