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The Return Audiobook

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2017

Hisham Matar was 19 when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time.

In this heartbreaking, illuminating memoir, he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again. The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss. It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art. It's the story of what it is to be human.

©2016 Hisham Matar (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Suswati 18/04/2017
    Suswati 18/04/2017 Member Since 2016

    Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.

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    "Deeply moving, the horrors of separation"

    A well deserved Pulitzer Prize for Hisham Matar, who speaks bravely about the terrible experiences his family faced under the Gaddafi regime and not knowing the fate of his diplomat father. It is gripping and terrifying to hear how easy it was for the authorities to arrest and kill Libyans at will even on foreign soil and the complicity of western countries that allowed it to happen. Truly a harrowing and stirring listen.

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    FJF 06/02/2017
    FJF 06/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant, beautiful and intimate"

    having Hisham himself as the reader, really transforms this story into a personal conversation.

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    Richard 06/08/2017
    Richard 06/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Let down by poor recording"

    A great book well narrated but is spoiled by poor editing - the final word of each chapter is cut short by the start of the mew chapter. I am suspicious that some paragraphs of recording were also cut out. Not the quality i am used to or expect.

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    Lorraine Cape Town 04/08/2017
    Lorraine Cape Town 04/08/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "I am in love with this author/narrator's voice!"

    I could listen to Hisham Matar's gently accented voice all day and all night. He is a true wordsmith. This is a stunning story with pearls of wisdom and beauty hidden in the deep sadness of loss and despair.

    (Is there a production error? Is chapter 14 repeated, or did I do something strange when I downloaded it?)

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