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Of the dozens of books I've listened to from Audible over the past five years, this was my favorite, and the first to inspire me to write a review. Pamuk's tale is utterly charming, bringing to life a city a knew very little about, and a wonderful cast of well-developed characters who, despite having little in common outwardly with the people in my world, are completely recognizable once you get to know them. And I can't imagine a better narrator than John Lee, who gives Pamuk's story, which is epic in structure, the feel of a fable. Lee's affection for all of the characters -- even those whose behavior is not always exemplary -- is apparent, and matched my own. I can't recommend this book highly enough, and only regret that all those to whom I'm recommending it will probably read it rather than listen to Lee's masterful performance of it. But YOU, dear Audible compatriot, are privileged to have that opportunity. So do it -- you won't regret it!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It's just wonderful -- no wonder Pamuk got the Nobel for literature. And if you love Istanbul it's a must -- the city over decades is a virtual character in the story.
What other book might you compare A Strangeness in My Mind to and why?
Other Pamuk novels, they all are great.
Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?
The protagonist, Mevlut.
If you could take any character from A Strangeness in My Mind out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Mevlut, to a local kebab restaurant in Beyoglu, with a glass of his boza on the side.
Any additional comments?
Lee is perfect for Pamuk.
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