Last Train To Istanbul by Ayse Kulin–Audiobook Review

Last Train To Instanbul

Unabridged: (12 hours and 9 minutes)

Author: Ayse Kulin

Narration: Sanjiv Jhaveri

Release Date: 10-08-13

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Rating: 3-Stars

Listened: May 2015

As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.

But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing—not war, not politics, not even religion—can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped in France, a handful of brave Turkish diplomats hatch a plan to spirit the Alfandaris and hundreds of innocents, many of whom are Jewish, to safety.

Last Train To Istanbul is a beautiful work of historical fiction about two privileged Muslim Turkish sisters–Selva and Sabiha. Sabiha marries a prominent Turkish diplomat, and Selva falls in love and marries a Turkish Jew–Rafael Alfandari. Selva and Rafael are shunned by her family, and move to Paris shortly before the Nazi German invasion in World War II.

What I really appreciated about this novel was Ayse Kulin’s extensive research about that period of history, and I loved to learn about WWII from a Turkish perspective. It’s a beautiful story of hope and courage. Many times WWII books are difficult to read due to the horrible accounts of the Holocaust, but this book kept me very interested and the narration by Sanjiv Jhaveri was just perfect. His accent and all the accents portrayed were essential to the atmosphere of this book.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in historical fiction and WWII novels.

Signature

3 star

3 thoughts on “Last Train To Istanbul by Ayse Kulin–Audiobook Review”

    1. It’s hard for me to give 4 or 5 stars to audiobooks. I’m thinking about revising my review policy on audiobooks because there are more to it than books. Most of the time I’ll listen to an audiobook and I can tell the book was well written, but the narration/interpretation was poor. I thought the narration on this was good and appropriate for the theme of the book. I think I would’ve rated this book a 4-Stars had I read it.

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