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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Doria Russell Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mary Doria Russell’s debut novel, The Sparrow, took us on a journey to a distant planet and into the center of the human soul. A critically acclaimed bestseller, The Sparrow was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Books of the Year, a finalist for the Book-of-the-Month Club’s First Fiction Prize and the winner of the James M. Tiptree Memorial Award. Now, in Children of God, Russell further establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining, and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

Old friends, new discoveries, and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place.

Strikingly original, richly plotted, replete with memorable characters, and filled with humanity and humor, Children of God is an unforgettable and uplifting novel that is a potent successor to The Sparrow and a startlingly imaginative adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell’s special literary magic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tragic, haunting parable about moral justice that miraculously avoids all of the usual clichés and even subverts some of them. Here, for a change, is a sequel that counts.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Russell succeeds in painting an alien culture with remarkably detailed verisimilitude.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Compelling.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Powerful prose and memorable characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “A brutal and deliberate tale…that will challenge and sometimes shred the reader’s preconceptions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 2/20/2014

    " A great continuation of the Sparrow, I was skeptical for awhile, but it ended well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbi | 2/20/2014

    " I started this book because after reading The Sparrow I was eager to discover how the story of Emilio Sandoz turns out. The story itself is just fascinating, and Emilio Sandoz is an interesting protagonist. Russell paints his journey as a complicated one, and the story in Children of God is complex. However, like its predecessor, the novel has a fragmented narrative. And while it's effective in The Sparrow, it isn't in Children of God. The Sparrow shifts back and forth between two time frames, Children of God concerns four, and it's just too many. I found it a bit confusing. But ultimately, having read The Sparrow, I found Children of God worth reading, although the meditation on the relationship between a man and God, which was the most fascinating and interesting part of the first novel, just isn't as compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alice | 2/17/2014

    " 3.5. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I didn't have a deep attachment to some of the characters. It's kind of hard to judge the book on its own, being a sequel and compared to the original, which was stellar (no pun intended). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vonette | 2/15/2014

    " The Sparrow was such a perfect book that I had high expectations for this sequel -- perhaps too high. It starts out well but loses it's way somewhere in the middle. This book has glimmers of the brilliance of The Sparrow, but overall it's a disappointment. "

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