People of the Book

People of the Book

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The listener is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past as the book's journey is traced from its salvation back to its creation. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is an ambitious, electrifying novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433242717
Branch Call Number: Audio Download--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (840 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Niki72 Jul 08, 2017

There is so much going on in this story, and so many characters to follow. I do like how the author goes back in history and brings the audience relevance information to the present. I am really enjoying this book and will try to listen to others that are available by this author.

JCLHopeH Apr 03, 2017

Loved the way Brooks used the concept of a book's provenance to walk backward in time and share vignettes of various characters in different times, places and circumstances. While this is a work of fiction, I definitely learned some real things about history and human struggle, and it's sparked an interest to learn more.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 01, 2015

Generally I like all her books, but this one will have to grow on me with a repeated read. The narrator is not top of my list.

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dlinden
Apr 25, 2014

Another endorsement of book and reader.

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blue_butterfly_686
Jan 11, 2014

Both the author and the CD reader are gifted. This work is engaging and illuminating!

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JoeClay
Oct 09, 2012

The audiobook must have been rousing as I found the print copy to be unusually trite. Could have been an interesting premise but the main character was so marginally developed it was hard to care much whatever happened. Too bad the author didn't use time/energy to further develop the young jewess taken in by the Muslim family.

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tresjulie
Apr 13, 2012

I consider myself an audio book addict, so I have heard many narrations of books. I was amazed with the narrator...even my boyfriend commented on it. All of these comments about the book are spot on! Great story. I also loved her book The year of Wonders, although this was very different. If you haven't read it, you should check it out.

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mayerjl
Jun 27, 2011

Interesting concept - like the Red Violin of books. Reader was very good!

Smink Mar 22, 2011

I agree, the narrator was brilliant. She really brought the book to life with her intonations and accents. I'm positive I enjoyed this book more as an audio book.

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becker
Nov 22, 2010

Very good narration.

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