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Snow Audiobook

Snow

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Publisher's Summary

Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer's curiosity - a frozen sea these many years - leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides.

No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka's motivations are not purely journalistic; for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, and now a cultural gray-zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka's youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, Westernized world that has always been Ka's frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love, or at least a wife, that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate.

In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.

©2007 Orhan Pamuk; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Wiinner, 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature

"Ka's rediscovery of God and poetry in a desolate place makes the novel's sadness profound and moving." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pamuk's gift for the evocative image remains one of this novel's great pleasures: Long after I finished this book, in the blaze of the Washington summer, my thoughts kept returning to Ka and Ipek in the hotel room, looking out at the falling snow." (Ruth Franklin, Washington Post Book World)

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    John L Murphy Los Angeles 06-10-16
    John L Murphy Los Angeles 06-10-16 Member Since 2013

    Fionnchú

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    ""The tragedy in Kars""
    What made the experience of listening to Snow the most enjoyable?

    Hearing John Lee narrate Pamuk's work is always a pleasure. Although even his talent feels a bit worn out by the end of this long, intricate, and sometimes tedious saga.


    Would you recommend Snow to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they loved "Istanbul," "Strangeness in My Mind," and "My Name Is Red." I heard all these recently and like the Turkish settings, real and imaginary, old and new. But these titles require patience and an inherent interest in Ottoman or contemporary Turkish themes. "Snow" is ranked usually as one of Pamuk's two best books, along with "Red." Still, even at its peaks, these stories have a lot of languid passages and considerable, mundane detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conversation between the educational director and the Islamic firebrand. Followed by the first performance at the National Theater. These are linked as are many events over four days of the "little revolution in Kars" during a snowfall that is real and also metaphorical.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much to take in. Best to hear a few chapters at a time, and as with his other books, not to worry if some conversations or observations slip by. Pamuk packs a lot into his work. I am not sure he needs to stuff his titles so heavily. Humor and levity might go a long way.


    Any additional comments?

    While I liked the political observations about Kemalist Turkey in the mid-1990s, the book lacked a sympathetic protagonist. I also felt that the author "Orhan" investigating the "Tragedy of Kars" four years later gave away some end-points and wearied this listener. Editing his work down might do Pamuk a service. You drift off in so many sighs and woes.

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    Hanna 05-28-16
    Hanna 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Vignette of Turkish politics"
    Where does Snow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Favorite so far


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow?

    The political meetings with Blue


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not have John Lee narrate


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    Katie Sullivan 05-06-16
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    "enchanting story with a wonderful narrator"

    Pamuk's use of prose and language is unparalleled on the modern stage. This sad and surprising tale is well-crafted by the author and well-performed by John Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 07-06-15
    Catherine 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Melancholic"

    I enjoyed the book but it was rather heavy touching apon heavy themes of unrequited love and the darker side of Turkish history.

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    Hector Lopez Mexico City 02-09-15
    Hector Lopez Mexico City 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really disappointed"

    Perhaps because Orhan Pamuk won the nobel peace prize I expected a better novel. A credit wasted looking for a great book. I'll keep my search but not on the Nobel Laureate books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lorena ODESSA, FL, United States 08-20-12
    lorena ODESSA, FL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully told, but.........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    What a story, loved it's historical value; and John Lee did an amazing job narrating, but it really seemed to drag on endlessly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10-28-09
    10-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "love, religion, and literature"

    A beautiful book read with similar beauty.
    I never wanted to stop listening.
    There is a hypnotic quality to the reading, but reality is never far away as the events of the story continually force their way into the literary music and dreamy descriptions.
    Politics, religion, love, and literature manage to communicate with each other in the snowy border city of Kars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth B. Robinson ramsey, MN USA 01-02-09
    Kenneth B. Robinson ramsey, MN USA 01-02-09 Member Since 2015

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    "bruceagain"

    the literary value is great but the subject is maudlin. Good political commentary mixed with human situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 04-02-08
    Lisa 04-02-08
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    "the first book I couldn't finish"

    After listening to hundreds of audiobooks, I could not finish this one. I agree with the reviewer who states that Mr Pamuk rehashes his characters over and over until they are lifeless. The constant forshadowing of doom is overbearing as well. Too bad, since there are some beautiful moments, but I couldn't tolerate it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    babak tehran, Azerbaijan 12-29-11
    babak tehran, Azerbaijan 12-29-11
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    "Book of snow book of time"
    Would you listen to Snow again? Why?

    Snow particles have unique structure but each have an special shape different from other particles exactly like people .snow particle dissolve immediately after reaching ground and soon after forming like time and like events .so novel is about snow .not only this but the novel itself is like snow particle . With a sophisticated and delicate engineering but very soft and natural . With facing mirrors and many parallel and vertical axises .this is the best way for showing hot middle east conflicts .peoples who are originally the same with same instincts with different ideologies fighting and killing each other . K is Orhan in different time ,snow over snow!!.BLU is originally same SONEI both are extremist first Islamist and second atheist both of them are snow particles .they are ruling and playing with people but both of them will be covered with snow .snow is sad and depressing but simultaneously sign of hope because shows everything is passing and covered by snow Babak Zamani MD


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was too long


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is familiar with pamuk


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I had no time


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for audiobooks it changed my life

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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