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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: July 2008 ISBN:
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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 Pam | 2/10/2014

    " ONE OF MY VERY FAVES OF ALL TIME. SCIENCE LOVERS AS WELL AS SCIFI LOVERS WILL ADORE THIS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/26/2013

    " The characterization seems unsophisticated at times, but the subject matter is not, making for an ultimately powerful reading experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/21/2013

    " This book is a modern/future day story of the early explorers and the toll of ignorance even with the most educated and well-intentioned people. However, what makes this book so fascinating and thought-provoking is not the exploration of a new planet and way of life, but the exploration of the beauty of faith and the risks of faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneke Penn | 11/26/2013

    " Arrrg, I hate when I get stuck part way through:( I will finish this book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Ryan | 11/26/2013

    " Am cheating - read this and the sequel, The Children of God, last year. Fascinating! Actually read the sequel first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alieda | 11/22/2013

    " One of the most well-written and complex science fiction novels I've ever read. It asks questions about faith, morality, the purpose of suffering, and the human imagination - questions impossible to answer, but worth asking anyway. Richly imagined and brilliantly plotted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Gilbert | 11/18/2013

    " One of the most impactful stories... Combines Science and religion beautifully which I love, but then demonstrates shockingly when two beings who do not think anything alike meet and assume they do. The story has a tragic ending that is resolved in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/2/2013

    " For some reason, it took me forever to read this book. But I enjoyed every minute of it. Excellent story, well-written, thought provoking! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 11/2/2013

    " Brilliant. Very original story that is well written and very thought provoking. I'm currently reading the follow up tale "Children of God" as I want to know what happens to the main character when he returns to the planet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 8/4/2013

    " Very well written and thought provoking...God doesn't make deals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/24/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I was enthralled the whole time, anxious to have the story revealed, and thoughtfully/spiritually provoked to the end. With how it ended I feel at peace, surprisingly. Enlightened even. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/14/2013

    " I forget which of my book-club friends recommended this to me. It's a powerful book though and the ending is difficult. But such an original concept for a story and so many moral and ethical problems here to think about that it will be hard to forget this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regan Ziobro | 3/12/2013

    " Thought provoking... I Keep coming back to it in my mind and mulling over the different sociological critiques that were subtly introduced through its thoughtful narrative. Although it dips a bit too deep into science-fiction for my taste, it was an enjoyable story. A fast read, but substantive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Ettinger | 10/5/2012

    " I book that I have returned to on several occasions, and thought about in many contexts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/4/2012

    " This novel was disturbing, but well written and filled with such interesting ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Kelley | 8/24/2012

    " Not your typical sci-fi adventure. Some of Russel's descriptions were so vivid they would turn my stomach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Lederman | 7/21/2012

    " Maybe I will have something good to say about this book after our book group conversation. The depth and breath of the themes kept me reading but I didn't really want to read for any length of time and it took two weeks to get through the whole book. I am guessing maybe Sci Fi just isn't my thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Neff | 3/28/2012

    " Wow. The sparrow fell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 3/8/2012

    " Russell is an amazing writer. Meaningful themes were explored in this sci-fi story of first contact, socialization and faith in God. It started out slow because of the many characters,but built to a powerful and engrossing climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 5/22/2011

    " Kind of 3.5ish stars, actually. Really interesting conceptually, but I didn't get emotionally involved with any of the characters, unfortunately. "

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

    " A novel that goes beyond its genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/14/2011

    " Probably the best novel I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tionna | 5/14/2011

    " I have never been more impressed by an author's ability to write about so many topics in such a detailed way. Great reading if you are the type of person who likes more questions than answers. One of the books I recommend the most. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 5/9/2011

    " very tedious to get involved in - gruesome description of hand torture - think more - space travel - what was I thinking? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 5/9/2011

    " A great read that has excellent character development and is able to mix themes from scifi, mystery, classism, romance, and religious thrillers and make one hell of a book. :) "

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About the Author
Author Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell is the author of several books, including The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, and Dreamers of the Day. Her novels have won national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ten best books of the year, and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.