The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence

Audiobook CD - 2009
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It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Fusun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Thus begins an obsessive but tragic love affair that will transform itself into a compulsive collection of objects--a museum of one man's broken heart--that chronicle Kemal's lovelorn progress and his afflicted heart's reactions.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2009.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781415965696
Characteristics: 17 sound discs (ca. 73 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Freely, Maureen 1952-
Lee, John Rafter


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Apr 13, 2018

I am on disk 10 of this 18-CD audiobook and had to stop -- not sure I can continue listening to the minutiae of the character's self-absorbed story of his evidently endless obsession with a younger woman whom he ruined. No one else's feelings are explored or apparently of interest. Certainly a timely tale of male privilege (altho published 10 years ago and set in the 1970's and 1980's); but do we really want to know?

JCLMELODYK Jul 28, 2016

Rarely, if ever, do I stick with a book I do not like and yet I gave 20+ hours of my life listening to chapter after chapter after chapter of a man describing evenings spent watching TV with his love interest and stealing pair after pair of salt and pepper shakers. Perhaps, the author wanted us to feel in real time the slow passing of the years.

So why did I stick with it? Well for 20+ hours of commuting I was transported to the Istanbul of the 1970s and 80s. I learned all about the neighborhoods, landmarks, streets, politics, religion and class system - and it was wonderful. John Lee is an amazing voice actor. I could listen to him say "Bosphorus" all day long.


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