I listened to the unabridged version but I think it was almost too much detail in some areas - it got a little bogged down and made it tough to listen to. Maybe unabridged would have been better.
3yrs after listening to it, I still find the thought of this book unsettling, yet I can't help but keep coming back to it. This book has made me laugh and cry...
Who knew sci-fi and religion could come together so well without feeling forced?!
I'm glad someone told me about this book. It has become one of my favorite pieces.
One of the better written stories so far, very thought-provoking. A lot of unpredictable moments.
No, it started very slow I was actually thinking about dropping it. But then it picked up and kept looking for chores to do and places to go just so that I can listened to it more.
I would recommend it to a friend that has patience to sit through the first 1/3 to get to the gem it is.
Be warned, this one starts out slow but will sneak up on you.
I really struggled through the beginning, varying between slight interest and floating away. In fact, I very nearly abandoned the book. Then, suddenly, I discovered that I was hooked.
I think my struggle was due in large parts to science fiction nature of the book, heavy on the science. In the end, however, the heavy science was part of what I enjoyed most about the book. The themes ran deep in this book, exploring relationships, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics....well, the list goes on and on.
The story unfolded in a series of flashbacks to the past interspersed with the present day struggle of the protagonist to deal with the past. Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest, was the sole survivor of a missionary expedition to visit the first discovered interplanetary sentient life forms. He was found broken in body and soul only to face the ordeal of facing his Jesuit brotherhood's expectations for explanations that he'd rather avoid.
Ms. Russell pulled me through a myriad of emotions as I journeyed along with Sandoz throughout the story. The story was full of depth and complexity. The characters were very richly drawn with unique perspectives that often question today's socio-cultural status quo. However, this was accomplished with a subtle touch, rather than a sledge hammer. No, the hammer was saved for a much more poignant moment in the book, but you will have to discover that for yourself, potential reader.
If you find yourself struggling at the beginning, again, I reiterate, hang in there. The payoff is most definitely worth it.
One of the best and most personally formative books I've ever encountered. Captivating premise, lovable characters, vivid themes and weighty questions with the power to change the reader. Recommended without reservation.
such a great author and epic of human struggle that leaves you yearning for the unfathomable ending.
a really good listen. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a well written story with memorable characters. science fiction without crazy science. even if you are not a reader of science fiction you will like this story