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Beyond the boundaries of the town of Gost, Croatia, an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life: Laura and her teenage children have arrived. As Duro Kolak, a local handyman, helps with repairs to the old house, they uncover a mosaic beneath the ruined plaster and painstakingly restore it. But Gost is not all it seems; conflicts long past still suppurate beneath the scars.

©2013 Aminatta Forna (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Flawless Narration. Excellent story.

The writing full of nuance and depth, there is a lot of description of how things look, smell and sound. It makes for a very vivid experience - really like watching a film.
The narration was excellent and proved something possible that I had despaired was beyond hoping for. Leadbetter managed to avoid (for an entire book! set in croatia!) putting on a horrible fake accent. He also managed somehow to refrain from using a high pitched annoying voice for the lead female character or a whiny voice for either of the teens. In fact he didn't really do much of putting on voices - instead opting to simply read the book. (what!?) It was glorious. Every actor planning to narrate an audiobook should be forced to listen to this.

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  • 04-02-2014

An insight into the Bosnian Wars

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hired Man to be better than the print version?

There was a genuine atmosphere of uncertainty and threat in the audio version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The most powerful scene was the discovery of the half buried bodies,

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The homeland war

Any additional comments?

This book gave me a greater insight than the history books into what the Homeland War was actually like for those involved.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful