Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski audiobook

Peacekeeping: A Novel

By Mischa Berlinski
Read by Ben Williams

Macmillan Audio 9780374230449
14.23 Hours Unabridged
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"Ben Williams's narration couldn't be more perfect for this tragicomic novel of Haiti. Williams perfectly inhabits the wry, observant, somewhat detached traveling spouse of an aid worker. Williams's talent is not just with the subtle inflections in English and Creole that give personality and heart to the colorful characters...His conversational delivery also enhances the listener's understanding of Haiti's confounding mix of politics and superstition." — AudioFile Magazine THE DARING, EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SECOND AUDIOBOOK BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–NOMINATED AUTHOR OF FIELDWORK Mischa Berlinski’s first novel, Fieldwork, was published in 2007 to rave reviews—Hilary Mantel called it “a quirky, often brilliant debut” and Stephen King said it was “a story that cooks like a mother”—and it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now Berlinski returns with Peacekeeping, an equally enthralling story of love, politics, and death in the world’s most intriguing country: Haiti. When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He’s sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where there are more coffin makers than restaurants, more donkeys than cars, and the dirt roads all slope down sooner or later to the postcard sea. Terry is swept up in the town’s complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming American-educated judge. Soon he convinces the judge to oppose the corrupt but charismatic Sénateur Maxim Bayard in an upcoming election. But when Terry falls in love with the judge’s wife, the electoral drama threatens to become a disaster. Tense, atmospheric, tightly plotted, and surprisingly funny, Peacekeeping confirms Berlinski’s gifts as a storyteller. Like Fieldwork, it explores a part of the world that is as fascinating as it is misunderstood—and takes us into the depths of the human soul, where the thirst for power and the need for love can overrun judgment and morality.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2016

"Ben Williams's narration couldn't be more perfect for this tragicomic novel of Haiti. Williams perfectly inhabits the wry, observant, somewhat detached traveling spouse of an aid worker. Williams's talent is not just with the subtle inflections in English and Creole that give personality and heart to the colorful characters...His conversational delivery also enhances the listener's understanding of Haiti's confounding mix of politics and superstition." — AudioFile Magazine

THE DARING, EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SECOND AUDIOBOOK BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–NOMINATED AUTHOR OF FIELDWORK

Mischa Berlinski’s first novel, Fieldwork, was published in 2007 to rave reviews—Hilary Mantel called it “a quirky, often brilliant debut” and Stephen King said it was “a story that cooks like a mother”—and it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now Berlinski returns with Peacekeeping, an equally enthralling story of love, politics, and death in the world’s most intriguing country: Haiti.

When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He’s sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where there are more coffin makers than restaurants, more donkeys than cars, and the dirt roads all slope down sooner or later to the postcard sea. Terry is swept up in the town’s complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming American-educated judge. Soon he convinces the judge to oppose the corrupt but charismatic Sénateur Maxim Bayard in an upcoming election. But when Terry falls in love with the judge’s wife, the electoral drama threatens to become a disaster.

Tense, atmospheric, tightly plotted, and surprisingly funny, Peacekeeping confirms Berlinski’s gifts as a storyteller. Like Fieldwork, it explores a part of the world that is as fascinating as it is misunderstood—and takes us into the depths of the human soul, where the thirst for power and the need for love can overrun judgment and morality.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ably narrated by Ben Williams, Peacekeeping is a wild ride through the bankrupt policies of class and color, with finely drawn characters and unforgettable scenes touched with humor and irony. BookPage, Top Pick in Audio
Ben Williams's narration couldn't be more perfect for this tragicomic novel of Haiti. Williams perfectly inhabits the wry, observant, somewhat detached traveling spouse of an aid worker. Williams's talent is not just with the subtle inflections in English and Creole that give personality and heart to the colorful characters...[h]is conversational delivery also enhances the listener's understanding of Haiti's confounding mix of politics and superstition. AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
“Ben Williams’ narration couldn’t be more perfect for this tragicomic novel of Haiti. Williams perfectly inhabits the wry, observant, somewhat detached traveling spouse of an aid worker. Williams’ talent is not just with the subtle inflections in English and Creole that give personality and heart to the colorful characters…[but] his conversational delivery also enhances the listener’s understanding of Haiti’s confounding mix of politics and superstition. The many backstories tell us so much more about life in Haiti than any nonfiction account ever could. This is a beautifully voiced tale of a magical place, with, alas, few happy endings. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A politically sophisticated novel that plants, like pushpins, a handful of memorable characters into Haiti’s arid soil.” New York Times
“A welcome bearer of enlightenment and a raw reminder of the limits of empathy.” Washington Post
“[Berlinski] is a kind of heir to Graham Greene and Robert Stone, both for his excellent storytelling and for the way it can reveal a bigger picture.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Mischa Berlinski

Author Bio: Mischa Berlinski

Mischa Berlinski is the author of the novel Fieldwork, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Addison M. Metcalf Award.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 14.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English