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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paolo Giordano Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A prime number is a lonely thing. It can be divided only by itself or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes” — misfits who seem destined to be alone. They are haunted by the childhood tragedies that mark their lives and find themselves unable to reach out to anyone else. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. As they grow into adulthood, their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. But when the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, the two are forced to separate with many things left unsaid. A chance encounter will reunite them and force a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface, but the question remains: Can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together? The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience. A sensation in its native Italy, where it has sold more than a million copies, it is a remarkable debut, a moving novel that lays bare the soul and captures what it means to be human. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The author works with piercing subtlety. He manages…an exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level, emotion’s muons, gluons, and quarks.”

    New York Times

  • “The novel’s bleak subject matter is rendered almost beautiful by Giordano’s spare, intense focus on his two characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the April 2010 Indie Next List
  • Recipient of the 2008 Premio Strega

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 2/14/2014

    " two adolescents forever scarred by self-caused tragedies. this is a poignant book about loneliness, and about trauma, which if not resolved, continues to haunt us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/9/2014

    " The reason I picked up this book was due to the title. I love prime numbers. I love teaching math and the whole idea behind this book is a math concept. These two people are very different, unique on their own, and are equated to prime numbers. Running through their lives in contrasting pains. There is a subconscious line between them. The writing was very good. I could tell this book was written by a guy or really from a guy's perspective, though it looks at the world through a male and a female character's eyes. There was such compartmentalized viewpoints and fractions of moments not going beyond yourself to finally connect with another human being. The book is a fast read, but left me a little perturbed by the ending. I felt spent from finding out what really makes one a prime number. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danyg. | 1/13/2014

    " La solitudine regna in tutte la pagine.....nere sul bianco! Numeri ,sentimenti , lettere e disagi esistenziali comuni a molti ma che non avranno mai la forza e la voglia d'incontrarsi!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teal | 1/13/2014

    " Decent first novel. Characters seemed a tad two dimensional in terms of their issues and not fully fleshed out. Perhaps it was the translation but for a story about pain and isolation I was not impressed with the prose. Just okay. La "

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