This book is the late author’s paean to his family’s home in Lebanon, built by his great grandfather. It is a heartfelt story that Shadid uses to tell of the physical reconstruction of the house and the metaphysical rebirth of Lebanon and the larger Middle East. Along the way, he recounts his family’s history and describes the Lebanese culture that has been lost since the civil war of the 1970s. Narrator Neil Shah has a deep, nasal-tinged voice that meshes beautifully with the author’s lyrical words. He uses a subtle approach, reading with purpose and force but never overpowering the story. Shah also flawlessly pronounces the Lebanese names and places, lending credibility and authenticity to his effort. It’s a marvelous book complemented by a first-rate narration. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9781455156610 $32.95 Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781455156627 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781455156634 multiple sources
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9781455156603 $105.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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