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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Myla Goldberg Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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From the critically acclaimed best-selling author of Bee Season comes a travelogue through the magical and historic city of Prague, a city of vast beauty and wonderfully intimate detail. In Time's Magpie, Myla Goldberg uses her eye for the wonder of tiny objects and everyday things to put us in touch with the essence of this haunting and fantastical place. Goldberg takes us through the city's historic streets, some eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to Lunapark, home to bumper cars, go-carts, and a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and through Strahov Monastery, where the cabinets of curiosity display everything from butterfly specimens to a supposedly real jabberwocky. We attend an anti-war protest in Old Town square and watch the skateboarders do tricks on a ramped marble pedestal that once held a statue of Lenin. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 12/1/2013

    " A bit interesting but felt a bit rambley, some interesting tidbits but I don't think I could say anything about Prague after reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 11/30/2013

    " not that great of an insight into prague, but enjoyable read. it could have been a desription of spokane just as easily. from a great series (now defunct) called Crown Journeys) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/16/2013

    " A very different perspective of Prague from an expatriot who knows the city's best and worst attributes. I enjoyed her book, but frankly she made Prague sound a bit like a slum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 9/8/2013

    " It was a good read and both illuminated and brought back memories of Prague. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 5/16/2013

    " I read this book prior to visiting Prague and was looking for more substance or out-of-the-ordinary sights to see. Instead I found these travel essays a bit bland. The book wasn't a waste of time, but I've enjoyed other books of this same genre much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Graham | 4/9/2013

    " The author is inclined to smirk at whatever does not match her own "modern" sensibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cat | 3/15/2013

    " listened to this on one of my many roadtrips and enjoyed the travel essays despite their admitted blandness at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucile | 2/15/2012

    " This book made me really want to visit Prague - where my mother's family is from. It also made me want to read some of her fiction, as she really does have a lovely way with description. Definitely a nice, quick, intriguing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/10/2012

    " Prague is far, far more interesting a city than this "travelogue" makes it out to be. Dry, hardly giving one a sense of the city at all (and that's from someone who has spent time there!). I expected better, being an admirer of her fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyger | 1/20/2012

    " Well, I listened to this on audio does that still count? Anyway it was a great look at Prague by a wonderful guide! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MikeFromQueens | 12/27/2011

    " This was a light read of a visitor to Prague, and some of the lesser-known places to visit. Some vivid scenes of the author's interaction with the locals were interesting, including the police. I could have written this book myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/7/2011

    " Having gotten engaged in Prague and married into a Czech family, I loved the author's talk of her walks through Prague and how her impressions were similar to or different than my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 10/30/2011

    " I thought her characterization of American cops was absurd and misguided. Aside from that (and that's not what the book's about anyway) totally beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 9/14/2011

    " I read this in preparation for our trip to Prague. It was a small, easy to read, walk through the city. What fun, to walk some of the places I had read about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/14/2010

    " Maybe more a 3.5/5.

    There were some flashes of brilliant writing in this, and I really enjoyed how vividly I was able to imagine the city through them, but there were also some places I wished everything tied back into the clever magpie idea a little more tightly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 8/26/2010

    " not that great of an insight into prague, but enjoyable read. it could have been a desription of spokane just as easily. from a great series (now defunct) called Crown Journeys) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MikeFromQueens | 2/28/2010

    " This was a light read of a visitor to Prague, and some of the lesser-known places to visit. Some vivid scenes of the author's interaction with the locals were interesting, including the police. I could have written this book myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyger | 2/11/2010

    " Well, I listened to this on audio does that still count? Anyway it was a great look at Prague by a wonderful guide! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 10/13/2009

    " A very different perspective of Prague from an expatriot who knows the city's best and worst attributes. I enjoyed her book, but frankly she made Prague sound a bit like a slum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 3/17/2009

    " Prague is far, far more interesting a city than this "travelogue" makes it out to be. Dry, hardly giving one a sense of the city at all (and that's from someone who has spent time there!). I expected better, being an admirer of her fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 11/17/2008

    " I thought her characterization of American cops was absurd and misguided. Aside from that (and that's not what the book's about anyway) totally beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 1/8/2008

    " I read this book prior to visiting Prague and was looking for more substance or out-of-the-ordinary sights to see. Instead I found these travel essays a bit bland. The book wasn't a waste of time, but I've enjoyed other books of this same genre much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/3/2007

    " Having gotten engaged in Prague and married into a Czech family, I loved the author's talk of her walks through Prague and how her impressions were similar to or different than my own. "

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About the Author
Author Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg is the author of several books, including The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and the bestselling, critically acclaimed Bee Season, which was widely translated and adapted to film. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.