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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Galloway Narrator: Gareth Armstrong Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 2/12/2014

    " Excellent character development in such a short book. Three people's stories linked by the shared experience of Sarajevo under siege. Horrible and fascinating all at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 2/11/2014

    " Beautiful, haunting reflection on humanity during war. Utterly captivating and poignant. Do you need anymore adjectives to understand how much I loved this book?! This was one of the best book recommendations I ever received. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Clapp | 2/5/2014

    " The description above is perfect.. I can say little more except that it will have forever changed the way I listen to the news of far away places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 2/1/2014

    " Simple beautiful language about the war in Sarajevo. his insights into how average people survive and the thoughts they have as they are continually aware of snipers in the hills around their city. I kept cringing thinking 'this is where he's going to be shot' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia Roddin | 1/29/2014

    " This book was a very powerful story about humanity and war and the glimmer of hope. Very touching and thought-provoking, although the story is a little slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Bonetti | 1/23/2014

    " Moving, disturbing, yet inspiring. What a mess is war! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/20/2014

    " Slower than I anticipated. Interesting viewpoints from three distinct characters. Depressing if you let it get to you but also inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chet Herbert | 1/19/2014

    " A hauntingly beautiful meditation on what it means to be human and maintain civility in a barbarous world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delila | 1/19/2014

    " An unforgettable story of heroism, survival, and courage. It transports readers back in history, to a time of hope amidst of darkness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceej47 | 1/12/2014

    " Had this book for ages and just hadn't got round to it- well it was great. Very poignant but beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki Stolis | 12/30/2013

    " Beautifully written... haunting book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Db | 12/28/2013

    " Seldom have I been as moved as I was by this story. I understand it is not totally true, but it certainly is based on what happened at that time in Sarajevo. I cannot fathom why humans do this to one another, or how some rise above the hatred and pain. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 11/24/2013

    " This was an interesting book. I liked the heroine. I kept getting the two male characters mixed up because their stories were so similar. The author did a good job describing the fear and horror of daily living in a city under seige. Not cheerful or particularly uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maja | 11/7/2013

    " Beautiful book. Something that we cannot understand - war, people not being able to walk around without being afraid for their lives.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surbhee | 8/31/2013

    " It's a beautiful book which captures what the natives would have gone through the long drawn conflict in the country. It touches your heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katierogers | 8/1/2012

    " Didn't like this at first, but it ended up being a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenicw Wilson | 5/21/2012

    " I have found that this book stays on my mind. I wonder if those who have lived through such a war ever take anything for granted again. It haunts me a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/16/2012

    " Wanted to like this more than I did "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/22/2012

    " Very well written and definitely brought the war to life for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Nicholson | 12/4/2011

    " I read this book all at once, could not put it down. My heart raceed throughout. Can you imagine this happening in your town, no not hear in America, or could this be a forwarning? At times we all have to make decisions and make choices, we can only hope we make the right ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 11/28/2011

    " Very interesting and historically acurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 5/22/2011

    " This novel portrays the lives of four people trapped up in the war. Under assault every day, we see how each one copes with the sitation and how their lives are affected. It shows how expecially horrifying it to those living at the scene. It is so unnecessary and wrong. "

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

    " Really want to give this 4.5 stars - need that option often. Excellent small book with large heart and soul. Presents both surprising and unsurprising perspectives on war, humanity and inhumanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciara | 5/14/2011

    " A story told by four people living in war-torn Sarajevo. The character studies alone turn this into one of the most memorable books I have ever read. The last words haunted me for the longest time. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 5/14/2011

    " Follows the lives of four people during the Seige of Sarejavo in the 90's--how each one manages to stay human in the face of inhumanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoyed the various perspectives of the war, and the narrative really kept me going. I found the ending a bit disappointing though. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it was a bit of a let down after such a tremendous build-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 5/3/2011

    " Very good story that reads like nonfiction. Four people living in Sarajevo during the early 90s. Each person has a different story, a different life. All four of the stories share a thread. How each person deals with the war and saving their humanity creates a very thoughtful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 5/1/2011

    " a good book. gave me a clear perspective about what happened in the 90's in Sarajevo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 4/27/2011

    " I thought the author did a good job of conveying what it was like to be a civilian in Sarajevo during the war and the horror citizens had to endure just to cross the street. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/25/2011

    " Provided interesting discussion but was a downer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat - | 4/21/2011

    " A beautiful book, a complete joy to read. The images and story stay with you long after you have finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 4/19/2011

    " This beautifully brooding fictionalized account of the siege of Sarajevo kept me turning the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rjchaussee | 4/11/2011

    " a beautifully written haunting account of the daily shelling of the City of Sarajevo and the
    varied response of citizens.
    The author sets the novel with 4 main characters and tells us how war changes them--in good and bad
    \ways. "

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About the Author
Author Steven GallowaySteven Galloway lives in British Columbia and teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was an IndieBound and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection and has been chosen for community reads across the country.
About the Narrator

Gareth Armstrong is a professional actor and stage performer with a number of appearances in cult-classic television favorites to his credit, including Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora, Witchcraft, Star One, and Hammer House of Horror, in which he played Dr. Melburg.