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The Sparrow

By: Mary Doria Russell
Narrated by: David Colacci
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Summary

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: To make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end.

©2008 Mary Doria Russell (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic reviews

“A startling, engrossing, and moral work of fiction.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Important novels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Powerful...The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Excellent

Very well written and thought provoking novel. Shocking, funny, challenging, spiritual, exciting and beautiful all at the same time. I'd highly recommend this to any person who is prepared to be challenged about what an alternative first encounter could be like.

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Original idea and a good read

I really enjoyed this book - catholic priests in space ha ha - brilliant. Some really good ideas and a great yarn.

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Starts off promising, but then devolves into a preposterous mess. A priest and his mates go to space to meet the aliens.

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The Perfect Juxtaposition of Science and Faith

"The Sparrow" is a captivating narrative that delves deep into complex themes of faith, pre-determinism, and endurance, provoking contemplation. It expertly juxtaposes the realms of science and religion, as well as the dichotomies of meaning and chaos, pain and joy. Instead of steering readers toward a specific mindset, the book skillfully presents a diverse array of perspectives, leaving them, perhaps intentionally, no more resolute in their beliefs by the end of the journey. This thought-provoking work is a compelling read or listen, making it a must for enthusiasts of science fiction, theology, or anyone seeking intellectual stimulation.

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Enjoyable listen

Took a little time to get going but once it did i really enjoyed the characters and the ending

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Absolutely awful

Could not finish. Narration was good but the story was horrible, like really bad case of autism

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Incredible

Perhaps the only book I would ever label as perfection, and undoubtedly my new favourite book. I truly don't think I've ever been as emotionally impacted by a book as much as this, but I was truly left sobbing at the end; not just because of tragedy within the plot, but because it's such a masterful, emotionally charged book that you can't help but be deeply affected. Even a week after finishing it, I still think about it daily. Truly a masterclass in writing believable, authentic and compelling characters. The narration is utterly fantastic and lives up to the incredible quality of the writing itself. Do yourself a favour and listen to The Sparrow!

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Amazing

Best book I listened to in a while, amazing concept in theology, loved how thought provoking it was.

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