The Sparrow

The Sparrow

Audiobook CD - 1996 | Unabridged
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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.

Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md : Recorded Books, p1996, c1996
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781423356271
Branch Call Number: RUS
Characteristics: 13 compact discs (ca. 15 hrs.)


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May 25, 2015

So much about this book was annoying. The superficial relationships between all the characters that were occasionally punctuated by 'deep' talks. The constant mixing of parent/child emotions with lovers emotions. The lovers triangle that was resolved so oddly. The dramatic ending that was no big surprise and honestly was only as dramatic as it was because he was a guy.
That said, I did like it. I loved the concept of the story and the license this gave the author to explore religion and civilization.

Feb 17, 2012

This is a well-written book, full of details and great characters. However, a warning as this book also details the torture of the main character.

Dec 06, 2011

If you can get through the first couple of chapters, this is a great story. You just have to settle into the jumps in time. Loved the characters and the ending was not at all what I expected.

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