Sparrow

2 books in series
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The Sparrow Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Sparrow

    • By: Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,731
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,383

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

    • By Jim N on 08-15-12

    Regular price: $27.27

  • Book 2

    • Children of God

    • A Novel
    • By: Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 623

    The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A weaker, but worthwhile sequel

    • By Ryan on 05-08-13

    Regular price: $45.27