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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (659 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sena Jeter Naslund Narrator: Karen White Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“This thriller is rich in brilliant discourses on religion, fanaticism, the meaning of ancient cave art, the speculative future, and love.”
Library Journal

 

Sena Jeter Naslund, the New York Times bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance explores both the dark nature of fundamentalism and the brightness of true faith in her dazzling novel, Adam & Eve. A provocative, eloquent, and deeply compelling story of a woman caught between two warring worlds—science and religion—Adam & Eve raises timely questions about identity, innocence, and sin, and represents a new literary high-water  mark for New York Times Notable author and Harper Lee Award-winner Naslund.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Surprisingly affecting.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] blend of futuristic thriller, pseudoreligious speculation, and idyllic romance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Naslund] shed[s] light on what the creation myth (and religious fanaticism) reveals about the human condition: that however formative our beginnings may be, they can always give way to the drama of rebirth. In Adam & Eve, Naslund asks, which is really more important to us?”

    Elle

  • “A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time, revealing the Queen’s journey from frivolity to responsibility, and from palace to prison cell to be one of striking beauty and terrible loss.”

    People

  • Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/15/2014

    " I thought this book was really intriguing. It is a bit hard to follow initially but the story line takes off around page 100 and it is smooth reading from then on out. I can definitely see the parallels between this book and The Davinci Code. The writing styles seemed similar as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Liz | 2/4/2014

    " Disappointed. I really enjoyed Ahab's Wife....and had high expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/4/2014

    " I got so absorbed in this story. Naslund paints a vivid picture with her words. There are some shocking plot twists (or so I thought). To me, this book is ultimately about human nature which is immutable and the struggle between knowledge and willful ignorance. I didn't like how the story of Adam ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 1/27/2014

    " This is the third book I have read by this author, and one of the first things I thought of while reading it was, "How does she come up with these stories?" I don't mean that in a what-the-heck-is-she-thinking way, but in a where-do-her-creativity-and-imagination-come-from way. All three books have been vastly different. So many authors tend to stick to what works for them (Dan Brown comes to mind), so that their books seem formulaic and like fraternal, if not identical, twins. Sena Jeter Naslund does not fall in this camp. (I must admit, though, that at one point early in this book I did feel like I was reading a Dan Brown book. Thankfully, that feeling passed rather quickly.)Unfortunately, I'm writing this review over a week after I finished the book and, more importantly, more than a week into another book I'm reading. These facts, coupled with my stress-addled memory, mean that all I am left with are impressions of this book rather than detail. Impressions will have to suffice, though I would prefer to be more thorough. That being said, I do recall the language of this book having a richness and depth that reminded me of Ahab's Wife. There were several sentences after which I just had to pause to fully appreciate them. Also, I found myself really identifying with the main character, Lucy, in many ways. She is about my age, and we seemed to have many of the same thoughts about life, human nature, purpose, religion, etc. So, I guess the book was timely for me. I doubt I would have liked the book as much as I did had I read it at age 25.Nonetheless, I can't say I loved the book. There was still something missing, though I can't say what. Maybe if I had time to write the review when I finished the book I would remember what it was! Overall, I'd give it 3-and-a-half stars. "

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