The Last Island Audiobook, by Zülfü Livaneli Play Audiobook Sample

The Last Island Audiobook

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Read By: Jean Brassard Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200924943

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Longest Chapter Length:

35:19 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

21 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:41 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the internationally bestselling author of Disquiet comes a brilliant political allegory that vividly illustrates how capitalism and authoritarianism harm us and the environment.

Having failed to hold onto power after an ironfisted first term, the former president moves to a secluded island and decides to rid it of what he sees as its “anarchic” components. The island, described by its close-knit community as a utopia, the last peaceful resort for humankind, morphs into dystopia when the president, in the hope of bringing order to island life, begins to act more and more like a dictator. The first ones to revolt against him are the seagulls.

Originally written in 2008 as a condemnation of the authoritarian Turkish regime, The Last Island has only grown more relevant, foreshadowing the events and aftermath of Istanbul’s bloody Gezi Park/Taksim Square political protests of 2013, as well as the protest movements of our time.

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“Livaneli poetically recounts the story of how societies get corrupted by self-serving autocratic leaders…Provides a much-needed and uplifting read for all in need of resilience and hope.”

— Soner Cagaptay, author of A Sultan in Autumn 


  • “Urgent and allegorical…Livaneli is masterful in his depiction of how authoritarian power destroys a community’s people and environment.”

    — Mina Seçkin, author of The Four Humors
  • “A lucid account of a community’s shattering alongside natural devastation. A wise and piercing book.”

    — Ayşegül Savaş, author of White on White

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About Zülfü Livaneli

Zülfü Livaneli is Turkey’s bestselling author, a celebrated composer, a film director, and a political activist. Widely considered to be one of the most important Turkish cultural figures, he is known for his novels that interweave diverse social and historical backgrounds, figures, and incidents, including the critically acclaimed Bliss, Leyla’s House, My Brother’s Story, and The Eunuch of Constantinople, which have been translated into thirty-seven languages, won numerous international literary prizes, and been turned into movies, stage plays, and operas.

About Jean Brassard

Jean Brassard is a theater and television actor, singer, voice-over talent, audiobook narrator, and writer. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.