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.
©2008 Mary Doria Russell; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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
I listen to this book many years ago, loved it then and loved it again this time. The authors intellectual and educational background are well demonstrated in this book.
raw, deep, and beautiful, this author is exceptional at building the tiny parts of life which add up to an epic story
loved it. the story line was very interesting but the narration was outstanding! you will enjoy it.
MDR has a gift for setting big theological questions in the context of vibrant characters who came to life with deep humanity as she wove personal journeys into THE quest.
Her eye for detail & her ear for speech both alien & human made her book rich indeed
The narrator added color while not inserting himself...a truly humble blessing
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The Sparrow isn’t so much a sci-fi tale as it is a theological inquiry where the main question of the plot isn’t answered. After the story, the author allows how she is an academic who has not written fiction before. Her work has well-developed characters with well-written interaction among them, but no hard action. All the violence takes place off stage. In short, it wasn’t what I expected but still found the book well-written. The reader is good. On the sci-fi level, one has to suspend disbelief quite firmly at some points in the plot, i.e., the crew with its particular personalities would never have ever been permitted to undertake such a momentous and historical mission (some government would have stopped them); the characters’ organization would never have had the resources to fund such a mission (internal disputes about inappropriate expenditures would have stopped the project); the episode about the hands would never have happened in real life except under huge duress and onstage violence; and the radio reports back to earth would have been decipherable and understandable by many (hackers; hams; foreign governments, etc.), so get ready to sigh as the storyline takes unlikely, if not downright unbelievable, turns. Nevertheless, the book is well written and well read by its narrator, so if you like thoughtful fiction, you will probably enjoy this work.
Perhaps one of the most surprising pieces of fiction I've encountered. This one keeps you engaged and then stays with you for months after you've left it.
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