Narrator Edwina Wren is an Australian, as are this book’s author and its heroine, Hannah Heath. So that’s a match. Hannah is flown to war-torn Sarajevo to restore an ancient, priceless Haggadah. The sacred manuscript has been sent like a cork down the bloody torrent of history. The story’s characters and accents vary widely, and Wren rises magnificently to the challenge. The German officers don’t just want the manuscript, they “vont” it. “Let me see your chewish manuscripts . . .” Wren’s agile liquid voice is dipped in sugar. This too is a match, since the survival of the text is proof of the heroic ecumenism of book lovers. The opening inscription is from Henrich Heine: “There, where one burns books, one in the end burns men.” B.H.C. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 08]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2008
CD ISBN 978-0143142980 $39.95 Twelve CDs
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2008
CS ISBN 978-1-4332-1268-0 $79.95 Ten cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4332-1269-7 $99.00 Twelve CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4332-1270-3 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
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