His was a common nightmare during the Stalin years. Those who survived imprisonment and torture were either sent north to hard labor in the icy forests and mines or into exile. Victor Herman was one of the few who survived. During his life in and out of Russian prisons, he fell in love with a Russian gymnast, who followed him into exile. She lived with him and their child for a year in Siberia in a cave chopped out of ice. Theirs was a romance destined to thrive even under desperate conditions.
©1983 Victor Herman; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Herman's tale is awful and heartening: awful that anyone should have undergone such things; heartening that he did and endured. This book is sure to take its place alongside Solzhenitsyn and Kessler's Darkness at Noon." (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Different, yet a 4 potato book that gives a real world picture of what the USSR was realy like, great insights as to how Mr. Henry Ford may have disposed of 'union' antagonists, and a man's never dying love of life. As to how it got rated four potatoes, .... only Victor has that answer.
A Wonderful World
This is one of the most fascinating stories I have ever read. I had never heard of Victor Herman nor did I know anything about this book but I took a shot at buying it based on its ratings. Herman turns out to be a very good writer on top of having had one of the most interesting lives I have ever read about. I really enjoyed Christopher Hurt's narration. If you are having trouble finding a good book to read then try this one. If there really is something called "chick lit" then this is probably "his lit" though I think most people would find the story interesting.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
Victor Herman has to have been one incredible human being. This isn't just a grueling retelling of a life's story, but a wonder essay on human nature as well. There is some wonderful philosophy and commentary on humanity. I wish I could have met this man.
5 Stars. Superb
Chris Reich of TeachU
Yes, yes, YES! I read this book in print four or five years ago, and was thrilled when I found it, by chance, on Audible. The author's style was more oral than literary, as though I were sitting across the table from him, drinking a cup of coffee. The narrator is superb; I only wish there were more of his performances on Audible.
The story is not always happy, sometimes brutal in its descriptions of the lengths one went to survive... and yet, it is not bitter - a testament to Victor herman himself.
When Victor met Galina, and his descriptions of Galina's devotion to him.
This book is worth all the potatoes you can eat (read the book to understand). I would have gladly spent more than one credit on this book, and will be purchasing it for a friend to share in the fascinating read.
It's like Victor crossed his eyes at the wrong petite bourgeoisie functionary in the government of the USSR and, as a reward, got to spend much of the rest of his life paying for it in the harshest manner possible. Victor gets my vote as one of the toughest people the planet has ever seen, and even he needed the kindness of others to make it through. We are all in this together, folks; and this story tells you why.
Clear and understandable performance. The story is the elephant in the room and thankfully Mr. Hurt knows that...the mark of a true professional.
Amazing story of survival and stoic unrelenting will to live!
Victor Herman has changed how I feel about obstacles,set back an disappointments.
He has also given me the gift of caring about political prisoner and their treatment.
I was really hard to get through some of the graphic nature of the book with regards to torture and the goings on of starving people but worth enduring the hard to read parts as his life as truly amazing.
Russia's Lindberg who was really America's second Lindberg! Victor Herman truly embodies the spirit of America and it's people desire to not allow hardship to stop them from survival and happiness. He reminds me of so many 9/11 survivors in their desire to keep focused on the reality that awful things happen and you can still move forward.
No, this is my first book read by him.
They tried to take away everything but his spirit could not be broken.
Victor Herman gives a candid narrative on how brutally one human being can treat another and at the same time give us insight as to how humans can survive these harsh environments. If you enjoyed "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, then you will enjoy this book as well.
After listening to this book, it makes me grateful for everything I have. I thought the narrative was excellent and the book was well written making it easy to listen to. For those who think they are having tough times, they should listen to this audiobook, which will cause your mind to shift how you think about present circumstances.
This was perhaps one of the most brutal books I have ever read / heard. Very humbling! In 2016, every American would do well to read Victor Herman's story and rethink what the heck they're doing with their lives and what really matters.
I really enjoyed the personal nature in which this was read! The story was very captivating and showed the power of the human will!!!
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