The systematic analytical style may be fine for in depth reading but is extremely tedious to listen to. There's no way to skip the repetition either by skimming.
Absolutely not! Too many Russian names and historical details. Seriously flawed narration.
No.. I usually complain about poor pronunciation of foreign words and names in audiobooks. This one had the reverse problem. The narrator seemed so eager to show off his flawless Russian that the performance was annoyingly affected and pretentious. He also read every sentence as if it were the most important one in the book with exaggerated drama. Editing was also poor, with no breaks between sections of text./ Read the book instead.
This book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of the siege of Leningrad are horrific, and the book requires a knowledge of World War II history and an interest in classical music. That being said, it's definitely worth the effort--to read.
If you like romanticized historical fiction, maybe this book is for you. Otherwise beware. Only the best writers can take on the Middle Ages without religious sentimentality and cardboard characterization. I couldn't get through this book and required a healthy dose of restorative Chaucer. One more thing: ACCENTS. Narrators should not even attempt a foreign accent unless they know how to pronounce the language in question like a native. This narrator is not alone in his mispronunciation of foreign words and names, including the name of the cathedral, which is la catedral del Mar, not "de la Mar."
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