Orhan's Inheritance

  • by Aline Ohanesian
  • Narrated by Assaf Cohen
  • 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Orhan's brilliant and eccentric grandfather - a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs - is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather's will raises more questions than answers.
Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger, thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan's grandfather would have willed their home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson.
Left with only Kemal's ancient sketchbook and intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There, over many meetings, he will not only unearth the story that 87-year-old Seda so closely guards, but discover that Seda's past now threatens to unravel his future. It's a story that, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family is built.
Moving back and forth in time, between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan's Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that haunt a family.

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Beautiful and Haunting

Beautifully written story crossing decades of history and heartbreak. It begins with a curious twist in Orhan's grandfathers will which sends him on a journey revealing not only a family's history but an understanding of why we should not always try to forget the past.
I have to admit to not knowing much about the Armenian involvement in the war and the atrocities they suffered. After listening to this book I can understand why so many people suffer mental trauma throughout their lives as a legacy of war - how could anyone possibly forget such horrors.
Assaf Cohen's excellent narration only adds to the enjoyment of this book.
This is a beautiful, haunting book that will stay with you long after you have finished it.
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- alison

Short and powerful

This is a quick read, but packs a big message. It's multi generational, spanning the Armenian genocide to the early 1990s. It conveys a lot of themes-war, love, fathers/sons, family, and the notion of the oft mentioned 'past'. While it sometimes gets a little preachy and self righteous, it's an important book that captures a period of history that is often forgotten as part of the larger narrative of World War One. The narration was pretty good, but the cheesy Turkish accents were laughable.
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- Benjamin McIntyre-Coble

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books