Last Train to Istanbul

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayse Kulin

Narrated By: Sanjiv Jhaveri

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: October 2013

Duration: 12 hours 12 minutes


Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman paşas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household — until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life — only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis. But in the midst of darkness shines a beacon of hope: A handful of courageous Turkish diplomats, protected only by the tenuous neutrality of their homeland, hatch a daring plot to spirit the exiled lovers and hundreds of innocent Jews to safety. Together, they will traverse a war-torn continent, crossing enemy lines and risking everything in one last, desperate bid for freedom.


  • Shelly A.

    Pretty good plot and overall a great story. The narration was fine, but sometimes a bit hard to understand depending on the accent. Still, I would recommend the audio version because it helped to bring the story alive.