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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Bbc Radio Collection) Abridged

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins

It is 1941, and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek Island of Cephallonia. At first he is ostracized by the locals, but as a conscientious soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves to be civilized, humorous and a consummate musician...
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Published July 7th 1997 by BBC Worldwide Limited
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What a beautifully written book! I wept; I laughed out loud; I was furious; I was anxious and worried; I gasped in horror; I smiled secret smiles; I rejoiced; I LOVED. All the characters, even the minor ones, come to life. I did think a few chapters could have been edited, as they didn't serve the plot (but DID provide background history of WW II), and I found the ending unsatisfactory. But still, after borrowing it from the library I RAN out and bought it - High praise indeed.

I read it first i
Ana Rînceanu
I decided to listen to this dramatized version of "Corelli's Mandolin" just so I can decide if I want to invest my time in reading a big book that takes time during war times, of which I have never been a fan. Mainly because I don't like pain, but I understand the necessity of it. This was lovely and it did entertain me. I like the voice actors and also the story so I've decided to give the book a try. The thing that bothered me was that I realized just how much had been cut out of the book. Not ...more
The beauty of his language makes this book the enthralling, intense read that it is. Greece comes to life and I sorely miss Dr.Iannis and Pelagia, and the comfort and joy of having them in my life for the past two weeks.
I must admit I was slow to warm up to this novel. de Berniere's prose are beautiful, dramatic, and flow so smoothly that I felt compelled to forge through his initial meanderings. Once the characters sprang to life I was enraptured, if not obsessed with their happenings and felt as if I was part of their lives. This may be the only downfall of reading such an enchanting tale.... I was compelled to read into the wee hours of the morning unable to rest the book upon my nightstand! And I cried when ...more
Eileen Ryan
I was really glad when our work bookclub picked this as the next read. Had always been curious about the book. It is a really good read. Maybe one for a holiday so you can get into it. There are about 100 pages at the start that I had to get through to warm up fully to it. The character development is fabulous. I was also fascinated by the description of how people lived during war times and survived with very little food. Once you get into it the book, its intriguing characters keeps you hooked ...more
Sep 21, 2011 P J rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
Many years ago I lent my mandolin to the landlord of the Thatched House in Southsea. Shortly afterwards he disappeared with the new barmaid and my mandolin. Antonio Corelli too loses his mandolin, but at least he sees it again. Mind you, it takes nearly fifty years and mine’s only been gone for about thirty.
It took me a while to get around to reading this best-seller. I read de Bernières’ ‘A Partisan’s Daughter’ which I didn’t think much of, and the short stories ‘Notwithstanding’ which I dislik
The book follows several different story lines and how they eventually intersect. The majority of the book is set in Greece during WWII with the main storyline following Pelagia and her tumulutous lovelife. Very emotional and involving.
A poignant issue that, while not a large theme in the book, is very thought provoking is discrimnation based on nationality in a post-war climate. When your home has been ravaged by the representatives of a single nation over and over, how do you ignore that once
Just a beautiful, touching story. There's war, romance, and the pathos of lost time.

A.Z. Green
This book is a work of art. Everything about it is wonderful. It has everything in it that makes a great story. Even if the romance between the two main characters had been the only focus of the book it would still have been a brilliant story.
I watched the film before I read the book and hoped that it wouldn't spoil it and it didn't. Despite the little differences - and Nicholas Cage's dodgy Italian accent ;)- the film, I feel, does the book justice. If you've read the book and not watched the
Jane Cosford
Loved loved loved it!
The best fiction I have ever read. The vivid portrayals and skilfully articulate story-telling are of a calibre of literary excellence that I was unaware existed. I couldn't speak highly enough of this book. It is a historical narrative first (and a gripping and addictive one at that), and a story portraying the various kinds of love second (it would be a disservice to label this 'a love story').
I would have given the book five stars but for the ending. I wish the author had used his brilliant wit and style of writing till the end. The book is replete with poignant scenes; my throat was tightening with emotion when the author introduced all possible cliches in the end. Still, I would suggest this book to my friends for its perfect blend - nostalgia and repugnance of the past.
I haven't read this one in awhile, but it is one of the most touching love stories I've ever read. There are moments especially in the beginning when de Bernieres is just a bit too in love with his own conceit, as in the chapters where he narrates as Mussolini, but when he gets to the heart of the story it is lovely and unforgettable.
As a lover of things Greek, this story touched me. It seemed de Bernieres got into the mindset of the Greek islanders during the war and the book came to life (better than the movie). He does his research as this was a difficult time in Greece and the anti-war sentiment was high. Good read.
Tell me that this book improves! I'm currently on page 40 and so far it's kind of...slow. I never particularly wanted to read the book. I haven't seen the movie either. I got the book for free at my book store a while ago so thought I'd give it a go...
I really enjoyed this book. I learned so much and the characters were wonderful! Why do we have war?!?!? I saw a mandolin at a garage sale last week and almost bought it, just because of the story of Antonia.
I listened to this while I drove home across the state of SD. A very good book for a long drive, but also very sad! It made the time go a lot faster!
Emily F.
A good read about the effects of World War II on Greece.
Do not watch the movie, but read the book--it's brilliant.
Gorgeous gorgeous book. I absolutely adore it.
infinitely better than the film!
A little different WWII love story.
Quite simply this book is stunning.
loved it.
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Novelist Louis de Bernières was born in London in 1954. He joined the army at 18 but left after spending four months at Sandhurst. After graduating from the Victoria University of Manchester, he took a postgraduate certificate in Education at Leicester Polytechnic and obtained his MA at the University of London.

Before writing full-time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motor
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