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The Sparrow Audiobook

The Sparrow

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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.

©2008 Mary Doria Russell; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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    09-02-15
    09-02-15

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    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

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    EllenofCA California 08-22-15
    EllenofCA California 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I was sad when it ended"

    I loved the story and the characters. I rarely give a 5 to a book, but this one surprised me.

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    Jasmine 08-01-15
    Jasmine 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    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.

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    E. Willow Brugh Somerville, MA 02-16-15
    E. Willow Brugh Somerville, MA 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favorites"

    raw, deep, and beautiful, this author is exceptional at building the tiny parts of life which add up to an epic story

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    Manny T. 02-08-15
    Manny T. 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting story and outstanding narration. Enjoy!"

    loved it. the story line was very interesting but the narration was outstanding! you will enjoy it.

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    R. O'Connor Milwaukee, WI 01-08-15
    R. O'Connor Milwaukee, WI 01-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    "I didn't want it to end..."

    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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    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 01-02-15
    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 01-02-15 Member Since 2004

    Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.

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    "Intelligent; not an adventure"

    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.

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    Jennifer 11-09-14
    Jennifer 11-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow."
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    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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    Whatsczup? 02-17-14
    Whatsczup? 02-17-14
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    "Wonderful Spiritual Journey"
    Where does The Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His beautiful narration made me feel like I was sitting in a performance of reader's theatre. He brought all the details to life.


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    I read this book years ago when it came out. Hearing it again like this was truly a new spiritual awakening for me. Thank you. I can't wait until next month's credits come available so I can read the next part, Children of God!

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    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 07-18-13
    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A fresh and exciting "First Contact" novel."
    Where does The Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, for sure. It was very original, and among the best sci-fi I've experienced. SO much literary value here.


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