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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49,436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781415939574
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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 book like flashes of heat lightening.


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Quotes & Awards

  • "A rare and spellbinding web of dreams. Time

  • Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic, it transports the reader to another world . . . . Ondaatje's most probing examination yet of the nature of identity. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Mr. Ondaatje [is] one of North America's finest novelists . . . . The spell of his haunted villa remains with us, inviting us to reread passages for the pure pleasure of being there. Wall Street Journal

  • Winner of the 1992 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 1992 Trillium Book Award
  • Winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent prose.I read it twice to fully appreciate it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " Beautiful prose, but I couldn't always find the characters very believable. Is it even possible to self-inject with thumbs? Was it possible to serve as a nurse at age 20? I don't know, but there was a lot about this that wasn't really very realistic. I most enjoyed the intrigue surrounding the Egypt storyline. Thought that using the race card to explain Kip's breakdown in the end was kind of lame. It would be equivalent to a white American losing it over some major wrong done to France, a culture that considers itself superior to all others, just because they share the same race. More believable to have just been stressed by the absolute totality of the atom bomb -- no chance to defuse, no second chance, no chance for survival. Is there any validity to the point that the a-bomb was not used on Europe? Probably, but there was also a lot going on with the timing of the readiness for actual use. I just think that the Kip character would have been more bothered by an a-bomb making his life-saving skills worthless and, therefore, himself just as worthless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/2/2014

    " I read this originally in high school and loved the romantic story and conflict set against the war backdrop.... After rereading it, I still do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/30/2014

    " Love this story but I prefer the movie to the book which almost never happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/28/2014

    " I hesitate to rate a book that I didn't finish reading... but if I don't, I'll never have any books rated 1 or 2. I stopped reading after the forth f-bomb (the beginning of Part II). It was really slow moving and I was ready to stop wasting my time anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bella | 1/22/2014

    " Even though I thought the film was good, the book is just so much better. It is a beautiful and complex novel with two intermingled story lines which are separate in time and place. This is a book which should be read slowly in order to fully savor Ondaatje's beautiful language which transports us to another time and place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaherzad ahmadi | 1/20/2014

    " By large and far one of my favorite books. It's even better than the movie - and that's saying something. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Damien McQueen | 1/19/2014

    " The worst kind of pretentious, literary fluff it has ever been my misfortune to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dulce | 1/6/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favourite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Walls | 12/30/2013

    " I know I am supposed to love this book because everyone else did, but I did not. I found the story slow-moving and depressing. I was not engaged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/3/2013

    " Decent. The book was better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonni-Ann | 11/29/2013

    " Hard to get into but once it got going well worth it. Nice transition book from Atlas to 50 shades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justinbwood | 11/23/2013

    " Flat out one of the finest books ever written. Stands toe to toe with any classic. Ondaatje has such remarkable sensitivity as a writer and creates a wonderful, poetic work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/9/2013

    " Holy cow. Having seen the movie years ago, but knowing nothing about Ondaatje, I was totally unprepared for the fearsome intelligence that pervades this achingly beautiful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Buck | 8/25/2013

    " I think this may be the only novel that I enjoyed less than the film... Unfortunate really as it is such a beautiful story. I found the novel too remote at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seaver | 1/23/2013

    " I trudged through this book, got to the last page, closed the cover, and hurled it across the room. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 10/20/2012

    " Just read this book last month. Such a beautiful writer Ondaatje is. I envy him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gopa Thampi | 6/8/2012

    " Friendship, Romance and Race conspire with destiny in this beautifully written work "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliana | 5/27/2012

    " Really I was waiting for more when I started this book, I thught in some parts it was difficult to follow or simply boring... Maybe I should watch the movie .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/7/2012

    " Read it in High School my Senior year. Beautiful language. Everything means something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 4/11/2012

    " Confusing story, very confusing ending. A lot of jumping around from past to present and other places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Wightman | 1/27/2012

    " At the end of World War Two, four people come together in Tuscany, all with shattering stories that are retold. Very dense language, very beautiful, hard to read more than a few pages at a time. Absorbing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 1/24/2012

    " I loved this book. It was complex, beautifully written, passionate. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Griffith | 12/24/2011

    " Both the book and the movie are outstanding. For discussion of the similarities and differences between books and movies, see Ondaatje and Murch's conversations, a fascinating read that provides insight into the creative process in both areas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/18/2011

    " Read it in High School my Senior year. Beautiful language. Everything means something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/16/2011

    " I'm totally caught up in this, even though I saw the movie, that was years and years ago. Feel totally new. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/14/2011

    " Man did I hate this book. And I loved the movie! Stylistically pretentious crapola. I struggled and
    skimmed to the end because I was curious about plot differences with the movie. And there were some
    major ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Ondaatje is a poet and masterful story-teller. Lots of emotion and depth. And history. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/9/2011

    " Evocative, soulful and romantic. This is one of my favorite novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marigold | 5/7/2011

    " One of the few books that I liked the movie version of better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/3/2011

    " I wish that I had read this book before I watched the movie. While the book is very good, I was utterly moved by the movie and coudn't seprate it from the book as I was reading it. Such depth and emotion in each character. One of my favorites on a purely emotional side! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/3/2011

    " I read this book because my daughter was assigned to read it for a High School lit class. While, it was an interesting story and very well written, there was too much sexual description. I was disappointed that this was chosen for a High School class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nullaesomines | 4/29/2011

    " Had to re read this one. Its been awhile. A master piece. I dont want to even try to put words to it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 4/25/2011

    " A poem. An epic. A historical fiction. A fictionalized history. It's about romance. It's about war. It's about the tenderness of love against the brutality of humanity. It guides the readers through a dark tunnel with no light at the end. "

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

    " I really liked reading this book. The story was interesting, although it did jump around in time a bit and challenged the reader to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oskar | 4/19/2011

    " Beautifully written. Epic and descriptive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sabrina | 4/15/2011

    " I cheated here. Can't really say I 'read' it because I fell asleep NUMEROUS times. Most boring book. Ever. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir, and eleven books of poetry. His novel, The English Patient, won the Booker Prize and became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.