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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orhan Pamuk Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer's curiosity - a frozen sea these many years - leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides.

No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka's motivations are not purely journalistic; for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, and now a cultural gray-zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka's youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, Westernized world that has always been Ka's frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love, or at least a wife, that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate.

In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iffat | 2/6/2014

    " Whether one is an atheist or a die-hard Islamist, the emotion called love over rules us all. The way Orhan has beautifully scripted his novel, with intricate descriptions-made it a very sensuous type of reading. At one point i could literally taste 'snow' on my tongue! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crissa Cummings | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating story and look at the cultures and people that are struggling with Islamic extremists. This is not a fast read but is very thought provoking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athena | 1/26/2014

    " I couldnt get into this book as it did not catch my attention but it was a good idea... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/20/2014

    " Thought it was a bit "lost in translation" and over written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/10/2014

    " The perfect portrait of depression. I enjoyed the silent smothering snow, the emotionally detached characters, the cloying and overheated interior scenes, and the characters' acceptance of the unacceptable, and was very glad when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2014

    " Yup! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anu | 11/28/2013

    " Wanted to stay forever in that landscape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather De armas | 8/26/2013

    " Thoughtful and wee visualized portrait of the politics and remote fullness of villages in deep Turkey "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 5/4/2013

    " A gift from my daughter Avery, a complex and challenging novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hristina Ivanova | 2/10/2013

    " I can't, just can't.. tried, read 3/4 of it, but after almost a month of struggle, I'm giving up on this book. One of the very few books I haven't read till the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gaemy | 12/21/2012

    " It's one of the most overrated books,ever. It's painful to say the least. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shoshana Visser | 4/4/2012

    " I tried several times but finally gave up. Could make heads nor tail of it and did not waste more time on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/3/2012

    " Although this book can be difficult for someone (like me) with zero frame of reference on Turkish history, politics, and culture, don't give up. The complex political, personal, and artistic questions addressed, the skillfull narrative structure--it's worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gale | 1/22/2012

    " I'd really like to give it a 3 1/2 . It's an interesting book, and it is very well written, and it covers a topic that is in the news (fundamental islamists & the western view of the mideast). But it just didn't captivate me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige Newman | 8/20/2011

    " Though I admired the story and the writing, I just didn't connect with this book. I never really felt for the protagonist. Pamuk, however, does a great job describing the city and all the different factions who are working against each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janneke | 7/25/2011

    " Aan de ene kant is dit best wel een intrigerend boek. Je wilt weten hoe het afloopt. Maar aan de andere kant is het een saai boek, het gaat allemaal zo traag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 6/11/2011

    " Very enjoyable (if that's the word) insight into a Turkey seldom seen. well worth a read and I will now hunt down some more of Mr Pamuk's books for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2011

    " Read it as part of my book club. It was not that great but I made myself finish it... made me lose faith in the male race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/17/2011

    " One of the best books on the struggle between the past and the present in Turkey. The plight of the headscarf girls is horrifying and touching at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuel | 4/10/2011

    " Una novela bastante buena, expone de una manera cruda el conflicto entre el islam y el “modernismo” de occidente. Aunque el comienzo es un poco tedioso la novela va de menos a más. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 4/5/2011

    " Fascinating, but not an easy read. Really confused book club members. I have the CD version as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 3/29/2011

    " I loved this book. Not only was it beautifully written (and translated) but I learned so much about Turkish history and the current state of affairs in Turkey (which I knew nothing about before). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dru | 3/26/2011

    " Tough read. I found it to be somewhat depressing. I could not completely engage with the lead character and had a hard time finishing the book. The descriptions of a depressed Turkey and the religious and political aspects were interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/16/2011

    " I liked it generally - interesting not least because it was set in Turkey - and I haven't read much set there. But a lot of political discussion as backdrop, which I wasn't familiar with and which was a distraction. I kept wanting the author to speed up and just tell me what happened. "

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About the Author
Author Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk is a prominent literary author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and his numerous novels have been translated into more than sixty languages. He lives in Instanbul.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.