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

No such thing as a happy ending here.

If you could sum up The Architect's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

fascinating tale unfolds

Which character – as performed by Piter Marek – was your favorite?

Master Sinan and Chota - a toss up.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Why on earth didn't he get on the boat and go to Spain - seriously!

Any additional comments?

Perhaps one too many plot twists and turns. Hard to believe one guy could have that much bad luck. Interesting historical information.

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- Ann

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

Book Details

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