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
Psychological horror adventure
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.
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.
A story that will make you question your own place in the world and what is truly valuable and what is not.
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.
Probably THE best audiobook i have heard and my guess is it will stay the best for a long time.
Rupert Degas is an excellent narrator but this is one of his best performances.
The book gave me chills several times over and the ending forced a few tears to my eye.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Why I decided to read this title?"
So to begin.... I played game about the same title. I was really fascinated by this world. Dark and heavy atmosphere that kept you in claustrophobic tunnels. I made my mind to read the book to complete the series and have a full view on this title. I have made a mistake. This book is good when begins, then it is down the hill. Maybe this is caused by poor translation from Russian. The story - well there is no story. We are going through tunnels with Artyom, naive boy in his twenties, he does know nothing about world. While he is traveling he is constantly torpedoed by ideas why world ended in nuclear war and was destroyed. Artyom is cultural boy and actively listen to story that any stranger is going to tell him. Rarely Artyom is presenting his point of view. I did not like some of the messages that author attempted to sneak out through this lecture, on of this is claiming that nuclear war - or human genocide happen because humans turned away from faith and rules that faith is providing. Atheists are bad. Besides of all that ideology inserted for metro system, book is almost non plastic, i had hard time to imagine color of the clothes or the tunnels. Author makes no attempt to keep tunnels alive. Action is slow paced, often disrupted by awfully long monologues where author is trying to answer question why all this happen.Simply I could not wait till the end of the book. I was tired of Artyom, non human or rather naive as a kid protagonist. He even not think for a second of a woman, guy in his twenties - only about hist mother.
Dmitry attempted to answer question why war started by saying that one of the cause is, humans lost faith and turned away from god.
Priest that was praising Great Worm.
Rupert Degas did great job reading this book. Without him, probably i would return this book. Thanks to Rupert, i listen it till the end.
"A solid story spiced with a little philosophy"
The novel is set post apocalypse and people only survive in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro. The story is well written, with interesting characters; what raised this above a run of the mill novel is the additional musings on the nature of things like time, destiny or religion. I found the presentation of the authors thoughts interesting and my enjoyment of the novel didn't rest on my agreeing with them.
This is a substantial book, it's not the sort of story you finish and immediately start another. I had to digest the ending and found myself mulling over the story for a while after reading it.
Rupert Degas is probably my favourite narrator and he only increased his lead with this performance.
First off, download a map of the moscow metro in English and have a look at some photographs of the Metro Stations. This is the only way to get an understanding of how vast the Moscow metro is and a feel for what the stations are like. However without being able to see the writtten names of the stations that our protagonist passes through, it is very difficult to follow his quest on the map, due to the Russian pronunciation. It took me ages of pause & rewind to figure out which was his home station. Something sounding like Veedee En Kah turned out to be the station called VDNKH and so it went with many of the station names.
The premise of this book is fascinating and I really wanted to like it. A nuclear war has wiped out humanity and the survivors of Moscow have fled undergournd to the tunnels of the metro system, where they have adapted to a lightless world. Above ground, strange mutations have occured due to the nuclear devastation and in some areas of the metro these frightening creatures are getting through, threatening life in the tunnel systems. A young hero is then drawn into a quest through the tunnels in order to save the last of humanity. Unfortunately this turns out to be a surprisingly monotonous listen.Though through no fault of Rupert Degas, who does a stellar job narrating. The writing style is just incredibly repetitive. Enter a new tunnel, strange things happen, arrive at a station, meet some inhabitants, long, drawn out converstions that rarely add to the plot, move on to the next tunnel and more of the same .A very linear story, with very surprisingly little action and one dimensional characters. Xbox 101. This is one of the rare occasions, where the PC game is actually better than the novel it is based upon and If I hadn't read about the "twist" at the end, I doubt I would have stuck it out. However, the ending is brilliant and throws the novel into a whole new light. It left me with such a feeling of Russian melancholy, I needed a vodka.
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