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The Cellist of Sarajevo | [Steven Galloway]

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.
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Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel. Against this, the author touchingly describes three ordinary townspeople and their efforts to retain their humanity, sanity and autonomy as war takes hold of their lives. This bestselling novel is immediate, vivid and deeply affecting on audiobook, fully immersing the listener in the havoc of war.

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    JLynn New York, NY, United States 06-22-11
    JLynn New York, NY, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Engrossing and Enlightening"

    I got this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend. I was glad I did. An enlightening look on the history and atrocities that took place in Sarajevo. At times truly sad, at other times bright spots of humor that showed humanity can still exist even in the most inhumane of situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 11-22-12
    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "One wonders if humans will ever be civilized"

    I'm very pleased to have the experience of this book. The cello music adds much to this particular story. It gives room for thought when the voice of the cello is there instead of the words.

    The book is well crafted to make one think. The performance is excellent.

    Could I be the cellist? What kind of life is my life? How would I behave? What makes any of us worthy of life, love, food, water, music? With war everywhere in all times, one can almost feel the weight of evil pushing from all directions. This book takes ideas of life, hope, and fear and braids them into some understanding of what war really is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan colorado springs, CO, United States 11-05-12
    Joan colorado springs, CO, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story comes alive!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Because hearing the music of the Cellist in the background brought the story alive and set the mood for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arrow. She was a fighter and didn't just accept her situation. She was brave to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favorite?

    Arrow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was saddened by the reality and the emotions of the individual characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Burlington, KY, United States 02-21-13
    Dan Burlington, KY, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an avid audiobook listener since 2007. I prefer non-fiction but I also branch out to fiction from time to time.

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    "It just wandered off and didn't really conclude"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Galloway again?

    Maybe but this story really just seemed to drag and there didn't seem to be a connection between the various stories


    What didn’t you like about Gareth Armstrong’s performance?

    it was overly dramatic and i had to speed up the playback setting


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The time period and the conflict in Bosnia is still a very interesting topic to me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13
    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Man' Inhumanity to Man"

    Sad reflection on the human's inability to stop wars and the book demonstrates how close to the "brink" a civilized society can be.

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    Elaine Canada 05-08-12
    Elaine Canada 05-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As expected"

    Certainly takes you "there". The book is slow and painful but perhaps that is part of the experience. The reading is good - an important element.

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    Courtney Clonch Los Angeles, CA, US 07-15-10
    Courtney Clonch Los Angeles, CA, US 07-15-10
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    "moving and engaging"

    I didn't want to get out of my car I was so engrossed in this novel.

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    Ani Australia 03-07-12
    Ani Australia 03-07-12
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    "Disappointing"

    I had read such good reports about this book but it did not live up to my expectations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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