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The Sparrow

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Doria Russell

Narrated By: David Colacci

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: April 2008

Duration: 15 hours 21 minutes


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.


  • Jessica E.

    Story and narration is brilliant! I’ve been a full-cast narration snob so far but, loving the book so much when I read it, I decided to listen again before approaching the sequel. David Colacci is an outstanding match for Mary Doria Russell’s storytelling. **App team note!: for unknown reasons the pace of narration speeds up significantly at the point of 3.5-3 hours remaining. I checked, but had not accidentally increased the speed on my own. It is certainly a surprising change in the experience of the end of the novel and made an impact on my enjoyment

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Erik P

    Exceptional story, and exceptional narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sam Feigenbaum

    Often times a book is only as good as its narration. +5 Stars, both accounts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kate Garland

    I cannot recommend this book enough to sci-fi theology types. An inquiring mind is thoroughly invested start to finish. "Not even the smallest sparrow falls without your father knowing of it.... but the sparrow still falls" The only words I needed to hear to get my hands on this book! I loved the narrator, though there were a few chunks where it sounded like he was sped up? I found this frustrating because I couldn't make the audio be any slower than 1x and it still seemed fast. But the majority of the book is perfect and I could still understand those chunks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Elizabeth Seto

    Brilliantly told story of first contact with extraterrestrial culture. A wrenching experience of what it is to be human, to love deeply, and to try to find meaning in unbearable spiritual suffering. Set in the near future, intellectually fulfilling and challenging, this book is a treasure in the true sense of the word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Katie C.

    This one really surprised me. This isn't a novel I would have reached for, primarily because of the religion. But, it was recommended and I came across the title many times. I almost gave up on reading it after the first couple of chapters but I'm glad I stuck to it. I'm genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's beautifully and eloquently written. The characters are well thought out and three dimensional. The author makes you feel like the characters are people you know in your life, they feel like friends and family. They are believable and even though you learn their fate very early in the novel, I still couldn't help getting attached to them. Emilio is an amazing character and I felt his humor and companionship during the novel and I felt his pain and anguish at the end. The Sparrow has a significant meaning and I'd recommend everyone read it.

  • John D.

    I’m 5 hours into book and no idea what the story is about. No sci fi elements, all religion and a terribly confusing writing style. Total waste of $15 dollars.


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