• The Neanderthals Are Back: The Beginning

  • A Series of Stories About Modern Day Neanderthals and Their New Families After Two Scientists Bring Them Back
  • By: Gini Graham Scott
  • Narrated by: John Delino Ziegler Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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The Neanderthals Are Back: The Beginning is the first of a series of stories about the life of Neanderthals growing up in modern society after two scientists bring them back with the help of some surrogate mothers.

This audiobook focuses on the story of the first six Neanderthal babies as they grow up. At first, they are raised in the lab in secret and taught by a nursery school teacher. When the children are five and six, the scientists place them with the owners of a group home for children with disabilities. The stories follow the Neanderthal children as they grow up, go to school, have relationships with other children, go through their teenage years, and start working in unskilled jobs in their early 20s. Along the way they face many challenges, including bullying, romances with humans, and a strike for better working conditions. Some even participate in experiments where they get a genius pill that makes them suddenly smart for a while. Meanwhile, scientists in other areas of the country bring back other Neanderthal kids.

The Beginning features the six children’s first years of being born, growing up in the lab, and being introduced to their group home. We also get to know the kids who have very different personalities - from being a leader to being very friendly and social or being quiet and shy. Then, when one boy goes exploring, this leads to a series of events, resulting in the media discovering the Neanderthals, leading to the question: "What do we do now?"

The audiobook is the beginning of a unique compelling series that raises many issues that might occur should the Neanderthals really be brought back, which could happen.

©2019 Gini Graham Scott (P)2019 Gini Graham Scott

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Not consistent with my understanding of humanity.

Sure thing, we could probably resurrect Neanderthal but all that we would accomplish is to capture ourselves from forty-thousand years ago. Biological science will confirm that any given species is a group of ‘interbreeding’ animals. That is, if they can’t interbreed they are not from the same species.
Therefore, Neanderthals were simply a variant of Homo sapiens—not a separate species at all. So why try to recreate what we already have—ourselves—along with creating all the ethical problems, like: what are we going to do with the Neanderthal clan once we have them?
So, no—I cannot recommend this book. Why indulge yourself with a book that is so against humanity? Keith