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Metro 2033 | [Dmitry Glukhovsky]

Metro 2033

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory.

Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth, living in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters, or the need to repulse enemy incursion.

VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line, one of the Metro's best stations and secure. But a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro to alert everyone to the danger and to get help. He holds the future of his station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.

©2007 Dmitry Glukhovsky (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Morad Jerusalem 07-20-14
    Morad Jerusalem 07-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it while playing the game!"

    I started playing the game before reading this book, and finished them both together, there are almost no spoilers shared between the video game and the book, on the contrary, they compliment each other better than any other book+movie or book+video-game I have seen so far.

    I recommend you do them both together, don't start one after you finish the other, trust me it will make the experiences on both mediums much more amazing than any one would have been on its own..

    I myself play a lot of games but if you don't, I think you might even enjoy it more, you can find the game cheap on online digital stores.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Enschede, Netherlands 07-20-13
    Amazon Customer Enschede, Netherlands 07-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A soulsearching adventure with horror"
    If you could sum up Metro 2033 in three words, what would they be?

    Psychological horror adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character development during the story makes him very interresting. It also makes you question yourself during the story if you would share his views or not as the story progresses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character is returing to his home station and he start asking himself about everything that has happen to him and he survived and others did not.


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

    A story that will make you question your own place in the world and what is truly valuable and what is not.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is a bit hard to read on its own. Mainly because it was translated in a very google-like way. With the audiobook, however, it becomes much easier to follow the story all the way to the end. I recommend when you buy the book to buy this audiobook as well. I will guarantee that you will not be dissapointed when you do that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Øster Hornum, Denmark 10-29-12
    Mark Øster Hornum, Denmark 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent in every aspect!"
    Where does Metro 2033 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably THE best audiobook i have heard and my guess is it will stay the best for a long time.


    Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Rupert Degas is an excellent narrator but this is one of his best performances.


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

    The book gave me chills several times over and the ending forced a few tears to my eye.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 06-05-15
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    "Amazing book, great narration."

    Extremely good book especially if you're a fan of the game series as it gives background information on characters creating a richer development. Very good narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 11-26-14
    Chris 11-26-14
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    "Post Apoc character journey at it's best"
    Would you listen to Metro 2033 again? Why?

    No, only because I never read / listen to books a second time, but I would recommend to friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Artyom, the book is more about his character then a specific plot (although there is a driving goal) Artyom is well written with complexity to make you want to see his development throughout.


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

    I really enjoyed his Russian accents varying from character to character without feeling over produced.


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

    If you only have time to see one movie before the apocalypse, see this one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a very pleasant surprise, I picked it up because I had just got the video game and it far exceeded all expectations. If you like things such as "The Road" and "The Walking Dead" you will probably like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-17-14
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

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    "Not Bad."

    I bought this book because I played the games and thought the storyline in the games was amazingly interesting. The book wasn't bad and the Narrator was awesome. My GF read the russian version of this book at the same time and we both have a very similar opinion. Not bad, the idea behind this book is a lot more interesting. It kept my interest I was hoping for more, I don't think I can really recommend it to anyone unless you are just into the post apocalyptic type stories. I hated the ending, there were 2 games, the first game followed the book, if I can find book two that follows game 2, I think I would buy it. :)

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    Anders 03-25-15
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    "Not a book for me"
    What would have made Metro 2033 better?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Heard so much good abut it but was please end so i can listen to something else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 10-12-12
    valerie 10-12-12
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    "Men with Guns"

    I got through about a third of this audio book before I got terminally bored. The book has a very interesting premise but it is not well realised, and for my part I absolutely refuse to listen to a book that appears not to have a single female presence. I've enjoyed plenty of books with male protagonists where women don't play major roles, but Metro 2033 is ridiculous. Artyom is male, his friends are male, he travels through the Metro and meets more males. Maybe women feature later in the book, but I had already waded through hours with barely a mention and I lost faith that the author had ever actually met any. The only mention I can recall at this point was a dismissive comment between two males. Maybe some future reviewers who get through the whole book will correct my rather negative impression.

    On the plus side, the book is beautifully narrated. Rupert Degas is one of the best narrators around and I almost kept listening to the book just to hear his voice/s.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Katherine
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
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    "Thrilling and Engaging"

    Metro 2033 really is like nothing I've ever read/heard before, and the plot never follows your expectations. There are multitude of characters, and no matter how briefly they appear, you get the sense that they are beings in their own rights, who have full lives that happen to momentarily interconnect with Artyom's, as opposed to being literary devices to serve the plot's goals - something I have rarely come across. I've never had such a curiousity towards so many characters, and when you leave one behind, you are torn between excitement for the plot advancement and a sort of "wait, I want to learn more about this guy!".



    The is a lot of backstory and explanatory asides in Metro 2033, particularly in the early chapters, however it never feels dull or slow, and it does really help to set the scene. I loved hearing about the different politics and religions that are found at each station, as you could really feel the amount of thought and skill that has been put in to making each station as unique as each character.



    Rupert Degas should be praised for being an absolute joy to listen to. Having absolutely no familiarity with Russian, and seeing things like "VDNKh" in the blurb, I was worried that I would get lost in all the names and places, but Rupert is clear and enunciate. Furthermore he makes each character's voice distinct, so that you can easily tell who is speaking, without having to rely on "said ...." markers.



    My only tiny gripe is that it was not very scary, as I was expecting - however this might be that the friend who recommended it to me over-hyped this aspect in an effort to get me to read/listen to his favourite book.



    On the whole - an engaging and fascinating book full of rich detail that is incredibly well read. I highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Good, post apocalyptic fun - Russian style"

    And by that I mean it goes weird and bleak! Well written, good characters, some of which I wish had lingered longer. I left the novel with a claustrophobic feeling of tunnels burried deep.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mattia
    United Kingdom
    5/31/13
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    "Absolutely Outstanding"

    What a great book this is,

    It'll give you chills and you'll dream about the heart pounding terrifying moments. Not a moment of rest from the amazing story always pacing ahead with the steady feeling of growth of the main character and with absolut absence of repetition. Not two scenes are alike and every scene is unique in its originality, you'll never get bored and will always want to get to the next chapter because you know that something amazing will happen, but at the same time you'll regret getting to the end of the chapter you're at because it is so very entertaining. Some scenes will freeze the blood in your veins.
    The narrator is just perfect as well.

    Get this a-book, you'll thank me later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Dublin, Ireland
    7/9/12
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    "A riot of imagination!"

    I had already read the book when I decided to pick up the audiobook. I'm relatively new to the audiobook world and decided that a story I was already familiar with was a good idea so that I could listen to it while doing work. I made the right decision. It was like hearing a story I loved in a completely different way all over again. I have listened to Librivox audiobooks before mainly so the idea of casts of characters and, particularly in this case, proper pronunciations and accents blew me away.

    Cannot recommend both the book and this recording of it enough. Buy it for the story, stay for the reading quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    6/14/12
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    "Adventure and uncertainties at every turn"

    Well written and narrated story, I was hooked from the 1st to the last word, total suspense and not over played on the mystery, with a huge unexpected twist at the end, defiantly worth the listen again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jyrki
    Helsinki, Finland
    4/13/13
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    "Couldn't get through"

    The concept is very interesting, world is nicely structured and is full of interesting details. But the story is slow paced and very fragmented. The protagonist travels from one situation to another and encounters different kind of people. Writer's focus seems to be presenting different kinds of political and ideological views with as wide spectrum as possible. Than kind of makes them quite stereotypical: nazis are evil and religious people nutcases etc.

    Jumping from one encounter and episode to another made the story too slack for my taste, so I stopped listening after about 2/3.

    Although I might give it another chance some day.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • felix
    6/8/15
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    "Amazing narrator"

    The sheer variety in Russian accents this guy can pull makes this more drama than literature

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Sturge
    5/21/15
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    "A fast paced epic"

    Great voice work and a well structured story and narrative highly recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil Wyse
    Oxford
    4/27/15
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    "A chilling and thought provoking tale."

    The storyline is fantastic but on occasions becomes a little confusing. However it all comes together in a spellbinding climax. Well worth sticking with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comrade
    3/27/15
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    "Very well done!"

    A range of well thought out voices really have life to the cold dank metro.

    My main gripe with the story (SPOILER ALERT) is that the middle of the story can be summed up with the sentence "isn't X crazy?".
    Artyom becomes a little too much of a mouth piece of criticism at times but fortunately has enough personality to bring him back as a character at key moments. (END OF SPOILERS)

    Loved the game, loved the book. What a compelling world which I would truly reccomend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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