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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernhard Schlink Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739359259
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A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mother's unwavering—but shaky—history and the possibility of finding his missing father after all these years. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States, and back: finding witnesses, falling in and out of love, chasing fragments of a story and a person who may or may not exist. Within a maze of reinvented identities, Peter pieces together a portrait of a man who uses words as one might use a change of clothing, as he assumes a new guise in any given situation simply to stay alive.

The chase leads Peter to New York City, where he hopes to find the real person behind the disguises. Operating under an assumed identity of his own, Peter unravels the secrets surrounding Columbia University's celebrated political science professor and best-selling author John de Baur, who is known for his incendiary philosophy and the charismatic rapport he has with his students. Terrifying mind games challenge Peter's ability to bring to light the truth surrounding his family history while still holding on to the love of a woman who promises a new life, free of lies and deceit.

Homecoming is a story of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nuit | 2/16/2014

    " Gripping, tense, spare, and frustrating at times -- especially a long section about the protagonist's adventures in the US that could have been felicitously edited. The book leaves you with many questions about 'home-coming' - personal, ethical, historical - that transcends the particular context of post war Germany. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/15/2014

    " I like Schinks books; it is just that I do not remember them in a month or two. They capture your attention, but you'll not re-read them; they are like one night stand-exiting, but not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 2/9/2014

    " Mildly interesting but likely to be more appealing to German/Eastern European readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/6/2014

    " This is the second Schlink book I read this summer. I think I liked "The Reader" a bit better, but this one had a lot to say about struggling through life, looking for patterns in existence (which I think many of us do). I got lost in the middle of the book, then found my way home at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting story - using the Odyssey as a backdrop and homecoming template, young fatherless German comes across a series of clues pointing to the whereabouts of his long-vanished father. The tone of the book is very cold - cruel almost - how his mom and lover have almost no sympathy for his search and in many places attempt to obfuscate it. Enjoyable story but I, and probably most people liked The Reader better. I would love to read some meaningful modern German literature that had no links with the war and the 3rd Reich but I guess that's hoping too much. Overall though, a solid story. The retreat scene comes sort of out of nowhere though - maybe too abruptly and unannounced...and disappears about as quickly. You'll know what I mean when you read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 1/15/2014

    " I really liked the Reader by this author, so was disappointed in this book. Maybe the story lost something in translation from the German. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 12/31/2013

    " This is a wonderful compelling story that takes you from German World War II time to modern age. I loved learning about this character and what made him who he is in this delightful mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Birge | 3/24/2013

    " great story! it reads more and more like a paul auster... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 amber | 1/6/2013

    " no where near as good as 'the reader.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaya Prpic | 12/25/2012

    " A friend in Stuttgart introduced me to Bernard Schlink by giving me "The Reader". I enjoyed Homecoming even more ... maybe because of my own lifelong search for home! ... I am also inspired to re-read The Odyssey ... and I now look forward to being able to read this book in German! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 8/28/2012

    " Not as good as The Reader, but still an interesting read about a guy who searches for information about his father whom he never knew as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 3/1/2012

    " Schlink's books are so cryptic. Since I wasn't reading it quickly, I found myself having to go back over previous chapters to figure out what was happening. Nonetheless, it is a good read that asks come important questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Koon | 12/28/2011

    " Schlink is always good. Well wrought novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mioroslav | 6/28/2011

    " You know how there is books that make you stop all you are doing and just sit down and read. Well this one does the exact opposite - to make you want to do anything but read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 5/22/2011

    " This did not at all turn into the book I thought it would be. I liked how the story began, and the hint that it would lead the protagonist on a journey of discovery. But then it just lost me; I couldn't get behind the story within the story or care as much as I had hoped to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthlea | 4/6/2011

    " The very best Schlink's book! This novel is perfect! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 11/16/2010

    " Well, I suffered through this one, almost giving up, then going back to finish. This book was disjointed and although some parts ere okay, generally I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelsea | 11/1/2010

    " I enjoyed this much more than "The Reader" by the same author. Compelling, twists and turns, confessional and honest with believable characters. It was a treat to watch the evolution of the narrator as he traveled through his own homecoming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 10/23/2010

    " Love this book...we are of the same generation - suffering from German guilt. I felt deeply connected to this story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 10/4/2010

    " They say never judge a book by its cover. Well, this one is an exception because it perfectly models the contents of the book itself. This is a book within in a book, and neither one are great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/9/2010

    " Author of "The Reader" so decided to read this. A bit dark, unsatisfying ending but provokes thought of what is "home" to each of us. "

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About the Author
Author Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.