The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje
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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 audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.
Dito: 2 Stars for the “abridged” copy – 5 stars for the “unabridged” copy
Don’t cheat your self by purchasing the “abridged” copy. The book is a 5 star book but the “abridged” version is like listening to a great piece of jazz after it was placed in a shedder. The music and poetry of the book is lost in the abridged version. Spend the extra money and time on the “unabridged” copy, I wish I had.
Book is great, but don't get abridged version
This book is amazing, and if you're going to take the time to listen to it, listen to the whole thing - it's well worth it. The abridged version is just not worth the money. As for the price of the unabridged audio, it's very expensive. This is the kind of book that is better to read than listen to anyway (it has many different stories that coincide and time is not linear - it's nice to go back and read certain passages for clarification before moving on to the rest of the book), and the paperback is cheaper than the unabridged audio version. So, although I recommend the book, I don't recommend the abridged version or really any audio version - it's just not the kind of book you can listen to as you do something mindless but that requires some attention, like driving, and still get something out of the book.