The Reader (Audio Cassette)
Random House Audio, 9780375408281
Publication Date: March 30, 1999
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/10/2008)
Mass Market Paperback (12/30/2008)
Compact Disc (11/25/2008)
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Read by Campbell Scott
3 cassettes / aprox. 4 1/2 hours
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, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover. She enthralls him with her passion, but puzzles him with her odd silences. Then she inexplicably disappears.
When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. But as he watches her refuse to defend herself, , Michael gradually realizes that his former lover may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.
Praise For The Reader…
"Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful. . . . The Reader leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart." --The New York Times Book Review