I've listened to all the unabridged novels by this author and found his writing to be humorous and biting. For me, the plot in this one is decent but secondary to the artful way in which he turns a phrase and comments on life in Russia. I've enjoyed other books narrated by Ron McLarty, including his own novels, but did not appreciate the Rhode Island accent transported to Russia. I liked Henry Strozier's reading much better, as McLarty's rendition made this more into a novel whose actions were taking place in America, or a Russia in which everyone spoke with a American accent.
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