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Author: Matt Haig Narrator: Mark Meadows Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2013 ISBN: 9781442366497
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The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human, in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the distant planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality.

But all of this is suddenly threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology that the alien planet possesses. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis and unknowingly puts himself and his family in grave danger when the narrator is sent to Earth to erase all evidence of the solution and kill anyone who has seen the proof. The only catch is that the alien has no idea what he’s up against.

Disgusted by the excess of disease, violence, and family strife he encounters, the narrator struggles to pass undetected long enough to gain access to Andrew’s research. But in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Matt Haig is a novelist of stunning talent, with a laser eye for the absurd and endless reserves of compassion.”


  • “Funny, poignant, and full of heart.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • The Humans is by turns silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful….Haig manages…to burrow beneath clichés as he explores the meaning of sentimentality, loyalty, love, and mortality….Haig’s insights are often compelling.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “This is a tender, funny novel about the often irrational ways humans behave, written in accessible prose and invites comparison with Mark Haddon and Patrick Ness.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “A literary virtuoso…Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish, and The Humans is undoubtedly his magnum opus.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are.”

    Daily Express (UK)

  • “Haig’s unexpectedly raw tale of love, belonging, and peanut butter…It’s funny, clever and quite, quite lovely.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Great idea, great plot, and superb comedy, especially from the alien’s puzzled analyses of primitive human ways.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A funny and touching tale about an alien who visits and experiences the weird and often frightening beauty of being human.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A surprisingly touching and often hilarious tale…Haig elevates the premise with his deft, humor-rich storytelling skills. A reverence for mathematics and history also runs through the book, cutting through some of the sentimentality with a healthy dose of intellectualism. The Humans is an engaging summer read.”


  • “Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Funny, touching and written in a highly appealing voice.”

    Joanne Harris, award-winning author of Chocolat

  • “Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin.”

    Jeanette Winterson, award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

  • “Lovely stuff. So heartfelt, touching and funny.”

    Patrick Ness, author of The Crane Wife

  • “Narrator Mark Meadows portrays the alien visitor at the heart of this fascinating story, adroitly vocalizing the creature’s evolution. A native from the utopian planet Vonadoria is sent to Earth to take the place of a math professor and bury his discovery: the solution to a mathematical conundrum that promises to elevate humans—to the detriment of the rest of the universe. As voiced by Meadows, the ersatz professor, Andrew Martin, at first speaks with a clipped British accent as he describes what repulses him about humanity. But as he slowly goes native, his speech becomes, well, more human, including instances of slang and profanity. This production examines what it means to be human, and Meadows does a remarkable job of humanizing its extraterrestrial protagonist.”


  • A 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • One of Parade Magazine’s Top Books

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About the Author

Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. His children’s books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

About the Narrator

Mark Meadows is an actor and audiobook narrator. He can be heard on the radio broadcasts of Lost Souls and The Worst Journey in the World, both first aired for BBC Radio. On television, he has appeared as Reverend Wallace in EastEnders. He also has extensive credits as a composer and arranger.