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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: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441836755
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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!

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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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 1/12/2014

    " This book is well written. However, like it's title suggests, it is about solitude and I am a people person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 12/26/2013

    " very well written, interesting concept, a bit sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 11/30/2013

    " Beautifully written. An Italian book translated into English. It follows the painful journey of two people who do not fit into society. A book of lonliness and struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Malley | 11/22/2013

    " Very well written. I think this is one of those books that leaves you really thinking about how much baggage people carry around with them. Complicated and messy, but I liked the way it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafaela Merino-bianchi | 8/27/2013

    " Imperdible. No sobra una sola palabra. Recomendable a mil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Goldfish | 8/18/2013

    " One of the most beautifully and sincerely written pieces of fiction I've come across in ages. It says so much that I was pleasantly surprised at an authentic ending, rather than a kitschy one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 7/14/2013

    " The book reminded me of the awkwardness and coming of age in The Perks of Being a Wallflower with the starkness and sparsenessof language and imagery of Tinkers combined with the mathematical romance of Flatland. The 4 stars is for the somewhat implausible "damaged history" of the male character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 4/5/2013

    " A beautiful, moving look at the desperation of depression and love. I could not put this book down and am eagerly looking forward to reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilin | 12/23/2012

    " Gripping. I finished it in a few days, swallowing pages whenever I had a free moment. It was quite sad and a bit depressing, but the characters were really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 7/26/2012

    " I loved this. I loved the way this author expressed things simply and articulated feeling we all relate to that are rarely expressed. Subtly beautiful and tragic at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Perry | 6/29/2012

    " Good book. Pretty flipping depressing as hell though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth J. Noel | 5/18/2012

    " Great read. I love Giordano's style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2012

    " This could have been a great story about the redeeming power of love -- except neither of the protagonists are capable of love. That's hard to root for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 7/16/2011

    " Fascinante "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 6/16/2011

    " An excellent book! Very easy to read, entertaining and captivating. The ending though... Oh so frustrating!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/15/2011

    " This was a nice surprise with two characters that I immediately fell in love with. I hope to see more from Paolo, as this was a remarkable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 5/12/2011

    " The writing in this book was breathtaking. The two main characters were such a mess that it made me uncomfortable just reading about them. Their loneliness and awkwardness was written about so well you almost felt it for them. Kudos to whomever did the translation of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 5/12/2011

    " Very interesting characters, tough subjects. It leaves much food for thought after you've finished it.
    I hope that one day I'll be able to read this in the original language (Italian) =P
    I really enjoyed this book, and I'm going to a play based on it next week! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 5/6/2011

    " Charming, interesting, sad and beautifully written. I assume it must be a translation in which case it is superbly translated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/6/2011

    " Stunningly imaginative, and depressing, and heartbreakingly sad. But good, and touching and evocative. This is definitely not a "fluffy" read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crossett | 5/5/2011

    " Although this story has a decent plot and is well paced I ultimately found the two main characters to be undeveloped and lacking the nuances needed to successfully carry the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/4/2011

    " Beautiful writing. I was underlining passages like I was reading it for a literature class. Started reading it at 5:30am in an airport and finished it the same day. I wasn't sure if the ending made me sad or not, but it definitely made me think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 4/29/2011

    " A very, very good read - shame about the unspectacular open ending, as I would have liked to have some sort of conclusion. Hence only 4 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 4/28/2011

    " I loved this book so much that I wanted to carry it around in my hands for the rest of the day after I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oceana | 4/28/2011

    " Although this story has a decent plot and is well paced I ultimately found the two main characters to be undeveloped and lacking the nuances needed to successfully carry the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/25/2011

    " I have very mixed feelings about this book. But I had to give it 4 stars because, as uncomfortable as the story was for me to read, I couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author

Paolo Giordano is the author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the youngest person ever to win Italy’s prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega. Giordano has a PhD in particle physics and is now a full time writer. He lives in Italy.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.