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Susan

I've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold

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  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (715)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Disappointing"
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    Lots of glowing reviews - but to me, a very difficult unrewarding read. I'd expected, based on the synopsis that I'd read, that this would be about a boy forced to use his wits to round up a dozen eggs - and save his life. This is the back story, but what he and his companion had to endure to accomplish this is utterly depressing and difficult to wade through. The period of time involved is only several days, but the main characters must endure hunger, forced by the German Siege of Leningrad, the brutal cold of the Russian winter and dodging, or sometimes failing to, the Nazi guns. I'd expected something a bit more uplifting, along the lines of the movie, Life is Beautiful. Granted, this was a horrendous time in history and many people suffered greatly, but ultimately, I felt that this telling lacked humanity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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