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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 23 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.


  • Erik P

    Exceptional story, and exceptional narration!

  • Sam Feigenbaum

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

  • 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

  • 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.