Extended Audio Sample

Download Time's Magpie: A Walk in Prague Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Times Magpie: A Walk in Prague, by Myla Goldberg Click for printable size audiobook cover
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: Myla Goldberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $9.98 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $9.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

Sometimes a city can be like a bird. Just as the magpie is an inveterate collector, hoarding beautiful eclectic bits to line its nest, so Prague retains fragments from bygone regimes and centuries past to create a city of juxtaposition that is alternately exquisite and bizarre.

Prague’s personality is expressed as much by its obvious beauty as by its overlooked details. This unforgettable place is brought to life by acclaimed author Myla Goldberg, a former Prague expat, whose first novel, Bee Season, captivated so many with its unique voice and exhilarating prose.

Myla Goldberg lived in Prague in 1993, just as the process of Westernization was getting under way, the city straddling a past it wished to shed and a future it was eager to embrace. In 2003, she returned to see what the pursuit of capitalism had wrought and to observe the integral ways in which Prague’s character had endured. In Time’s Magpie, Goldberg explores a city where centuries-old buildings have become receptacles for Western values and a generation defined by the Communist regime coexists with a generation for whom Communism is a rapidly fading memory.

Wander through the narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets to places most tourists never see—to a neighborhood eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to an anachronistic amusement park that is home to a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and to the cabinets of curiosity in the Strahov Monastery, where hidden among deceptively modest displays of butterfly specimens and ladies’ fans are creatures that defy the laws of taxidermy. This imaginative, individualistic journey will show you the odd and unique corners of a city often seeking to erase what its very stones will not allow it to forget.

Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jim Graham | 6/2/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 1/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 1/20/2013

    " 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 by Catherine | 7/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations