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  • Crescent

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Diana Abu-Jaber
    • Narrated By Nike Doukas, Marcelo Tubert
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Half-Iraqi, half-American Sirine is a cook at Nadia's Cafe, which draws the neighborhood's Arab students, expatriates, and exiles. All are hungry for "real true Arab food" and connection to their homes. One is Hanif Al Eyad, a new hire in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the university who fled Iraq as a young man. Sirine and Han fall in love over food: a baklava they make together, delicate lamb dishes, hummus glistening with olive oil....

    Fran says: "Crescent"
    "Narrator robs the text of its poetry"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a fascinating story that could have made a very provocative, engaging read. Unfortunately, the flat-line monotony and nasal tones of the reader's "Sirene" allow none of the poetic flow or emotion of the language to shine through. It is very difficult not to drift off in the middle of her unvaried cadence.


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