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Home Fire

Written by: Kamila Shamsie
Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation?

Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

©2017 Kamila Shamsie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • 18-08-19

Unforgettable tale beautifully read

I could barely bring myself to stop listening and when I did manage, couldn't stop thinking about this tragic tale. I sensed where the story was heading, but even so, kept hoping that I was mistaken. I haven't been so emotionally invested in the fate of a pair of fictional lovers since reading Atonement. This book was so good, that, at times, I followed along on a downloaded version on my Kindle so that I wouldn't miss anything. Highly recommended.

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  • Alice
  • 14-07-18

Gripping

Could have easily sat and listen to this book in one sitting. Absolutely gripping and engrossing. Each character fully rounded and defined.

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  • Jill SG
  • 31-01-19

An unexpectedly compelling read

I wasn't sure about this. It sounded very worthy. But in fact, the story was pacey and gripping. Yes, it gave insight into the mind of potential terrorists, but it did so in a story that swept you along with great energy. Never a dull moment. Was it worthy? I don't know, but I do know it was a wonderful read.

Don't be put off by the summary relating this to Antigone. I haven't read Antigone since my school days, but it certainly didn't feel like a Greek tragedy to me, except in a few small parts. It's almost like the Antigone part is pretty irrelevant. If anything, the few times it tried to be like Antigone were the only jarring moments, but they are few, so don't let that put you off.

Highly recommend this - even for people who, like me, mostly just read for fun and relaxation.

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  • Adam Preston
  • 03-12-18

Absorbing story well read

Although a little uneven in places overall very absorbing story and perfectly narrated. Insightful view behind the media headlines of the conflict between nationality and religion in modern Britain

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  • Luke
  • 11-11-18

I felt I should have liked it more

I found this book instantly forgettable. It is well written, it covers an interesting topic but it left me feeling flat and not involved with the characters. There were moments that shone quite brightly but they were rather fleeting and drifted away quickly.
I can see why others rated it highly but it just wasn't for me.

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  • Catherine Anne Elliot
  • 07-10-18

Gripping

The tale of Romeo and Juliet for modern times. A mixture of naivety and connivance in human nature. Family trust in a Machiavellian court. Couldn’t stop listening!

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  • Suzie Kent
  • 18-09-18

Absolutely loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characterisation was great and non clichéed, it's very current and I liked the writing style. The reading was one of the best I've come across. The accents were done really well and I was totally absorbed in it. I had bought the Kindle version, and often end up switiching to the Kindle if the reading is a bit slow or clunky, and this time I didn't even open the Kindle version.

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  • ZedBooks
  • 21-06-18

Falls slightly short of expectations

Prizewinning it may be, and there is no doubt that the modern reworking of the Antigone story is original and very clever, but I was just a little disappointed by some rather unrestrained bits of writing (that a good editor might have removed). But I’m glad I bought it and listened to it.

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  • Kim Driver
  • 28-04-18

<br />Exceptional

Brilliant :) loved it. Amazing story telling. very thought provoking and well written. Extremely sad

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  • Ewan Lockerbie
  • 10-11-18

Fabulous

Great book, gripping, relevant, beautifully written...a really page turner, sorry to finish it a must..

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  • 25-10-18

loved it

loved it. great narration
felt very involved with the story
a lot to think about.

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  • Sandra
  • 13-06-18

I loved this book

It is not often that I am disappointed when a book ends. Such a good read!

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  • Alicia
  • 04-11-18

Incredible

I couldn't tear my ears away. Captivating story and narration. Would recommend to readers of all genres.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-19

I genuingly board

the story didn't have something to encourage me to follow up the story. really board. not recommended.

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  • Libby
  • 02-07-19

Riveting

Couldn’t turn it off!
Confronting and informative, gripping, compelling. This book challenged me on so many levels.
Highly recommend

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  • Marjorie
  • 27-06-19

Aweful Ending

I don't know what the author is thinking, the ending is miserable...everyone is a victim, society is not like that

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  • Nicola
  • 13-07-18

Unbelievable

Profound and relevant story. Gripped me from the first word. Amazing. Will read it again.

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  • Judith
  • 17-06-18

Stunning!

A gripping insightful story about the complications that exist in the world we live in as a result of "The war on Terrorism"

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  • Suzie Sergeant
  • 12-05-18

Haunting

This one had me from the start, and kept me on the edge of my seat through to the Noah. I have listened twice now and will likely go for a third.

Amazing beautiful and heartbreaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-18

Fantastic !

Loved it. Thought provoking, revealing the effects of religious extremism on both sides. Highly recommended.

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  • Carol
  • 26-02-18

Interesting read - not at all predictable

If you could sum up Home Fire in three words, what would they be?

Different, though provoking

What other book might you compare Home Fire to, and why?

Not sure this work could be compared to any other.

What does Tania Rodrigues bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There was a perspective of a class of people that was quite unfamiliar to me. It was interesting to understand the impact of the sins of the father. It would be great if the story was expanded in some way in order for the reader to understand the history of the family.

Any additional comments?

Quite worth the time. Great characters, well written and plausible.