The Architect's Apprentice

  • by Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by Piter Marek
  • 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire. In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1540, 12-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces - the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques - dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices.
A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I feel like I should like it more than I do

This book takes on a fascinating period and geographical area about which I knew very little. And my feelings about the book are mixed. I am writing this review a few weeks after finishing the book. Many scenes are still gripping, and the sense of learning about a new world still strong. But I simply didn't fall enough in love with the characters. And the solution to the ongoing mystery-which I will of course not ruin for you--simply fell short. I didn't believe the motivations provided.
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- nyog

Good book, performance downgrades

Nice entertaining story that was great in length, depth and descriptions. Unfortunately the phrasing and breathing of the narrator substantially deteriorated the experience. He regularly breaks up phrases when there is no reason to do so. Either he did not read ahead so he could adjust the phrasing or didn't care. I had to keep rewinding to get the meaning of phrases he had broken up for no reason. A pity - it is a good story.
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- D's Mom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books