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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Written by: Elif Shafak
Narrated by: Alix Dunmore
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

Brought to you by Penguin.

'In the first minute following her death, Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away....'

Our brains stay active for 10 minutes after our heart stops beating. For Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory: growing up with her father and his wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works. 

Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - friends who are now desperately trying to find her.... 

©2019 Elif Shafak (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Simply unbelievable !! What a wonderful experience

So this was my second audible , the first being Harry Potter.

This book was simply like a talking picture which I could imagine in my head . The book is amazing and Absolutely amazing narration , I was hooked on it completely , felt every emotion , I smiled and I cried and even got scared at the end ..!!

Addicted to Audibles now !!

Cheers and happy hearing

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Tragic at times, riveting nonetheless

The story is tragic to say the least and there were parts in it that brought tears to the eyes. It raises questions in the mind....will the world ever change? From the molestation and eventual rape of a young girl to the family protecting the perpetrator; society shunning the very same people it has produced by its discrimination against those who are weak and vulnerable. The only ray of positivity was found in the strong and beautiful bond of the friends and how they stood by each other. The elusive happiness ultimately found by Leila at the end of the book added a positive note as did the moving in together of the friends. The narrator has done a wonderful job and made the listening so much more enjoyable and interactive. Looking forward to more books narrated by Alix Dunmore.

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Beautiful story & narration

The story has been so beautiful weaved that the characters are etched in one's mind. The infuse of history & description of places makes the listener travel in time & to the places in the story. Loved Alix's narration. I am more than happy to have listened to the story before reading the actual book.

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Touching, implausible in parts

Searing underbelly of most large cities and countries in transition - one foot in the past and another in the air

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Average book. A little entertaining. A little gripping. A little insightful.... probably a little of everything!

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Emotional roller-coaster

The book engages us right from the first chapter. As it progresses we feel empathized with Layla (the centre character) and her world. The novel looses its grip a bit in between but starts building momentum again. The narrator is superb. We can feel each and every charater in her voice. The story is very sensitive and heart touching. Its all about love, friendship, and emotions. Truly worth to listen to...

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Tequila Leila

loved the story very engaging, beautifully written characters, loved how chapters were dedicated. going to read more books of this author

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speechless

what a narrative. I have got find of elif shafak style.of writing. and this one was the best

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Loved listening to the audio version of the book.

Loved the way the story has been told. The characters have been built. Really liked the vivid description of places, feelings of people and you could actually live the moment the characters have experienced. Heart touching story

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It’s Worth it

The story and the way it’s written are so engaging. Kudos to the writer.
Alix Dunmore has done such fine job at narrating the book the Turkish accent made it very easy to envisage the scenes.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-20

lovely book

I loved this book, since I love turkey. it is quite dramatic, I actually shed tears over an event that happened. I finished it in three days.

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  • AnahitaAnahita
  • 28-12-19

To the women of Istanbul and the city of Istanbul

As Shafak herself says, read stories written by women. You'll know when you read it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-19

I keep listening and re-listening!

I am breathless. I have been a fan of Elif Shafak for long, and clearly that's not about to change any time soon. You should buy this. It's worth every dollar!
The reading is perfect, the story a sad nectar, and the writing is plainly gorgeous.

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  • Neelam
  • 03-10-19

A touching story of friendship and belonging

I loved the title of the book and the entire story was remarkable and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-19

Amazing story

Great narrator delivering a breathaking story, I enjoyed very much! Couldn't stop listening to the end

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-02-20

Simply outstanding

This book describes Leila and her life in the last 10 minutes 38 seconds, whilst her brain is finally shutting down, after she is murdered, by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The descriptions of Istanbul are so full and exotic that you feel immersed in its culture and rhythms. Leila is a nice gentle soul who has had a bit of a poor start in life mainly due to being a girl born into a Muslim family. She made a few poor decisions along the way like we all do, but had to bear the consequences in ways most of us do not.

As I mentioned earlier the descriptive narrative of this book is wonderful, some parts are like a diarrhea of adjectives, but not in a way that is trying too hard or spoiling anything the story

This book tackles the serious topic of dying, the short but bitter sweet life of Leila, those she comes into contact with who shape her life and theirs with a sensitivity that makes you feel many emotions.

However it was the last part of the book that switched the tempo into, I can only say comical proportions and had me giggling like a school girl. I did not think a book so literary in parts could do that, but it did.

First class narration by Alix Dunmore to make this a truly 5 star book

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  • TIM H.
  • 04-08-19

Istanbul life

Joy and tragedy interspersed with views of the Bosphorus . For me a helter skelter ride of emotional intensity and bitter truth read perfectly by someone who must have witnessed the events described.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-19

Life of strangers in a strange world

this book depicts the life of outcasts, outposts from their own society. Life to outcasts is significantly more challenging c compared to people who seem to fit in in everyday; hence outcasts find comfort in other outcasts. This book describes the beautiful friendship of people who found it difficult to fit in in their society, and the kind of life they had to live as a consequent to this. Whilst listening to this book, every single character became a friend of mine, I found myself as an observer who wanted to be a part of this story. The story is captivating, the characters true to real life, and the detail in descriptions mesmerising.

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  • A. Peacock
  • 14-11-19

lovely tale - heartwarming and tragic i

lovely tale of enduring friendship
really well narrated
couldn't wait for my bus journeys to listen

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  • Jo Mann
  • 02-11-19

Tragic and heartwarming in equal measure

It’s a tale of human cruelty, the perverse nature of religion driven harm but most of all a story of friendship and kindness that can overcome. Loved every minute of it.

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  • j r mitchell
  • 08-10-19

Gripping and wonderfully uplifting

Absolutely loved the story, it was gripping, sad and uplifting all at once. Also very much enjoyed the narrator's voice

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  • Dan
  • 27-09-19

Exceptional storytelling and tangible descriptions

An original concept, beautifully told. It's made me want to visit Istanbul, for better or for worse.

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  • Lizzy h
  • 18-08-19

Urban Istanbul mystery

Elif Shafak weaves a story through the Turlish countryside to the harsh streets of Istanbul. We experience the struggle to survive and be an individual through the experiences of different characters.

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  • Sheila Morrison
  • 01-03-20

Brilliant story

So sad to have finished this book ,it was amazing .
A tale of friendship at it’s best and the story of a woman ,Leila who we get to know in flashbacks after her death .
It is lyrical and poignant with some comedic turns .
Finally I have to mention the excellent narration which capped it all off wonderfully .A must read .

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  • Ngaio Merrick
  • 18-02-20

Strange book

There were so many strange things about this book it's hard to know where to start. But the strangest of all is the concept that the brain lives on when the body dies for up to 10 minutes 38 seconds. It's a unique perspective from which to tell a story. The story itself was dark and twisting with moments of joy.

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  • Kris
  • 12-03-20

Scintillating, Fascinating Characters

Beautifully read, this was a wonderful picture of life for the common social outliers of Istanbul. Kinda dreamy to begin with, as the rhythm of introductions emerged, I was hooked. One of the best Audible books I've purchased.