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A Whisper to the Living Audiobook
A Whisper to the Living
Written by: 
Stuart M. Kaminsky
Narrated by: 
Daniel Oreskes
A Whisper to the Living Audiobook

A Whisper to the Living

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Publisher's Summary

Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov is an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union. He and his team are searching for a serial killer who has claimed at least 40 victims. And then there is the problem of protecting a visiting British journalist who is working on a story about a Moscow prostitution ring--in doing so Rostnikov and his team uncover a chain of murders that lead to a source too high to be held accountable if the police want to keep their jobs--or their lives.

©2009 Double Tiger Productions, Inc. (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    Robert kennewick, WA, USA 04-25-10
    Robert kennewick, WA, USA 04-25-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series,"

    This is a great series, it helps to be a follower and to have some familiarity with the characters. The economy of language is marvelous and the multiple story lines help paint a complex if bleak picture of life in Russia. The narration is a bit over the top with a 'Moose and squirrel must die' Slavic accent but otherwise completely convincing and very enjoyable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adrianne greenport, NY, USA 05-29-10
    Adrianne greenport, NY, USA 05-29-10
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    "Kaminsky fans will not be disappointed."

    Kaminsky's wonderful detective Rostnikov series never disappoints. His characters have such depth and the stories are always interesting. After having read almost all of Kaminsky's other Rostnikov books listening to the book with the reader's Russian accent added to my enjoyment. I HIGHLY recommend "A Whisper to the Living".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-10-16
    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-10-16 Member Since 2016

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Mr. Kaminsky owns this little corner of the world."
    Where does A Whisper to the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the top third.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Whisper to the Living?

    Attention: Spoiler of a kind. The end of the book is the wedding of Viktor Rostnikov, son of Porfiry and Sarah, and Elena Timofyeva, one of the detectives in the Senior Rostnikov's unit. We also discover that she is pregnant, and thus Porfiry and Sarah are grandparents. The scene is not just a bunch of drunken rowdy Russians, but it is played by describing the exits of various characters whom we know: Karpo, Tkach, the Yak and others. It is very moving in its way.


    What does Daniel Oreskes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his variety of Russian accents. There are so many characters in the book that sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart, but the narrator helps us by varying the accents and other patterns of speech (Russianized American English, that is). I have read most of the books in this series, and I know and love these characters very well, although loving Emil Karpo is almost a self-cancelling phrase. He is a man with zero human feelings. But the primary characters are like a big, sprawling Russian family, and we get to know them as a group and as a collection of individuals.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible for me. I don't have the stamina to listen to a book for ten plus hours without falling asleep. Also, I like to stretch out the experience, because when it's over, it's over.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Kaminsky's imagination is limitless. he keeps creating new adventures for these people which are examined from many angles, from the small individuals all the way up to the national Russian and international Russia-in-the-world factors. The politics of Russia and Moscow in particular are described in ways that teach us a lot. These are treasures to read, and then to go back to and re-read after a few years have gone by.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Oklahoma City, OK, USA 03-26-10
    Kelly Oklahoma City, OK, USA 03-26-10
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    "not worth it"

    this was a very boring book

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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