The narrator did a great job with voices and emotion. But some sentences, described as barely audible, were made to be, in fact, barely audible. I had to rewind and crank the volume to catch them and then the following sentence would be far too loud.
I found it to be a slow read, more literary then fun, and more hard sci-fi then fantasy sci-fi. Despite being published in 1996 the predicted science is vague enough not to take away from advances since then.
In the near future the discovery of nearby alien civilization causes the Jesuits to organize a mission to make contact. Loosely Paralleling historic Jesuit missionary.
Like good sci-fi it deals with several social issues and other themes. Faith and devotion is a strong theme throughout. Dealing with significantly different cultures and overcoming one's troubled past.
Half the book is dealing trauma and a character's personal struggle to reconcile his faith of a loving God with the horrors and evil he witness.
The aliens and world are different and strange by our standards but understandable if not always relatable. Characters are well developed, believable and interesting. I had an issue that every Priest on the mission seemed loose with their faith. I think the organization of the Church was handled well.
While funny, clever and hopeful at times this is not a feel good book at the end. If you like first contact stories or theme of struggling with one's faith or traumatic past it's worth a read.
A bit wordy at times, but nonetheless musical in its artistry and carefully crafted. An interesting tale of joy and woe. Emilio is a wonderful protagonist to follow.
Not a big Sifi fan but interesting story line which makes u think the fact we are not alone in this universe.
The reader did a great job!
a masterpiece from start to finish, horribky exciting, wonderfully written, a delight to listen to. The story will stay with me, amazement and shock tangled to perfection in an experience hard to describe.
loved it. the story line was very interesting but the narration was outstanding! you will enjoy it.
Audible saves my sanity on my hour long commute! Traffic jams just mean more listening. Enjoy Sci-Fi & Fantasy.
Excellent characters, I particularly enjoyed the exposition of the trip and first contact. Emilio Santos is a riveting character. I loved DW Yarborough character . The cultures were portrayed with thought and originality. I am not Catholic but now am interested in reading more about the Jesuits. I have to read the sequel now
Now that I have your attention I would say this is well written and well thought out. I think many listeners will appreciate the quality of the story while being unable to turn their eyes from the excruciating train wreck that is the characters personal stories. I should also add the narrator regularly changes volume at inopportune moments rendering certain portions painful for listening to. In all honesty there are so many better books out there, even for the drama types that I would suggest you avoid this one.