Last Train to Istanbul

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49 Ratings

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jo on 06-12-15

Great Book

Loved this book, the accents were so perfect I could listen to the story without stopping.

Lovely story. I would recommend it to anyone.

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4 out of 5 stars
By fiona on 07-30-16

step into history

an interesting story that has made me keen to learn about the history of turkey and the involvement in ww2

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-14-16

masterpiece

a truly moving story of human spirit and hope for the future I was truly moved by this story

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nicole Tucker on 02-13-16

An enjoyable love story during WWII

I enjoyed the storyline & the narrator was excellent. At one point I felt the story was predicable. But OT was still an enjoyable journey with the families from France to Turkey.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Shorty on 12-02-15

Didn't get interesting until two thirds in

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It seemed to drag on and was quite boring for most of it. I liked the story though but it seemed Selwa was a bit irritating.

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3 out of 5 stars
By alison on 11-09-15

Bit of a plod...

It takes a while to get going, and the writing style is a bit choppy in places, but that could be down to translation.
I never really connected with any of the characters, some because I didn't particularly like them and others because they seemed to be randomly introduced to the story and never developed into anything that was really relevant?
Certain elements seemed unnecessary - Sabiha, her daughter, and the psychoanalyst - what was the point? The rape on the train, why, the train journey was harrowing enough and the story never followed through on it anyway. I felt the train journey was a very significant part of the story, yet it was crammed in at the end of the book and left a lot of loose ends.
However, as a historical fiction book it was quite interesting and did give some insight into the plight of the Turkish people during the war.

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