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by | Read by John Lee

Fiction • 20.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

To write a very long book about obsession is something of a parlor trick, since no matter how thoroughly the story’s narrator explains the reasons for and symptoms of his obsession, the reader may marvel but cannot share it. Pamuk creates a richly detailed portrait of Kemal, a wealthy young Turkish man pathologically in love with beautiful shop girl Fusun, his distant poor cousin. The narrative pace is leisurely as the years pass and nothing happens between them, and John Lee works quietly but deftly to bring Kemal sympathetically to life. The portrait of Istanbul in the ‘70s drawn by Pamuk and Lee is a marvelous carpet for the claustrophobic space in which the story plays out, but while masterfully imagined and beautifully performed, it has its longeurs. B.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2010]



Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2009

CD ISBN 9780739369265 $45.00 • Seventeen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2009

CD ISBN 9781415965696 $100.00 • Seventeen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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