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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paolo Giordano Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698180123
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From the bestselling author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers comes a searing novel of war and the journey from youth into manhood.

In Paolo Giordano’s highly-awaited new novel, a platoon of young men and one woman soldier leaves Italy for one of the most dangerous places on earth. Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan is nothing but an exposed sandpit scorched by inescapable sunlight and deadly mortar fire.

Each member in the platoon manages the toxic mix of boredom and fear that is life at the FOB in his own way. Brash Cederna shamelessly picks on the virgin Ietri. Giulia Zampieri seemingly navigates this male-dominated world with ease—until two male comrades start vying for her attention. And for medical officer Alessandro Egitto, the FOB serves as an escape from a real life even more dangerous than one fought with guns. At night, lying on their beds, they feel the beat of their own hearts, the ceaseless activity of the human body. But when a much-debated mission goes devastatingly awry, the soldiers find their lives changed in an instant.

A heartrending, redemptive story about brotherhood and family, modern war and the wars we wage with ourselves, Paolo Giordano’s visceral novel reminds us what it is to be human.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of sensitivity and intelligence. The Human Body is a brilliant addition to the literature of our modern wars.”

    Kevin Powers, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Giordano has magnificently captured the surreal existence of the modern soldier….with an authenticity and appreciation of the absurd that very few novelists writing about men stumbling about the business of war have achieved.”

    Scott Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A stunning exploration of war. Giordano makes the tedium of combat fascinating with his well-drawn characters…The fact that the mission runs off the rails is almost secondary to the beauty, texture, and acuity with which Giordano captures the day-to-day routines of the soldiers and their efforts to make sense of both their lives in Italy and their military assignment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Despite the tragic events, this is a very entertaining novel, with the characters’ innate and passionate sense of the absurdity of their situation, and of life itself, evident in every scene. The fast-paced, present-tense narrative seems to have been translated accurately to capture the nuances of emotion and drama conveyed by the highly intelligent and perceptive Giordano.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • The Human Body is a memorable entry in the literature of the Afghan war, the characters crisply drawn and the writing full of telling details.”


  • “Giordano’s unorthodox Afghanistan war novel is short on action but rich in psychological insight…As the title suggests, the book is less about military heroism than the devastating human impact of combat. Well observed and compassionate, this is a memorable look at imperfect people in extreme circumstances.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The boredom, horror, and hope of war come together beautifully in Edoardo Ballerini’s performance. Not one moment of the suffering of Italian soldiers sent to Afghanistan or their families is lost to Ballerini. Their emotional distress is as poignant as the moments of dark comedy…In other hands, these shifts from tragedy to humor (dark though it is) might be confusing or even lost on listeners, but Ballerini is able to relate a strange idea hinted at throughout the story: Tragedy and levity are sometimes the same thing. This novel is by no means a comedy, but Ballerini is justified in acknowledging the farcical moments that appear throughout the story.”


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About the Author

Paolo Giordano is the author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the youngest person ever to win Italy’s prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega. Giordano has a PhD in particle physics and is now a full time writer. He lives in Italy.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.