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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (676 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Goodwin, Stephen Hoye Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Yashim the Eunuch Series Release Date:
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Detective, polyglot, chef, eunuch—Investigator Yashim returns in this evocative Edgar Award-winning series set in Istanbul at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul, 1838. In his palace on the Bosphorus, Sultan Mahmud II is dying, and the city swirls with rumors and alarms. The unexpected arrival of a French archaeologist determined to track down lost Byzantine treasures throws the Greek community into confusion. Yashim Togalu is once again enlisted to investigate. But when the archaeologist’s mutilated body is discovered outside the French embassy, it turns out there is only one suspect: Yashim himself. As the body count starts to rise, Yashim must uncover the startling truth behind a shadowy society dedicated to the revival of the Byzantine Empire, encountering along the way such vibrant characters as Lord Byron’s doctor and the Sultan’s West Indies-born mother, the Valide. With striking wit and irresistible flair, Jason Goodwin takes us into a world where the stakes are high, betrayal is death—and the pleasure to the listener is immense.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth Hunter | 2/15/2014

    " The Ottoman Empire feels like a great gap in my understanding of the history of the world, which I've tried to fix over the past decade. Jason Goodwin's Lords of the Horizon was one of non-fiction histories I read and I've enjoyed his move into fictionalizing the declining days of the Empire. Set in 1830's Istanbul, The Snake Stone, like The Janissary Tree before it, explores not only the solutions to crimes, but the culture and politics of the moment, from the perspective of eternal outsider Yashim, a eunuch of the city. His tastes--from the beautiful food that he makes using simple tools, to his weakness for French women--and his friends in places high and low allow the reader a sense of what life was like in a time and place very different from our own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/14/2014

    " Jason Goodwin certainly makes me want to go to Istanbul, but I'm not convinced he's all that good at writing mysteries. Overly-complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 1/26/2014

    " Yashim is an unwilling detective in the Ottoman Empire, as the sultan is on his death bed. This mystery centers on the events of the battle in Greece where Byron died, and lost Byzantine treasures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky Maynard | 12/21/2013

    " Love this character, love this series of book. The author loves and respects language, history and culture. He weaves a good tale! "

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About the Author
Author Jason Goodwin

Jason Goodwin is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, A Time for Tea: Through China and India in Search of Tea, and On Foot to the Golden Horn, among others. He lives in Sussex, England, with his wife and four children.