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The Reader Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Reader (Unabridged), by Bernhard Schlink
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.97 (78,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernhard Schlink Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder. Download and start listening now!


Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by amee maree | 2/18/2014

    " Poignant and thought-provoking. I've wanted to read this since I saw the movie... Was not disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Izzy Rey | 2/18/2014

    " Before it is gum, chicle is a tasteless sticky base. Add synthetic flavors and sugars: chicle turns to gum. I find gum disappointing. The flavor doesn't last. This book is chicle. It bored me and it had little in the way of style. Characters with no moxie. Plot isn't enough to save it from two stars. My jaw got sore for nothing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jaimie | 2/18/2014

    " It's been a few years since I tackled any fictional works from the post war German era that attempt to deal with the past, but I am glad that I chose this book to take the plunge with. The premise of the novel begins with an illicit love affair between a 16 and a 36 year old, but this is seriously not the value of the book (even though I'm sure veiled eroticism is what got it listed as an Oprah book club pick). The larger themes of overcoming the past are overarching, but what struck me was how humanely Hanna (a former concentration camp guard) is portrayed. Her lifelong lie to hide her illiteracy which is the cause of her eventual prison sentence (because she would rather retain her dignity than admit that she was incapable of commiting the crimes of which she is accused) gives the reader a chance to see the human face behind a person who would normally just be labelled as a Nazi collaborator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jawe Querimit | 2/8/2014

    " I fell in love with this book. And I don't think there will ever be a perfect word that can describe it. "

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About the Author
Author Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

About the Narrator

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.