Guernica

  • by Dave Boling
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the center of Basque culture and tradition. In the midst of this isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life - he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is a charismatic and graceful dancer who has her pick of the bachelors in Guernica, but she focuses only on the charming and mysterious Miguel. The two discover a love that war and tragedy cannot destroy.History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation; for the world, it was an unprecedented crime against humanity. In his first novel, Boling reintroduces the event and paints his own picture of a people so strong, vibrant, and proud that they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their values, their country, and their loved ones.

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Wonderful and heartbreaking

Where does Guernica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best listens of the year for me.


What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

I just became so attached to the characters.


If you could take any character from Guernica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gusto, definitely!


Any additional comments?

Well worth the time. This was a sliver of history I knew nothing about. I liked the link to Picasso's famous mural

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- Ann Diggins "Tyler Durden"

Enjoyed the story and learned something

While this is a book of fiction, it told a very real story of an event in WWII and its profound impact on those who lived in Guernica. The characters were well drawn and I felt the tragedy they suffered. I'm glad I listened to it.
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- Carol

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio