Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Audible Sample

The Museum of Innocence Audible – Unabridged

3.7 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

See all 18 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
Audible, Unabridged
"Please retry"
Free with your Audible trial

Read & Listen

Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening on the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice.
Get the Audible audiobook for the reduced price of $10.49 after you buy the Kindle book.

Listen on your Kindle Fire or with the free Audible app on Apple, Android, and Windows devices.

Free with Audible trial
Buy with 1-Click

Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 20 hours and 32 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This is the first of Pamuk's novels that truly captivated me. Although others were good, this is the one that made me understand the way he is lauded as a novelist. Kemal, the main character, is indeed a jerk, but so much a product of his time, place, and class, that one gradually lets him off the hook. What is more impressive is the way his obsession with Fusun starts out as a self-indulgent rich boy fantasy, and then morphs into something more disturbing. And it does it so gradually, that one is hard pressed to decide just when he stops being simply in love/lust with a woman he cannot easily have (partly because he cannot easily have her), and when he starts becoming creepy and unhinged. Then quite gently he is rehabilitated into a quirky but not precisely mentally unstable older man, and we get some wonderful reflections on memory, nostalgia, and the evocative power of commonplace objects. I really felt that I was in the hands of a master as I read this book. Maybe other readers saw where the story was going, but I didn't, and I loved watching it unfold. Having spent time in Turkey in the 1970s, I can vouch for the fact that the classism and sexism of his story is a beautifully rendered reflection of the social tensions of the time. I appreciated how accurately Pamuk portrayed it and how lovingly he critiqued it. Though one suspects, based on the way he is himself inserted into the text in a rather self-congratulatory way, that he doesn't quite understand how bad it all was for those not walking around with wealthy male privilege. He's got Kemal's perspective down brilliantly; I'd love to see him try to really tell a story like this from inside the perspective of Fusun. I suspect he can't.
2 Comments 57 of 61 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pamuk in 'The Black Book' asked if it was possible to just be yourself. Here we have over 500 pages of a man being not only himself - but only himself to the exclusion of the reality of the world. Thus, the author answered his earlier question (in depth).

Filled with years of tedium and few moments of action; the story slowly winds its way through Kemal's obsession with the beautiful Fusun. Those years pass as if the rest of his life has absolutely no meaning.

This is a narrative told in the first person by Kemal that presents word pictures of the characters, the neighborhoods and Istanbul itself. The tone captured the times and events and, in particular, the feelings of Kemal.

Only on looking back at the entire book, when the tedium is over, could I appreciate the telling of the lives of Fusun and Kemal, and of the others who were involved with them. Most lives are not 'exciting' to us when described and yet they are as exciting to those living them as ours are to us.

I kept turning the pages and imagining the 'museum' and how the story would eventually end. I'm not always able to predict the ending of a book, but this time I did - and it didn't affect the story. The best way to describe my feelings is that the whole was greater than the sum if its parts.
15 Comments 86 of 98 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Orhan Pamuk's novels abound with a wealth of probing, social leitmotifs that are gracefully orchestrated into a Turkey perpetually wrestling with its hallowed traditions and a hollow modernization of Western import. In My Name is Red, the brilliantly written, Borgesian novel that won him the prestigious IMPAC Dublin award, he maps an arabesque, philosophical outtake on 16th century Turkey by focusing on its already tense relations with the ancient West. In Snow, another Byzantine masterwork of such poignant political urgency, Mr. Pamuk explores the dissidence aroused between Islamism and Westernism within a narrative steeped in the vagaries of a more recent era.

In The Museum of Innocence, Mr. Pamuk has yet again chosen to undertake a somewhat tendentious cultural issue: that of virginity's cherished sanctity among Turkish women living in an Istanbul metamorphosing with the changing trends. Kemal Basmac', the Byronic hero of this ornately beautiful and bittersweet piece, tells us that "virginity was still regarded as a treasure that young girls should protect until the day they married. Following the drive to Westernize and modernize, and (even more significantly) the haste to urbanize, it became common practice for girls to defer marriage until they were older, and the practical value of this treasure began to decline in certain parts of Istanbul.
Read more ›
3 Comments 113 of 132 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Let me preface my review by admitting that I am a huge sucker for well written romance stories, even ones that may lack the literary genius that define masterpieces. This potentially contributed to the mesmerizing experience I had from reading this book. That said, Orhan Pamuk is a great writer who demonstrates an uncanny ability to put out beautiful and poignant literatures, as evident in all his previous work. I had the pleasure to listen to his talk at the New Yorker Festival last year where he talked about the experience of writing his book. As fascinating and hilarious as his speech was, I don't think he was able to convey what readers should be expecting in Museum of Innocence.

Museum of Innocence is a love story that alludes to much more. It is said that this is Pamuk's first novel about love (I disagree). The story is centered on Kemal's experience of encountering his love Fusun, as an almost married man, losing her and trying to win her back. Almost the entire story is told from his perspective because he represents multiple oppressive forces that existed in Turkish society in the 70s and 80s, despite his own resentment of these forces. The story is divided into short chapters with titles that convey metaphysical inquiries about love and happiness in the most colloquial and at times cliché language. The writing itself is rather poetic but contains a greater dose of realism than Snow. The storyline is punctuated with breathtaking imageries. Kemal's obsession with Fusun, manifested through his fetish of collecting the objects with associations with Fusun, is absurd by nature but made real and even what somewhat sensible by Pamuk.
Read more ›
Comment 19 of 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Look for Similar Items by Category