We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Caravans Audiobook

Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan

Regular Price:$35.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

©2014 James A. Michener; 2015 Random House Audio

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (147 )
5 star
 (84)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.4 (134 )
5 star
 (83)
4 star
 (31)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.8 (132 )
5 star
 (59)
4 star
 (29)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (15)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Stephen 08-31-15
    Stephen 08-31-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    timothy 08-13-15
    timothy 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 09-29-15
    Scott 09-29-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story"

    Very educational. This is a chance to learn about Afghanistan and why it is what it is today. Totally recommend it for anyone interested in that part of the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jodelle 09-22-15
    Jodelle 09-22-15

    aunt jodi

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An old favorite revisited"

    Loved this book when it was first published. Love it now. Also fascinating to hear what characters hoped would be the future of Afghanistan all those years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol LOUISVILLE, CO, United States 09-08-15
    Carol LOUISVILLE, CO, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "worst narration I've ever heard"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If not for the story, I wouldn't have made it past the first chapter. But I was interested in the country of Afghanistan, found the history in the book so relevant, and SO wanted to like this book. But the narrator was just awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liked the stories of the people of Afghanistan, and the prediction of Mr. Michener that the Russians would take over. They did in the 1970's.


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

    He just read the words, and had the annoyinggggg habittttuh of endingggg every wordddduh that endedddded with a consonant with a hard 'letter'. Very distracting indeed.


    Do you think Caravans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. story complete


    Any additional comments?

    too bad that other Michener's books are also read by this narrator. I won't be listening to any of them. alas.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard 08-12-15
    Richard 08-12-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a disappointment!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was thrilled when Audible announced that several books by James Michener were finally available. I read most of his novels many years ago. So, I was anxious to revisit these old friends. To my great regret I only made it through the first chapter of Caravans when I had to stop. The narrator, Larry McKeever, read in such a painfully slow monotone that I couldn't go on.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathie 09-02-15
    Kathie 09-02-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    970
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator, Narrator, Narrator"

    I was so excited to see all the Michener novels coming to Audible - my favorite author from years ago. I downloaded this title immediately and within an hour I gave up.

    The narrator read it - just read it. That may be fine for some listeners - but I found his delivery grating and annoying.

    Sadly, he "reads" all the new Michener titles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MsTexaFornia SoCal USA 08-30-15
    MsTexaFornia SoCal USA 08-30-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointed"

    I was very excited to see that James Michener books were being offered on Audible.com and - based on his reputation - was expecting a lot more from the novel. Maybe, it was because it was early in his career, but I found the story lacked depth. Also, I felt the reader was mundane in his delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edie Gormet Caliornia 08-27-15
    Edie Gormet Caliornia 08-27-15 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unbeknownst:"

    Lies the future.

    NYC. 9-11-2001. I need 10 more words and cant think of. Why. So i am so finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Siddhis 08-27-15
    Siddhis 08-27-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, terrible narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    I don't know who to choose instead, but Mr. McKeever's monotone reading of this story makes the interesting content boring. Good as a soporific, but otherwise not well narrated. The character's voices have no distinctiveness, no voice. The story is read without emotion, so that a horrifying or exciting scene sounds exactly the same as a mundane scenario. I'm not one to enjoy a narrator's personal voice interfering with the story, but this reading is positively dull.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.