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Breaking Stalin's Nose Audiobook

Breaking Stalin's Nose

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Publisher's Summary

Celebrated artist and author Eugene Yelchin drew on his own experience growing up in Soviet Russia to pen this Newbery Honor Book. Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik, who wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer in Stalin’s Communist Party. But when his father, a member of the State Security police, is arrested the night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, Sasha is left to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about Stalin and what it truly means to be a good comrade.

©2011 Eugene Yelchin (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"[G]ets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends." (Horn Book)

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    Ira Boca Raton, Florida, United States 06-11-12
    Ira Boca Raton, Florida, United States 06-11-12
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    "Compelling! Frightening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Breaking Stalin's Nose the most enjoyable?

    The story is horrifying, so I'm not sure that "enjoyable" is the right word to describe it. I would say that experiencing the hell, that was Stalin's Soviet Union, through the slowly evolving perspective of a 10 year old boy, is both riveting and frightening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was immensely impressed by the relentless, unsentimental way that the story unfolds.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Turetsky – was your favorite?

    The main character, without question.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this book to be absolutely gut wrenching. It's impossible to listen to it, without being affected.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very powerful book. It should completely dispel any "romantic" notions that anyone might have, about what life under Stalin was like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    goalie 09-23-16
    goalie 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story based on history we must all know"
    What made the experience of listening to Breaking Stalin's Nose the most enjoyable?

    Listening wasn't enjoyable but it was compelling. What is griping about this story is that it illustrates so well the experience of living under totalitarianism. Its a simplified, less dense version of 1984, yet just as compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator


    What about Mark Turetsky’s performance did you like?

    His inflections. His reading seemed quite consistent with how I imagine a young boys mind works.


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    "Morgan Walker"

    I really enjoyed this book, I had picked it out from the library at my school. It was so good that I just had to buy it! It is a fast pasted book, I am a 12 year old that hates to read but this book I couldn't wait to start reading it again! 5 out of 5

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    Ashley H. 02-11-15
    Ashley H. 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "4of 5"

    Too short if it was longer I would give it 5 stars. I think it should have had a longer story

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