The Humans Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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?
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 February 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
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So well done, Mister Haig, and thank you.
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Unfortunately as the book went on it became less a novel and more a vehicle for the author to beat the reader over the head with his observations on the nature of the human condition, and how life is basically pretty good even amongst the violence and hypocrisy, and you definitely shouldn't kill yourself if it all gets too much. I have no problem with these sentiments at all, it was just way too ham-fisted and preachy in a work of fiction for my tastes.
I know as I follow the author on social media that he struggles terribly with depression and I can see that much of this book was, if not autobiographical, at least based strongly on his own life experiences and opinions so I get where he was coming from.
All that said, I did enjoy the actual story that was scattered in amongst the preaching. The plot was clever enough to keep me guessing where it would go next and the relationship between Real!Andrew / Alien!Andrew and his son was well written and touching.
As with all really good books, the basic idea behing Matt Haig's Humans is simple. That is, if you think that the concept of an Vonnadorian alien arriving one day on Earth and inhabiting the body of a Cambridge professor who has proved the Riemman hypothysis is a simple one. The alien has to adapt to human life so not to draw attention and soon finds out that by taking off clothes in public is not the best way to do this.
There is a strong comic element through this novel and the alien is constantly baffled and bewildered by human behaviour and his discovery of peanut butter sandwiches, Australian wine, Talking Heads, human relationships and sex are hilarious. He, eventually become more human and less Vonnadorian, and there are interesting philosphical questions posed throughout.
We now know what Bazadean body waste smells like (vegetable stir fry) but are not really any wiser as to who Vonnadorians actually are. Perhaps we are not supposed to as they are protecting us from knowing too much about the universe. Maybe now Reimman has been proved this is all too late.
An alien being takes on a human form - that of professor of mathematics, Andrew - and comes down to earth to kill everybody whom the professor may have appraised of his great discovery that would give humans knowledge for which they aren't ready. Flowed, weird and utterly illogical to the alien, unbeknown to themselves, the humans manage to charm him and get a stay of execution.
The book is entirely predictable. I am not betraying any great secrets or twists for there aren't any. You will know very soon into the book that the humans in Andrew's life will get our alien onto their side. But the predictability doesn't matter. It is the spirit of this book that is so sweet and so endearing that you will want to keep reading. It is also the poignancy and almost Christ-like self-sacrifice of our alien that captures your heart. And last but not least, it is the hilarity of the alien's observations of human rituals and his definitions of our everyday objects. Seen from the perspective of an alien, we are laughable - in a good way.