This book has everything. How can a book that describes horrible war time conditions also be so funny that it makes you laugh out loud? It was realistic, humorous, and I cried at the end. Sure some of the language is rough and the conversation is appropriate to two young males, but it is not a "guy" novel, as some have suggested. It is a novel about friendship and courage. The reader was excellent. The narrator was a low key kind of guy and that's how it was read. Perfect.
A fascinating story, well told. Ron Perlman is a talented narrator and I hope to hear more from him at Audible.
I don't think I have ever given a 5 star review before. This is an amazing book, well written, and well read by the actor, Ron Perlman. It's about the seige of Lenningrad and two Soviet youths who go behind enemy lines to find a dozen eggs in exchange for not being shot by the Soviet army for desertion and looting. It has pathos, humor, a compelling story, and a glimpse of a time and a place so realistic, I got cold reading it. If you want a shorter book that will keep you listening, this is it.
I have never in my life read a book I wanted to re-read right away. This is the first. What a wonderfully crafted story. No offense to Ron Perlman who did a magnificent job reading it to me, but I am going to go out and buy the hard copy and read it like this one should be read. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Benioff's work.
I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.
This story blew me away. I was surprised that I was immediately involved in this well written story. I've always liked Russian history, so I thought this book might interest me. I listened throughout the night--couldn't stop. There were a few parts that were gruesome; the book, after all is partly about Nazis who have invaded Russia. But the real story is about two young men traveling on foot in the cold and snow with very little food to complete a task they promised a Russian colonel they would do. It was so easy to get lost in the adventure of this book. I highly recommend it. BTW Ron Perlman does an excellent job narrating.
Bought the book on sale - basically because the reviews were good. It was better than good. We were listening to it on the Interstate and completely missed our turnoff! Would highly recommend it. I don't think the book could have taken a different narrator. This guy balanced the excitment of the book by not being too overpowering. A very good read try it.
This reminiscence of a Russian immigrant grandfather about an episode in his life during the siege of St Petersburg is fully engaging, compelling, and beautifully written. The characters are clearly drawn and utterly believable, and the conditions they suffer through during the siege are both horrifying and entirely plausible. The bitter-sweet ending could not be anticipated until very late in the story. I read 40-50 novels a year and this one is among the very best.
Wonderful story. Pitch-perfect reader. You may want to read it rather than listen to it, but this was one of my favorite audiobooks of the past several years. Kolya is a finely drawn, unforgettable character. You'll love him and Lev.