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Gorky Park Audiobook

Gorky Park

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Publisher's Summary

At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

©1981 Martin Cruz Smith; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant...One of the best books of the season." (Associated Press)

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    Lana 02-13-16
    Lana 02-13-16
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    "Complex and enthralling"
    Would you listen to Gorky Park again? Why?

    Having read Gorky Park over 20 years ago, it was a delight to find it on audio book, and because the story is complex and compelling I am listening to it again - making my way through book 1 to 8. Having lived briefly in Moscow, Martin Cruz Smith evoked lots of 'snowy' memories.


    What aspect of Henry Strozier’s performance would you have changed?

    While I like the sound of Henry Strozier's voice, I was very disappointed by his prounciation of Russian - in particular 'dacha' which he pronouced as 'da-kar'. Really! This is such a well known Russian word, I was appalled. A previous reviewer of this book also lamented his abuse of the Russian language. I think Audible needs to make sure their narrators can correctly pronounce foreign words. It's rather insulting otherwise.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 06-05-15
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 06-05-15 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "Oh those russians"

    I loved it. I had to restart it about 4 times before I was able to get into it. I had difficulty with understanding the different relationships. Sorting and keeping everyone sorted was tough. Martin Cruz Smith conjures an amazing plot. I is three deep involving police, spies and the KGB. The sense of place was awesome. Henry Strozier made sure of that. However, I found everyone sounded pretty much the same which made it hard to keep my characters apart. It was well worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Charlotte, N.C. 04-07-13
    Jeff Charlotte, N.C. 04-07-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Okay but Smith needs to refine his writing style"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked "Gorky Park" and stayed with it through the end but gave up on "Polar Star". Rented the "Gorky Park" movie, bought the T shirt, and both were just okay (as you can see I am a toughie). The problem the author has is a writing style that leads the reader from one more or less unpredictable moment to another. I found myself saying after a while, "who cares". Both books really could have used a much more ruthless editor (phone the copy desk).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 11-08-15
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 11-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Still very good 35 years later"

    I kept hearing references to this book even though it’s almost 35 years old now so I figured that must mean it’s very good. It is. This cold and weary book was written when the Soviet Union was still a thing, and it involves an honest detective investigating a triple murder in Moscow’s most famous park — in a country where there is not supposed to be crime, which is only for capitalist countries. How immature the obsessive spying and need to appear superior by both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. feels now! Bechdel test: fail. Grade: A-

    As for the narration, this was recorded a long time ago when narrators didn't "act" out the characters. The narration is very serviceable, though, and never got in the way of the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-30-11
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-30-11
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    "Crime novel with phony presentation of Russia"

    If you are looking for a crime novel to enjoy unbelievable twists of the plot written by talented author and narrated by a very good narrator, you will enjoy this book. But do not try to "learn russian soul" using this book. It is breathtakingly phony in that regard.

    Narrator is very good but he did not bother to learn correct pronunciation of Russian names of hotels, cities etc. If he would give a bottle of Vodka with caviar to any russian drunkard with fur hat and ask him to help, he would do much better job:).

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    Kristin 10-30-15
    Kristin 10-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"

    The story, the writing, the characters, the twists, the historical setting... and then there's the narration, all top notch.

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    Alexandra Zonis 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, sub-par narration"

    It is a really great story! The narrator makes it an unpleasant listen. He mumbles, sighs, swallows, and breathes audibly. He also mispronounces most Russian words and names, and by doing this brings down the quality. There are a lot of native Russian speakers that would be happy to collaborate on getting the pronunciation right. In the very least there is Google. The narration should be re-done to do this book justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GrandmaBlondie Midwest 07-08-15
    GrandmaBlondie Midwest 07-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Are we there yet?

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    "Fantastic story, I've listened to it many times"

    I love Gorky Park. It is gloomy, depressing, futile, exciting, scary, and oh, so Soviet! Investigator Arkady Renko is one of the best fictional cops in book land. When three faceless bodies are found in the snow, Arkady has his work cut out for him. The gloomy setting, red tape, corruption of just about everyone only adds to the story. If there is such a thing as a perfect Soviet whodunnit, this is it. Get ready for lots of cigarettes, vodka, interrogators, twists, turns, and a complicated plot. I love all the Arkady Rdnko stories. This is my second favorite after Wolves Eat Dogs.

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    Stephen Houston 06-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good!"

    I waited years to read this book. It was certainly worth the wait! Don't you wait!

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    Scott Mayhew Seattle, WA 01-15-15
    Scott Mayhew Seattle, WA 01-15-15 Member Since 2016

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    "story okay, characters indiscernible"
    What disappointed you about Gorky Park?

    The story was fine, I guess...but the reading by Strozier left me confused as to what was happening and who was who. This was due to the fact every character sounded the same.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Strozier’s performances?

    probably not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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