The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A prime number can be divided only by itself or by one—it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both “primes”, are misfits who seem destined to be alone. Haunted by childhood tragedies that mark their lives, they cannot reach out to anyone else. When Alice and Mattia meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit.

But the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, and the two are forced to separate. Then a chance occurrence reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface.

Like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience, and is set to become a universal classic.

©2010 Paolo Giordano (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The novel's bleak subject matter is rendered almost beautiful by Giordano's spare, intense focus on his two characters." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Quirky characters

Paolo Giordano is a professional physicist, but with this touching debut – winner of Italy’s prestigious literary award – he has found a new calling. Luke Daniels’ straightforward performance allows Giordano’s words, both beautiful and melancholic, to stand out and paints a moving portrait of two ‘misfits’ who just can’t quite get it together.

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Why this narrator??

I don't like the Narrator they chose for this audio book. It looks interesting enough, but I can't listen to this man's voice for the length of it. I'll buy the hard copy instead and read that.

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Incredible!

Loved it and this was an incredible story to listen too. I could not stop listening to it.

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amazing book. loved it. must read.

One of the best book, I have ever read. Mesmerizing. Storytelling at its best. A must read.

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Amazing! The book's emotions reflects on my emotions. I would recommend this book to anyone.