The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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From the universally acclaimed author of "Snow" and "My Name Is Red", his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize. It is 1975 in Istanbul. Kemal, thirty, from an upperclass family, is engaged to a girl of like background when by chance he encounters a long-lost relation: Füsun is a shopgirl, an eighteen-year-old beauty who stirs all the passion denied him in a society where sex outside marriage is taboo...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2009
ISBN: 9781415965689
Additional Contributors: Lee, John

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Apr 13, 2018

I am on disk 10 of this 18-CD audiobook and had to stop -- not sure I can continue listening to the minutiae of the character's self-absorbed story of his evidently endless obsession with a younger woman whom he ruined. No one else's feelings are explored or apparently of interest. Certainly a timely tale of male privilege (altho published 10 years ago and set in the 1970's and 1980's); but do we really want to know?

JCLMELODYK Jul 28, 2016

Rarely, if ever, do I stick with a book I do not like and yet I gave 20+ hours of my life listening to chapter after chapter after chapter of a man describing evenings spent watching TV with his love interest and stealing pair after pair of salt and pepper shakers. Perhaps, the author wanted us to feel in real time the slow passing of the years.

So why did I stick with it? Well for 20+ hours of commuting I was transported to the Istanbul of the 1970s and 80s. I learned all about the neighborhoods, landmarks, streets, politics, religion and class system - and it was wonderful. John Lee is an amazing voice actor. I could listen to him say "Bosphorus" all day long.

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