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The abridged audio version of Mary Doria Russell's sequel to The Sparrow is read by actor Stephen Lang, of Last Exit to Brooklyn fame, whose deep, dramatic voice perfectly suits this tale full of loss and redemption, despair, and hope. Children of God continues the story of Father Emilio Sandoz, the Jesuit priest whose faith was brutally tested when he was maimed and raped, and witnessed the deaths of his friends on the faraway planet of Rakhat. Sandoz has begun the long, slow work of healing body and soul, finding some measure of happiness in his new life. He finds himself an unwilling member of a second mission to Rakhat, where survivor Sophia Mendez struggles to live in a world torn by genocidal strife between the Runa and Jana'ata. Children of God is a respectable sequel to a brilliant first novel, one that brings back and further develops beloved characters, and adds depth to an already thoroughly realized world. Lang perfectly captures each character, using flawless accents and a broad range of emotion to bring a new immediacy to the story. (Running time: five hours, four cassettes) --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Russell follows her speculative first novel, The Sparrow, with a sequel that will please even readers new to her interplanetary missionaries. Having returned from a disastrous, 21st-century expedition to the planet Rakhat, Jesuit Father Emilio Sandoz, the sole survivor of the mission, faces public rage over the order's part in the war between the gentle Runa and the predatory Jana'ata?fury more than matched by the priest's own self-hatred and religious disillusionment. In the sequel, he is forced to return to Rakhat with a new expedition more interested in profits than prophets. When they discover the planet in turmoil and the Runa precariously in power, the temptation to interfere is more than they can withstand. As in her first book, Russell uses the entertaining plot to explore sociological, spiritual, religious, scientific and historical questions. Misunderstandings between cultures and people are at the heart of her story. It is, however, the complex figure of Father Sandoz around which a diverse interplanetary cast orbits, and it is the intelligent, emotional and very personal feud between Father Sandoz and his God that provides energy for both books. 50,000 first printing; BOMC selection; audio rights to Random House Audio; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Children of God” is the less satisfying sequel to Mary Doria Russell’s brilliant “The Sparrow.” Russell’s conceit with the two novels is to take the history of Jesuit missions... Read morePublished 6 days ago by M. L. Asselin
Not as good as original but interesting with good resolution. A little too much reflection of religion and philosophy.Published 7 days ago by lynn davis
As beautiful a story as the first novel! I'm satisfied that Emilio's "Why??" Is ambiguously answered. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Yvonne Van Eijk
After reading The Sparrow, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as well-written as its counterpart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stacie M. Meisner
After reading "The Sparrow" which I thoroughly enjoyed, I had to read this novel. Mary Doria Russell is an excellent, imaginative author. I am reading all her books.Published 1 month ago by psg
I loved this book so much. It had a beautiful mixture of science and spirituality, both treated with respect. It was deeply moving, insightful and a fabulous read.Published 1 month ago by Rachel Van Asch
This is the third reading of this series. I loved the book and the premise. My brother-in- law is a retired lawyer and court commissioner and loves to read . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy A Schloemer
I liked that the book explained events that occurred in The Sparrow and did not go for the predictable end. It resolved issues and allowed for optimism and renewed faith.Published 1 month ago by R Blow
I just finished reading this book (after already reading the other one) then I sobbed for 15 minutes straight. Not because I disliked the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sophie Shopper