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The Reader (Unabridged)

by Bernhard Schlink

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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.

Customer Reviews

Definitely Worth The Time!

I listened to this book as soon as I could and found it extremely interesting. But, I'll warn that it is not for anyone uncomfortable with intimate acts. This audiobokk describes, in detail, intimacy more than once. It's also very educational and you won't even notice how much you learn from it. Great book, and I'd recommend it anytime!

Loved it

Although I'm in my mid-twenties, I'm a very conservative gal, so the beginning kind of took me off guard but I stuck it out and absolutely loved it. I recommend it.


Awesome narration, thank you Random House for choosing excellent voice in your audio books. Sweet, romantic story with the author having a lyrical flow to his novel. Highly recommended.

Bernhard Schlink, The Reader (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Campbell Scott
  • Published: 2008
  • Category: Mystery
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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