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Ghost Species

Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children, a girl called Eve, is born, Kate cannot bear the thought of her growing up in a laboratory and so elects to abduct her and raise her alone.

Set against the backdrop of hastening climate catastrophe, Ghost Species is an exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma. For as Eve grows to adulthood, she and Kate must face the question of who and what she is. Is she natural or artificial? Human or non-human? And perhaps most importantly, as civilisation unravels around them, is Eve the ghost species, or are we?

Thrillingly original, Ghost Species is embedded with a deep love and understanding of the natural world.

©2020 James Bradley (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Don't bother

Did not enjoy it. Too slow story.
Too slow narrating.
Original idea of the book is intersting, but got off rails and lost in details for too long.
Couldn't finish it unfortunately.

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growing determination

i loved this story. it had the hallmarks of a good read. compelling and inventive.

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The story misses the point.

Now I know I am not the author but after a very interesting start the author seems to lose the plot, literally. He introduces more and more sub plots which have very little relevance to the initial plot. If he had only stuck with the original plot there is so much he could have explored. I guess the author is entitled to choose his own plot line without my help but I was really disappointed.
The narrator has an excellent, clear voice but over dramatises the story. The story really needs a sensitive tone.

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Elegant Sci Fi

A beautiful meditation on motherhood, childhood and identity.

This novel is recommended to fans of human side of science fiction because of its focus on character development.

The narrators performance was good overall and included a wealth of characters included a very welcome array of Australian accents. My only criticism would be in the voice of Eve who I found a bit grating and a bit of a simplistic expression of the author’s description.