©1936 Ayn Rand; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is a perfect combination of Ayn Rand and classic Russian literature. I love this novel.
I got a new perspective on post revolution Russian life in her unique perspective.
Because this is audio, the first thing you notice is the narrator. It's difficult to listen to one who whistles every single "s" when speaking. I had to get past that, albeit annoying. Once I could tune the whistling out, narration was good.
The story itself is tremendous and gives exquisite and painful insight into my own family's escape in 1917. The description of Petrograd and the Winter Palace gave credence to the legends I had heard, making them true.
I love Keira (sp?). What a girl.
I now need to listen to something with levity for a while, as Rand does a magnificent job pulling you through the story, making one feel that trapped anxiety.
Life changing story
Hard to compare - uplifting like The Fountainhead, yet tragic like Anna Karenina
Kira - Ms Woods captured her essence perfectly
Leo - to try to convince him to keep fighting
This is one of my favorite books; Mary Woods did an amazing job capturing the characters.
Dry, monotone, speed was all over the place. This is the first book I've had to adjust the speed on because it would randomly get way too fast.
One of my favorites. A picture of life in Soviet Russia, in the 1920s. Ayn Rand contrasts the differences between sheep and spirited human beings. It is not as polished as "The Fountainhead," or "Atlas Shrugged," but was published earlier than either of them. This is part of its appeal, however, and doesn't detract from the story. The audio version is helpful for pronunciation of Russian names.
Somewhat plodding and methodical, much like the post-Czarist Russia.The characters are wooden and two dimensional. It is nowhere near as good as Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead
A great writer.
An excellent reader.
Rands grasp of human psychology is key; all of the characters resemble someone you know--especially the minor and ancillary. It's a tale of a people's relentless decline to resignation, illness and passivity. Call it reportage, but stuffed in a more attractive romance.
Depressing story nevertheless, made worse by the knowledge that this happened to millions in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, China, and elsewhere. Still worse, it may happen here.
It's been a long while since I have been so disappointed and chagrined by the ending of a story. There was not a single story line or character ending that resolved the way I would have hoped or wanted. It left me heart sick and sad. When it ended, I couldn't believe that could possibly be the end. Her other books have had a more hopeful ending. Guess this one just blindsided me.Even so, it is an AMAZING story of love, unrequited love, sacrifice, endurance, courage ... the list goes on. Not to be missed.
Have not read other books with such a completely developed love story. Others fall short of the depth in this story.
Her characterizations of women were pretty good. There are a lot of very different men in this book with lots of variations in their personalities that didn't quite translate for me in her reading of them.
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