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.
The story was heartfelt and riveting. There are so many books that I have read and enjoyed, but 2 weeks later I have forgotten a lot of the details. Not with this one I still remember the characters and their stories. The descriptive writing of WWII in St. Petersburg and behind enemy lines kept my attention. One of the very best I have listened to or read. Definitely worth your time.
Books that provide insight along with story are special. Since I don't wish to spoil this for anyone by revealing too much, I'll just note there were new elements introduced I was unaware of until "City Of Thieves". I enjoy history in general and have read of the era. Discovering a unique perspective was a treat.
The narration made it seem quite real so I believe this could easily be a fine film.
As a great fan of all that is WW2, I have to say that this was wonderful, extrodinary book. I had just finished re-reading Harrison Salisbury's book "900 days..The Siege of Leningrad" and to then have the pleasure of plunging into the City of Thieves was amazing. What madness. What courage.
Indeed, in my mind, the book was an exciting subset of Salisbury's tale of horror.
The author captures in great detail all the cruelty and desperation of this massive battle between two of the world's most monsterous tyrants, Hitler and Stalin.
What great characters, I loved them all.
The reader is terrific and add's to the story in many, many ways. Story telling at its best.