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Gorky Park | [Martin Cruz Smith]

Gorky Park

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?
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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

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

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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-30-11
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2013
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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:).

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Mayhew Seattle, WA 01-15-15
    Scott Mayhew Seattle, WA 01-15-15 Member Since 2014

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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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    Mark 11-24-14
    Mark 11-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worse Narration ever!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Gorky Park?

    Great story but ruined by narration. Henry Strozier can't even pronounce name of leading character correctly. If you want to listen to a great book on tape listen to Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith narrated by Frank Mueller.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Strozier?

    Frank Mueller who did a great job in Polar Star


    Any additional comments?

    Don't give up on Martin Cruz Smith due to horrible narration from Strozier

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth M. Penson 10-07-14 Member Since 2014

    Ruth

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    "Boring! Could NOT finish it!"

    Found this very dull. Just did not hold my attention & i do know it was on the bestseller list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary DAHLONEGA, GA, United States 09-01-14
    Rosemary DAHLONEGA, GA, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me!"
    Would you try another book from Martin Cruz Smith and/or Henry Strozier?

    No, this one is so grim, so dark, so unrelentingly ugly that I would not read or listen to a Martin Cruz Smith book. Henry Strozier, however, is a good performer so I don't hold my very negative reaction to the book against him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Cruz Smith again?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Henry Strozier?

    Yes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment. I can't wait to return it. I didn't finish listening to it because I found it so dreadfully grim.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen D. King 08-08-14
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    "This book just never got my attention."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think this book would ever receive 4 or 5 stars.


    Has Gorky Park turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, the book was all over the place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 09-14-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked it a lot but"

    I read this long ago and remembered how much I liked it so I had to try it as an audio book. I still liked it but for me it's not quite a five. I liked the characters, good and bad, a lot but as much as I liked them individually they didn't really mesh together for me. Except for maybe Kerwell and Inspector Renko. They had an odd relationship that was interesting.

    The narrator was ok maybe a bit dry for me but at the same time maybe utilitarian was what they were looking for in conjunction with a Russian back drop that was kind of the same way.

    I'll continue on but I think these are better read in book form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 02-15-13
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 02-15-13 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "I got lost....."

    ans I do not mean "lost" as in "fascinated."I mean "lost " as in couldn't follow the story.The writing style is rich with good character development, but I didn't connect with the main character. Not a book for someone looking for thrills and action.

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    Gary 09-12-12
    Gary 09-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow - this is slow. But . ."

    I was about to fall asleep in the completely unnecessary details in between actual story. The core story isn't so bad. But it just falls together in some convenient way. How the detective just magically is able to speak with these people.

    It is just barely worth listening to, but get the abridged version.

    The narrator isn't too boring, but it is hard to tell between the characters at times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benihanaa Provo, UT 08-27-12
    Benihanaa Provo, UT 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sometimes hard to follow narrator"
    If you could sum up Gorky Park in three words, what would they be?

    Good character development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gorky Park?

    Very exciting ending!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was often hard to distinguish who was talking in the book as the narrator rarely changed tones between characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Already a film for this book. Interested to see it now.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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