Really intriguing story, well-built, likable characters, great performance by Ron Perlman.
The setting, and the character interactions.
Great voice. Subtle, yet unique voices for the different characters.
humor, suspense, captivating
The buddy relationship that developed between the main characters.
Kolya - a superbly fascinating hero. Brash, smart, and very human.
Mr. Perlman's performance was outstanding: he did a great job of developing a voice for each of the main characters -- so much so, I imagine the characters actually related to one another with that very expression...
Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!
Cleverly written! Shinning light on a period of time when survival of the fittest requires a little bit of luck. David Benioff made me laugh and cry all while keeping me on the edge of my seat.
I wasn't sure if I would like Ron Perlman's performance, eventhough I am a fan of him as an actor. But I was pleasently surprised at how smooth his delivery was.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The narrator was excellent. The story is well written for an audio. You can sink your teeth into it. Not boring in the least, not just another war story. This one brings you right down into the trenches. I am still listening to it so I don't have an opinion on how the author ends the story.
The narrator really brings the characters to life.
Haven't listened to Ron Perlman before.
Haven't yet finished the audio (about 20% to go) so I don't yet know my favorite character. I also don't know how this book is going to end, so I can't comment on that. So far, though, I am really enjoying listening to it.
I purchased this audio based on its reviews, so thanks for that.
While I found the major quest of the story improbable, I thought the conclusion was predictable. I couldn't help but want the protagonist to succeed, but I wasn't truly invested in his mission or him or his desired relationship.
I finished the book just to finish it.
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This is truely an amazing work. The dialogue between the characters is funny and likable . The descriptions of the environment and historic setting are deep. The plot is exciting and never predictable. Ron Periman does an amazing job as a narrator. I loved this book and I highly recommend it.
I listen to books while I do the repetitive part of my job and while I do yard work. I can't use audiobooks that require strict attention.
This is the story of a Jew caught out after curfew and a deserter from the Russian army. They are forced to work together for a week and they become friends in the process.
This insiders' view of the privations and dangers of living in and around Leningrad, still thought of as St. Petersburg by the population, is well told. The characters are engaging. I wanted extra socks, a warm coat and a cup of something hot to drink the entire time I listened to it.
It isn't always easy to hear. One part in particular had me cringing as I listened. And the disadvantage of listening rather than read is that you can't skip the hard stuff as easily.
This isn't light, but it is very, very good.
I totally loved this book that wove an amazing WW2 story around a young Jewish man needing to find a dozed eggs to save his life. The plot was full of unexpected twists and never let up. Narrator was fabulous.
This is very difficult. You see, dear reader, I wanted to like this book a lot less. That may seem very harsh and unfair, but it is true. It is for the sole reason that the premise is kind of ridiculous. A looter and a deserter are tasked with finding a dozen eggs in Russia during WWII. That's right, eggs. Not to mention that it seemed the author thought that, while the middle of the chapters could seem a little too light hearted at times (the protagonists pick some strange times to talk about girls), the end of the chapters always seemed to have a scene intended to add to the drama whether it was the protagonists actually finding themselves in a precarious position, or just a sad scene the characters stumble upon.
Like I said, these happened at the end of every chapter, but to give credit where credit is due, they never feel too forced. I wanted to like this book less for these reasons, true, but I couldn't and found myself having enjoyed the book.
I would not listen to this again because the despair and tragedies of war are emotionally distressing to me, but the book is quite good and I'm glad I listened.
The characters are well formed and relatable. The story has many twists and turns and the result is an unexpected adventure.
The end brought the whole story together very nicely.