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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (21,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Doria Russell Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

Sandoz is a part of the crew sent to explore a new planet. What they find is a civilization so alien and incomprehensible that they feel compelled to wonder what it means to be human.

The priest is the only surviving member of the crew, and upon his return, he is confronted by public inquisition and accusations of the most heinous crimes imaginable. His faith utterly destroyed, crippled and defenseless, his only hope is to tell his tale. Father John Candotti has been charged with discovering the truth, but the truth may be more than Earth is willing to accept. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 2/10/2014


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobby | 1/25/2014

    " Sci-Fi story in the style of Heinlein, Clarke, etc. in that it deals with "big" themes and the fallibility of mankind. Given that the star of the book is a Jesuit priest, not surprisingly a major theme is God and to what degree things can/should be blamed/credited to God versus attributed to humans and their free will. The story is well written, the main character is very interesting, and I thought the author did an excellent job creating the aliens and the moral dilemmas inherent in their lives. However, I found her repetitive in her treatment of supporting characters (Okay, I get it... Sophia is very pretty and Anne has a dry wit...not sure if this needs to be stated over and over) and the sense of doom that hangs over the whole book (because we know pretty early that something went terribly wrong) took away some of my enjoyment. All in all, a thought provoking read that should serve as fodder for a good discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sam | 1/22/2014

    " This is one of the few books I've read that has very religious characters and themes that doesn't completely rag on religion. I'm not particularly religious, but it was interesting to read a book where religion wasn't being completely bashed or exalted. This story is also, as a Library Journal review states (as cited by Wiki),"a philosophical novel about the nature of good and evil and what happens when a man tries to do the right thing, for the right reasons and ends up causing incalculable harm." The book keeps you interested in the actions of this man--a Jesuit priest--by teasing out what exactly happened to him in space, and the revelations do not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy | 1/9/2014

    " Thought provoking with well developed characters. This book was moving, well written, and has stayed with me long after turning the final page. "

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