• by Jose Saramago
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The late Nobel laureate's final novel, a radical retelling of the Old Testament.
In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Jobe's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood. And over and over again Cain encounters an unjust, even cruel God. A startling, beautifully written, and powerful book, in all ways a fitting end to Saramago's extraordinary career.


What the Critics Say

"Reading the Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, one quickly senses the presence of a master." (Christian Science Monitor)
"Saramago is the most tender of writers...with a clear-eyed and compassionate acknowledgment of things as they are, and a quality that can only be termed wisdom." (New York Times)
"Narrator Kevin Pariseau is the perfect choice to deliver this book. His dry reading style is in perfect harmony with the author's droll humor. Pariseau uses variations in tone and pitch to differentiate the characters, which helps the listener follow the extensive cast introduced throughout. While the pace of the prose is fast, the audio journey is carefully managed, so the narration is never rushed." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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god awful narrator

What didn’t you like about Kevin Pariseau’s performance?

this is probably a wonderful story but the narrator's smirky, snide tone just ruins Saramago's subtle poetic observations. Wish I had listened to the preview before I bought it, it's like listening to nails on a chalk board, not sure I can get through the whole thing.

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- TL "tlc"

A rare misstep for a literary master

I love reading books written by Jose Saramago. I find him both insightful and tremendously amusing. It is a rare talent that can write the way he can.
Unfortunately, Cain was a rare misstep. It is full of bitterness and hate. I understand that people have different views on God. I am perfectly willing and appreciate reading or listening to others views. The problem with Cain is that Saramago doesn't set up a good argument. He starts by claiming that God is evil and then goes on to show again and again that God cannot be trusted and that nothing good can come of any dealings with God.
I do not fault Saramago for his stance. I have read other books that portray God in a less than favorable light and have loved them.
The trick is that the argument needs to be balanced. Both good and bad need to be shown and then the reader is free to make up his own mind. Here we get nothing but propaganda. There is no intelligent argument, prevalent in all other Saramago works, there is only the one-sided rantings of a bitter man.
This books pains me and writing a bad review for a novel by my favorite author pains me more. Alas, I cannot in good conscience say that this book is anywhere near what Saramago is capable of.
I expected a lot more.
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- Harry "Pseudo-Writer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios