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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49,509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Ralph Fiennes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9780739343951
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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 Denae | 2/19/2014

    " I re-read this and it is even more beautiful than I remembered. The descriptions and uses of language amaze me. I also think having read "In the Skin of a Lion" added to the experience for me. Absolutely one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Johnson | 2/3/2014

    " excellent book, a riveting read full of fascinating diversions off the path of the story. love ondaatje cat's table and anil's ghost too "

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

    " It was a good story, lots of subtle references to what had happened and might be happening. It was interesting how the four characters linked to one another but were still seperate of the others. It was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Bynum | 1/18/2014

    " This is the first book I ever made black with underlines, circles, stars and comments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Z | 1/12/2014

    " Backpacking in Michigan's UP, thinking of Italy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Sherman | 1/9/2014

    " Very good book! The toss between the four characters. Love and betrayal being key elements! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/9/2014

    " Also loved the visually rich film. Enjoyed the love story as well as historical insights of Herodotus and of the British training programs to defuse bombs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dixie Swanson | 1/7/2014

    " Oh, dear me, I didn't find this book all it was cracked up to be. Too much navel gazing in a time when there wasn't time for n.g. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 11/25/2013

    " A top 10 all-time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Werth | 11/22/2013

    " One of the few books in my life that made me cry. So much more than the movie. It really made me realize the futility of national borders when it comes to humanity and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aud | 11/11/2013

    " This book had a profound effect on me during my 30s. I saw relationships in a new way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seaver | 11/11/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Biogeek | 7/23/2013

    " An absolute beauty of a book which is worth reading just to see how different the screen version is. Richly populated with characters and poetically written, this is a story about remembering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mairi_k | 7/5/2013

    " Love it - particularly the tricky multiple endings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Stergar | 3/13/2013

    " Interesting story. Still could think about the ending and try to come up with something I liked better. Left a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn't get rid of. I believe I told my mom something like "worst ending ever".. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 3/12/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Wasson | 2/23/2013

    " Beautiful prose. Touching story. One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amberjack | 9/29/2012

    " Beautiful, like reading a dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neva | 9/6/2012

    " I'm not one to read many romances, but this one is a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen C | 5/13/2012

    " The book was far superior to the movie. I almost wish I hadn't watched the later. "

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

    " Great book, but still love the movie way more- so thank you Book for bringing about Movie, and thank you Movie for having Ralph Fiennes. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Laura Edlund | 10/31/2011

    " This book grew on me after I got past the first couple of chapters. Being stuck on a long drive with nothing else to listen to may have helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Watercutter | 9/25/2011

    " I LOVE this book. I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's not the easiest book to read straight through, the details can boggle you down, but the story is WORTH it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dane | 8/29/2011

    " Rich layers, wonderfully unfolded. Dreamy. "

  • 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. "

  • 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

Ralph Fiennes is a two-time Academy Award nominee, first nominated for his role in the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List. His role in that film earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Award, as well as honors from numerous other film critics organizations. His second nomination was for The English Patient. His other film credits include The Reader, The Hurt Locker, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Skyfall, and many more.