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
"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)
I would gladly and eagerly try another Michener book if narrated by someone other than Mr. McKeever.
It gave me a bit of understanding of the people and place called Afghanistan.
It was almost painful to hear. The cadence seemed all wrong and the affect flat.
It inspired me to turn it off several times because of the narration, but I kept coming back because I enjoyed the story.
I hope to listen to other Michener books, but only if they are read by someone else.
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.
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.
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.
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.
no. story complete
too bad that other Michener's books are also read by this narrator. I won't be listening to any of them. alas.
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.
I learned a lesson with this story, which is always to check the reviews for who is reading! This story sounds to have been read by a computerized voice, which made it much less enjoyable than I'm sure it would have been otherwise. The story is epic - pure Michener- but I think in retrospect I wish I had read it rather than listen to it.
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.
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.
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