Caravans

  • by James A. Michener
  • Narrated by Larry McKeever
  • 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1963, James A. Michener's gripping chronicle of the social and political landscape of Afghanistan is more relevant now than ever. Combining fact with riveting adventure and intrigue, Michener follows a military man tasked, in the years after World War II, with a dangerous assignment: finding and returning a young American woman living in Afghanistan to her distraught family after she suddenly and mysteriously disappears. A timeless tale of love and emotional drama set against the backdrop of one of the most important countries in the world today, Caravans captures the tension of the postwar period, the sweep of Afghanistan's remarkable history, and the inescapable allure of the past.

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What the Critics Say

"Brilliant...an extraordinary novel.... The old nomadic trails across the mountains spring into existence." (The New York Times)
"Romantic and adventurous.... [Michener] has a wonderful empathy for the wild and free and an understanding of the reasons behind the kind of cruelty that goes with it." (Newsday)
"Michener has done for Afghanistan what...his first [book] did for the South Pacific." (The New York Herald Tribune)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

How to ruin a great book

Would you try another book from James A. Michener and/or Larry McKeever?

I would gladly and eagerly try another Michener book if narrated by someone other than Mr. McKeever.


What did you like best about this story?

It gave me a bit of understanding of the people and place called Afghanistan.


What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

It was almost painful to hear. The cadence seemed all wrong and the affect flat.


Did Caravans inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to turn it off several times because of the narration, but I kept coming back because I enjoyed the story.


Any additional comments?

I hope to listen to other Michener books, but only if they are read by someone else.

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- Stephen

Terrible narration

It's a great story but the performance is unbearable. Speeding it up to 1.5 speed was the only way I was able to make it through.
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- timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio