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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Sturgeon Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455194070
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In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched science fiction into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. There’s Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people’s thoughts; Janie, who moves things without touching them; and the teleporting twins, who can travel ten feet or ten miles. There’s Baby, who invented an antigravity engine while still in the cradle, and Gerry, who has everything it takes to run the world except for a conscience. Separately, they are talented freaks. Together, they may represent the next step in evolution—or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to discover whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging, with suspense, pathos, and a lyricism rarely seen in science fiction.

This tale is as mind-blowing as any controlled substance and as affecting as a glimpse into a stranger’s soul. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • More Than Human is powerfully written, in a style both sinewy and poetic.”

    sfsite.com

  • Winner of the International Fantasy Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon Deerface | 1/24/2014

    " My dad lent me this book when i was about 14, and it was and still is in my top 5 books. Love love lovr Sturgeon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esonja | 1/14/2014

    " This social experiment of a book is a bit like a combo of Geek Love and Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Extremely edgy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " So good. One of those plots I wish I had come up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthann | 1/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has the whole show don't tell thing completely mastered. I enjoyed his writing style/voice more than any book I have read in a long time. The concept of the human race evolving into what he described was interesting--I don't want to give it away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Intile | 11/12/2013

    " i really liked this book. an interesting idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary Jernigan | 9/19/2013

    " More Than Human is, undoubtedly, one of the most influential works of 1950s science fiction, a narrative of incredible invention and clarity. Yet another fundamental work in the canon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/7/2013

    " Like the ill-named "Venus Plus X" and "To Marry Medusa" this Theodore Sturgeon novel is extremely well written and enjoyable. Until the end. His shiny bright 50s optimism and moralizing makes me gag. It's a serious love/hate thing for me. I love his books and hate all of their endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarakelian | 2/16/2013

    " I liked it. Had trouble putting it down. I felt like the ending collapsed, wait, isn't there more to say... Really liked the characters but would someone who had been hurt really become so malicious, full of his power. I am waiting for antigravity to arrive any minute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Rockenfield | 12/27/2012

    " another that I read decades ago. reading the blurb about it brought back strong feelings of sympatico with outsiders. I definitely should reread and soon. Maybe time to reserve at the library... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mely | 12/7/2012

    " One of the first books by Sturgeon I read and still one of my favorites. Creepy gender subtext and creepy rape text, though. Probably creepy racial subtext too, now that I think about it. (I first read it when I was ten, okay? It blew my mind. It still gets past many of my later filters.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenni | 10/9/2012

    " I found this to be really confusing to read. I understand the point of telling the story from multiple perspectives, but it didn't help with clarity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/8/2012

    " Interesting book. Difficult to follow at times. The book theorizes about the next evolution in human development. For me to say anything more, would require adding spoilers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 5/23/2012

    " Interesting discussion of a symbiotic relationship between people. Apparently his became a subsection of science fiction. Always cool to see how people a century ago tall about the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/29/2012

    " Could just be me. I don't often like movies that win awards, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley A. Vermillion | 1/11/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. I just finished re-reading it a month ago. It is everything a science fiction book should be. Even though this was my second time reading it, I still could not put it down. This book made me go on to read every Sturgeon that I could find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty | 12/15/2011

    " A vision of evolution where 5 mutant children join together as a family and behave as a single organism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 11/1/2011

    " This story is told in three parts, reflecting the additions to the original novella Baby is Three. Of the three tales, I enjoyed the third, "Morality", the most. It is easy to see why this book is on several "best science fiction" lists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 4/18/2011

    " Fully deserving of its status as a classic of SF. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 4/11/2011

    " Loved this one! It's been more than 20 years since I read it and I think it's about time to revisit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/8/2010

    " Originally read in the 80s. Didn't hold up on rereading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Armando | 11/11/2010

    " this is a very weird book, I dont know what to say the story was not what i was expecting. I was able to understand what was happening but it was just not so good. i dont consider this a science fiction book so much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/1/2010

    " This book is amazing, especially considering it was written in 1953! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jonathan | 8/22/2010

    " good story...but it didn't live up to the hype. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley A. | 7/16/2010

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. I just finished re-reading it a month ago. It is everything a science fiction book should be. Even though this was my second time reading it, I still could not put it down. This book made me go on to read every Sturgeon that I could find. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenni | 7/11/2010

    " I found this to be really confusing to read. I understand the point of telling the story from multiple perspectives, but it didn't help with clarity. "

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About the Author
Author Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985) is one of the great figures of the golden age of science fiction. With over two hundred works to his credit, his many literary awards include the Hugo, the Nebula, and the International Fantasy Award. His most famous novel, More Than Human, won serious academic recognition as literature, a rarity amongst science fiction works of the 1950s.

About the Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Harlan Ellison has written or edited more than 120 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, and articles, as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He has won numerous awards, including the Edgar Award, Hugo Award, an Audie Award for Best Solo Narration, and his fifth Nebula Award, breaking genre records. Ellison was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006. He lives in California.