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  • The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi | Elif Shafak

    The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    In this follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 novel The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives---one contemporary and the other set in the 13th century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz---that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

  • The Bastard of Istanbul | Elif Shafak

    The Bastard of Istanbul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a 19-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanci family who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul.

  • The Architect's Apprentice | Elif Shafak

    The Architect's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Piter Marek
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    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.

  • The Architect's Apprentice | Elif Shafak

    The Architect's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
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    There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together ...Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare and valuable white elephant destined for the palace menagerie. So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan's court.

  • Honor | Elif Shafak

    Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Piter Marik
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    An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London. Internationally best-selling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in.

  • Three Daughters of Eve | Elif Shafak

    Three Daughters of Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Alix Dunmore
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    Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an 18-year-old sent abroad for the first time. It also takes her to her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity and to the scandal that tore them all apart.

  • Three Daughters of Eve

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    • By Elif Shafak
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    Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor.

  • Honour | Elif Shafak

    Honour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Colleen Pendergast
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    When Pembe leaves the Kurdish village of her birth, and her twin sister with it, it is for love. She follows her husband, Adem, to London with the hope of making a new life, but the family soon faces a stark choice: to stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. When Adem abandons his family, it is Iskender, Pembe’s eldest son, who must step in and prevent shame from falling on the family name. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

  • Die vierzig Geheimnisse der Liebe | Elif Shafak

    Die vierzig Geheimnisse der Liebe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Ann Vielhaben
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    Ella ist vierzig Jahre alt, hat einen Ehemann, drei Kinder im Teenageralter und ein schönes Zuhause in einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt. Eigentlich sollte sie glücklich sein, in ihrem Herzen breitet sich aber eine Leere aus, die früher von Liebe gefüllt war. Als Gutachterin für eine Literaturagentur taucht sie tief in einen Roman über den Sufi-Dichter und Mystiker Rumi und die vierzig ewigen, geheimnisvollen Regeln der Liebe ein.

  • Episode 64: Self-Esteem for Owls, and Newt Gingrich on the Heroin Problem | David Remnick,Brian Quijada,Newt Gingrich,Patrick Kennedy,Vinson Cunningham,Elif Shafak,Patricia Marx

    Episode 64: Self-Esteem for Owls, and Newt Gingrich on the Heroin Problem

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By David Remnick, Brian Quijada, Newt Gingrich, and others
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    Newt Gingrich isn’t known for bipartisanship, but he’s found a broad consensus for his efforts to address the opioid-addiction epidemic...

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