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Istanbul

Memories of a City
Written by: Orhan Pamuk
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Turkey's greatest living novelist, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets, and waterways of Istanbul - the city of his birth and the home of his imagination.

©2003 Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş. (P)2013 Faber Audio

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Great narration, uninteresting story.

The narration is exceptionally good. The story is fairly linear and I fell out of interest multiple times. Some chapters seem very true and one can connect their own lives to it. But I wouldn't recommend this unless you've exhausted everything else in your list.

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  • sally mellor
  • 02-03-16

Development of a writer

Apart from the excellent descriptions of a fascinating city, I found his struggle through painting and then a failed university diploma in architecture very moving. It is this part of the book that brought it alive for me. His eye for his beloved city may well have been aided by his 2 'failed' careers; it is full of lyricism and insight.

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  • Paul E T Henty
  • 21-08-15

Self indulgent and random

Stuffed full of nostalgic and personal minutiae, it descended into a disorganised miscellany of this and that from times gone by, jumping around and failing to hold my attention

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  • Spammy99
  • 07-07-19

Brilliant

Great book , well read .
What's not to like?
Highly recommended . A must for those who intend to visit or have visited the city .

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  • Hugh M. Clarke
  • 15-03-19

Atmosphere

The writer describes Istanbul very evocatively, weaving aspects of his personal history with that of the city. Describing atmosphere is a challenging task, but Pamuk does so in a way which draws out many moods and tensions.