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Neanderthal Planet

Book 5

By: Vaughn Heppner

Performed by: Michael Braun

Released: October 17, 2023

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 08 hr, 56 min

A nuclear attack in the Persian Gulf wrongly implicates Jake Bayard. Everyone seems to be hunting for him.
Bayard flees to Garm, an ice-age world full of sabertooths, dire wolves, mammoths, and Neanderthals. Unfortunately, Institute _Homo habilises _are also there: extraterrestrial, crafty, small, and deadly hominids. They’ve enslaved the Neanderthals to mine for dreaded alibite.
It’s a Spartacus moment for Bayard. The Institute hominids hate him for what he did in the Chaunt System last journey. He’s as good as dead unless he can lead the Neanderthals in a successful slave revolt.
How do you defeat an enemy far smarter than you, more ruthless, and holding all the cards? Bayard is about to show the brainy creeps.
Neanderthal Planet is the fifth tale of a gung-ho Terran taking on the masters of an insidious and ancient alien conspiracy.



Vaughn Heppner



Michael Braun

MICHAEL BRAUN has narrated over 200 titles in genres ranging from literary fiction to nonfiction, thrillers, science fiction and young adult. He has had the pleasure of narrating for numerous New York Times bestselling authors. Recent projects include Karl Ove Knausgaard’s The Morningstar and The Podcaster by Christopher Chen, a commission by Audible Theater. He can be seen in the upcoming feature films The Tender Bar directed by George Clooney (based on the memoirs of J.R. Moehringer), The Courtroom directed by Lee Sunday Evans, and Deep Water directed by Adrian Lyne (based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name). He appears in the third season of "The Sinner," and recently played EJ on the fifth and final season of Showtime’s “The Affair” opposite Anna Paquin. He has appeared on Broadway in The Crucible directed by Ivo Van Hove, War Horse at Lincoln Center as well as The Bridge Project: Winter’s Tale/Cherry Orchard, directed by Sam Mendes at BAM and the Old Vic in London. Other New York theater credits include shows at The Signature Theater, The Public Theater and Second Stage as well as work across the country at the McCarter, NY Stage and Film, Williamstown Theater Festival, Yale Rep, Centerstage and Seattle Rep. His film credits include the Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come, Dark Water, Incoming, Dare, Igby Goes Down and Drinks! His television credits include: "Succession," “The Night Of,” “High Maintenance,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” “The Blacklist,’ “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” “Do No Harm,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” the ABC pilot "Awkward Situations for Men,” and the Apple show “Dickinson.” He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award.