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
How immersive the story was, how absorbed in the world I'd become whenever I would resume listening. Haven't felt that way with a good book in a long time, I credit the author and the voice actor for their ability to convey the heart of such interesting characters.
Khan, because, He's Khan.
The scene where the young boy who is with the old man attacks the Reich soldier and is killed, artyom through anger sacrifices himself on principle, in the presence of death.
Yes, fortunately it's very long so I couldn't. I love consistently great books that take forever to finish its so worthy of your time
Rupert Degas is my favorite voice actor to ever do an audiobook. I've listened to like 30-40 audiobooks in my life and never have I been so drawn in and convinced by a full on performance of dialogue. Let me just say this, if this man doesn't do the 2035 audiobook when that comes out I will be ridiculously upset. Also, if you get a chance, try out the games they somehow manage to be phenomenal as well. This author has got something special with this world and I'd hate to see him let it go just yet, it's dying for more stories, begging for them, like a call, coming down the tunnel.
I enjoyed the game to a VERY high degree, and the book just brought up those memories of sitting in a dark room almost wetting myself due to scares! It has an amazing story, well written and very well thought out.
I think my favorite character would be Artyom (the protagonist). He is naive in a sense and throughout the book you really get attached to him. He doesn't seem stupid, doesn't seem overly smart. Overall, a very realistic character.
No, I've never listened to any of his other performances but after Metro 2033 I will definitely be picking up another book he narrates.
Metro 2033 - Earth's last stop (?)
Not very good with taglines and to be honest, if this was made into a movie (and made correctly) it really doesn't need a catchy tagline. The title is enough!
A nuclear war in 2013 wiped out most of the population of the world, and the remnants living underground in the Moscow subway tunnels believe they are the only humans left alive. Each station in the old metro is now its own little city-state. The main character, a young man named Artyom, is sent on a quest to another station. Along the way, he meets Nazis, Communists, Satanists, monks, cannibals, cultists, flying monsters, and mutants. The ending is ironic and grim, as befits a Russian novel taking place after the bombs fall.
Apparently a big cult phenomenon in Russia, which has spawned sequels and video games, Metro 2033 reads a lot like an old-school post-holocaust fantasy, with a man of the new world journeying through the wreckage of the old one, missing the references that are left for the reader to recognize. It also reads a lot like an old-school dungeon crawl, which makes it both repetitive and fun, though I'm afraid the repetitiveness caused me to tune out at several points in the story as I listened to the audiobook.
Artyom's quest basically consists of going from one station to the next, finding each ruled by some twisted microcosm of the old world (the Red Line, the Fourth Reich, the Watchtower, etc.), escaping, and moving on, acquiring and losing companions along the way.
It's not hard to see how this would adapt well to a game. The writing was often psychologically deeper than your typical mutant-haunted post-apocalyptic tale, but the descriptiveness of the prose seemed to fall a little flat in translation. It's definitely a little different in tone from a Western sci-fi novel, even though it conforms to the genre fine. Had it been a little bit less of a dungeon crawl, I would probably have enjoyed it more, but after the third or fourth narrow escape from underground morlocks, I began to simply become impatient for the climax. I suspect, however, that there are a lot of references and in-jokes that didn't translate well into English.
I was not a big fan of the narrator, who was not terrible, and had a properly deep, sonorous Russian voice, but his tone was flat and he frequently dropped his voice so low that I could not hear his words while driving unless I turned the volume all the way up.
The best thing about the experience was the narrator, and I do not say that lightly since the story was so incredible on its own. This is the first time listening to Rupert Degas, however he's trumps all other narrators I've heard yet. His pacing is perfect. He remains consistent with all of his voices and pronunciations, while doing character voices in a pitch-perfect Russian accent. This was the first audiobook I've listened to where I could not detect a single flaw with the narrator's performance.
The ending was very powerful. I kind of saw it coming at about half-way through the book as the main character bounces back and forth between existentialism and destiny, so I was never quite sure if I had really put my finger on it or not. I liked that I kept second guessing myself. The plot was full of philosophical ideas, which, while not fully explored, were presented in a way that, combined with the details of this unique universe, gives you much to reason to pause the recording and ponder for a while.
Powerful, authentic, and varied voices and a mastery of Russian pronunciations that I simply would not have been able to recreate myself while reading in my head. There is no confusion as to who is talking, and he really emotes so well that, although some of the characters are bland and one dimensional, you can really feel for them despite that. My eyes welled up at the end, and I don't believe I would have been as emotionally invested in this book had it not been for his expert narration.
This book is so much better than game that is loosely based off of it. It is far creepier, and the words used paint a very real, vivid atmosphere and environment. I had no troubles with suspension of disbelief. The novel is much more somber as well, not full of action and violence, but instead with much introspection.
The narrator was excellent--definitely the best I have heard. Voice inflection, voices for different characters, etc. were all very impressive and made the story enjoyable to listen to.
I think the post-apocalyptic Moscow metro made an interesting setting, particularly with the various different factions, faiths, creatures, etc. that are encountered through the story.
I have a real soft spot for this kind of dystopian stuff if its well written....and this book is both well written and well narrated. Good plotting, moves right along and the I can believe that the characters are genuinely human...except for a few who aren't supposed to be. Also, the pace is varied enough to keep it dramatic but credible. It is a dark view in a dark world, but not so far from what really could be, given humanity's short sightedness and historical amnesia. Not the best I've read, but right up there with the real good ones.
Dark as Hell
He did a superb job with all of them, so it's difficult to choose just one.
Philosophy, action, and sci-fi wrapped up in a nice Russian flavored wrapper. You really feel the heaviness throughout Artyom's journey. The world feels lived in and abused. The flow is pitch perfect and the narrator does a FANTASIC job of giving each character a personality of their own. I literally can't say enough good things about this audio book.
Dedicated Audible reader - love the average apocalyptic dystopian horror story!
This book is a story originally written in Russian. There is very little that does not make it through the translation. The horrors the characters encounter in a post apocalyptic world are so imaginative that I had to go back and re-listen to some passages to get a good grasp on what they are truly seeing. The Kremlin itself is not safe place for those that dare to venture outside of the underground subway where the horrors are just as great.
Alot of differences compared to the game, but altogether great. There were a couple scenes from the game that I was hoping to hear in the book, but weren't there. The narrator was amazing! Totally blows the game voices out of the water.
Rare is it that one finds such a fleshed out world in apocalyptic science fiction.
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