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.
This book was amazing. Originally I picked it up on sale just to have something to listen to and it was just a wonderful story. Along with a great story the reader was perfect for this one as well. Get this and read it, you won't be sorry!
I loved how the author put these two people together and incorporated how hard it was to find food during the war in Russia. By the end of the book, I had became endeared to the two main characters.
The book is everything you want. Funny and sad but keeps you entertained from beginning to end.
Too many to just pick one.
I wasn't sure at first if Hellboy could pull it off. Now I want to hear him again!
It's too long for one sitting but I found myself finding time to listen more than other books.
I am still in the middle of listening to this, so I guess this might be a premature review. But, it is probably my favorite audiobook EVER!! I don't want it to end! The story is brilliant - funny, sad, horrifying, and uplifting all at one time. And the narration and voices by Perlman are just perfect. Love the music that comes in at points also. Overall, a fabulous production and story.
Yes. Historic, exciting, well read and great writing.
Kind of in a class by itself. Russian writers influence, but really with an American sensibility.
Accents were good., a little hammy, but fun.
The last chapter.
I hope this makes money for Mr. Benioff. He's a real talent.
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
In the middle; not the best; not the worst.
The Cellist of Sarajevo------a war story of human triumph.
Eggs for the Colonel's Daughter
Interesting story but with gruesome, disturbing details. War is not pretty so a realistic portrayal.
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
From the first minute to the last I was fully engaged and riveted
Lev won my heart with his steady growth into a man of character. I felt as though I was seeing the world through his tested lenses.
All equally terrific
too many to choose just one
My best friend is a reference librarian in SE CT and this book was chosen as their annual book for all of SE CT to read. Every three years a work of fiction is selected. She said everyone greatly enjoyed the book.
The last two books of fiction I've found riveting were this and Shantaram.
Thank you Audible books for providing us with such terrific literature and worthy readers and a community of kindred spirits.
I've never read the print version, but my guess would be - YES!
Colman (the blond one of the pair)
I'm not the most fluent of people, but I'd recommend this book very highly. It's packed with adventure and the characters are so well drawn that you feel like you know them and are routing for them (and against their many enemies). The language and behavior of the characters are a little vulgar in places, but it's not the least bit gratuitous.