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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (78,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernhard Schlink Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A powerful and intense tale of secrets and a hidden past, The Reader is a thrilling book. As a 15-year-old boy in postwar Germany, Michael Berg had a passionate affair with a mysterious, guarded woman twice his age that ended suddenly when she disappeared. Years later, Michael sees her again -- when she is on trial for a terrible crime.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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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