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The English Patient | [Michael Ondaatje]

The English Patient

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.
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Publisher's Summary

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

© Michael Ondaatje; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wears the triple crown: it is profound, beautiful and heart-quickening." (Toni Morrison)
"There are books that change the shape of literature. The English Patient is such a book." (Books in Canada)
"A magic carpet ride of a novel that soars across worlds and times....A rare and spellbinding net of dreams." (Time)

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    Maura Tucson, AZ, USA 04-13-07
    Maura Tucson, AZ, USA 04-13-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Read the Unabridged Version"

    I didn't notice that this was an abridged version of the book. While I thought it was beautifully written and beautifully read by Ralph Fiennes, I was disappointed in not getting to listen to the entire book. I suggest you either read the book, or wait till an unabridged version comes out.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Galt, CA, USA 08-31-09
    Sarah Galt, CA, USA 08-31-09
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    "Beautiful"

    I've read the book several times, and this audio book narated by Ralph Fiennes is beautiful. I only wish the whole audio book was narated by Ralph Fiennes

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LETHA DUNN 12-24-12
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    "Remarkable storytelling unfortunately abridged"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend highly to anyone who values an exquisite tragedy. This is a remarkable story about what war does to the human heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language, the openness of Hana, the desert.


    What about Ralph Fiennes’s performance did you like?

    His voice is rich and delicious with a worldly quality that serves Ondaatje's prose well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, too good to step away from.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish it was the full text! Too brief, missing some of the beauty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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