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  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    One of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union, this is the story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of Communist oppression. Based on the author’s own experience in the gulags, where he spent nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory remarks against Stalin, the novel is an unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin’s forced work camps.

    Mike McGuire says: "Most engaging book I have heard/read in months"
    "Will haunt you the rest of your life"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich the most enjoyable?

    Actually, this is not an "enjoyable" book. It is, on the other hand, one of the most important books ever written about the 20th century. The story of Russia under Stalinst rule would be completely unbelievable if it weren't completely true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How understated it is. By not overdoing it the auther made the story more powerful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not have a favorite scene. The book is so short it reads like a one-act play


    Who was the most memorable character of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and why?

    The narrator because his is the only mind tha author explores.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader for this book was a perfect choice. His almost machine like delivery might annoy some people but it suits the material.

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