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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,713 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine Brooks Narrator: Edwina Wren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781429592437
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, this is the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war.

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, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of both sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity and is an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Lin | 2/19/2014

    " Very interesting structure to the book, and learned a lot about the particular times in history where the book took place (definitely recommend reading a wiki on the Ottoman Empire, Spanish Inquisition, and Bosnia) My one critique is that certain references to historical past events feel a little too modern for me to suspend my disbelief, especially ones being told in the first person. Otherwise, a rich read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/8/2014

    " It gets EVEN better each time I re-read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 1/30/2014

    " I expected so much more from this book. It's really just a collection of short stories that are connected to a book ... but there's not common theme or thread. I only finished it because it was a "book club" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Guy | 1/16/2014

    " I thought the book was great! Loved the characters, the set up of the book, the ending - all were excellent! I listened to the audio book from Penguin Audio... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey K. | 1/14/2014

    " If you liked Dan Brown's books, then I know you will enjoy this one! I enjoyed it way more than Dan Brown. People of the Book is the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an actual book whose creation was between 1480 and 1492. It is the fictitious story of all the people throughout history who helped create the book, or had something to do with the book's travel throughout time. It was very well-researched and fascinating. I am planning to read more of Geraldine Brooks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It had different stories across time but tied together so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C Christensen | 1/10/2014

    " Rich, complex, and well-done with just enough intrigue. It's one of those books that I will miss the characters now that it's done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitte | 12/16/2013

    " Now that I have finished the audiobook, which was very well done by the reader, I intend to read the hard copy next! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 11/30/2013

    " One of the worst books I have ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Goldfinch | 10/21/2013

    " Great characters and intriguing plot - I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma Bush | 7/24/2013

    " I love this book. I have listened to the audio book 3 times (and read the book once). I think it is Geraldine Brooks' best book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/3/2013

    " One of the best books I've read all year. Highly recommend this book to my friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Porter | 1/24/2013

    " typical Patterson script...too many killings even for a serial killer.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Cunningham | 12/18/2012

    " Wonderful read. I was completely involved with the characters and their stories. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy A | 11/15/2012

    " Complex but fascinating. I think I need to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 9/7/2012

    " Excellent book - highly recommend this as a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 7/29/2012

    " This was one of the best books I've read. We covered it in book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Eason | 7/10/2012

    " Intriguing. Based on a real find - an ancient Haggadah. The author takes you back in fictional history searching for the beginnings of the book through the search of the young woman set the task of restoring the book. The question is - does the book do the same for her? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirka Breen | 4/13/2012

    " You get a few books in one with Brooks' People of the Book. The many stops in history are united by an over-arching modern tale. If the Da Vinci Code were a literary novel, it would be more like this book. Tour-de-force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 4/12/2012

    " A lovely read - clever intertwining of past history and peoples with present day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 12/19/2011

    " I thought it was a terrific book. Read the other 4 star reviews, some folks seemed unhappy but that happens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 7/12/2011

    " Fascinating, great technical info about making and conserving books through the ages. Marvelous historical background. I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dejah | 7/11/2011

    " There are parts of this book that will haunt me. Beautifully researched & written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/4/2011

    " Thanks to Sherrie and Trish, I've found a newly-beloved author. Book conservation isn't something I've ever thought about, but the details of the craft were fascinating. I am quite ignorant of the political, cultural, and ethnic issues in the book, but I still enjoyed reading about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 5/24/2011

    " A must read mix of fact and fiction about the early days of Harvard college and the first two American Indian students,, written beautifully and carefully researched by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/20/2011

    " A well-written, well-researched, attention-holding historical novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/19/2011

    " Loved it. Geraldine Brooks is such a wonderful storyteller. I found myself so engrossed that I read well into the night. It doesn't follow the path I thought it would but it follows history, as well as it can. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 5/18/2011

    " She is such a great writer. Engrossed after 5 pages. "

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