Last Train to Istanbul

  • by Ayse Kulin
  • Narrated by Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman pashas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household - until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life - only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis.
But in the midst of darkness shines a beacon of hope: A handful of courageous Turkish diplomats, protected only by the tenuous neutrality of their homeland, hatch a daring plot to spirit the exiled lovers and hundreds of innocent Jews to safety. Together, they will traverse a war-torn continent, crossing enemy lines and risking everything in one last, desperate bid for freedom.

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What the Critics Say

"Ayşe Kulin is a clever writer. She draws the reader into the story of the life and loves of a Turkish family in wartime, and by the time the reader realizes that she has also cranked up the tension with a rescue plot, it is too late to put the book down unfinished. For aficionados of wartime novels, as well as for anyone glued to his or her seat watching the film Argo, this is a must read." (Helen Bryan, best-selling author of War Brides and The Sisterhood)

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Problematic Narration

Would you try another book from Ayse Kulin and/or Sanjiv Jhaveri?

Ayse Kulin is a very talented writer but the narrator, Sanjiv Jhaveri was not the right choice for her book. When he tries to read the conversation with a "Turkish accent" he sounds awful. If the producers listen to a Turkish person reading or speaking English with an accent, they will immediately realize their error. This book really should be redone because the book itself is excellent.


Would you be willing to try another book from Ayse Kulin? Why or why not?

Yes. She is a very talented story teller.


What didn’t you like about Sanjiv Jhaveri’s performance?

As I discussed previously, he was the wrong choice for a book written by a Turkish author.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last Train to Istanbul?

The entire project needs to be redone.


Any additional comments?

The producers should do their homework before they undertake a project. The field became very competitive and there are books with incredible narration.

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- Halit Pinar, MD

Need my money back on this one

so confusing . so boring. what was the plot??? Please exchange this for another one please
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- Cathy W "Cathy W"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio