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William B. Martin

Tucson,Az
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  • Struggling to Survive

  • Anya Series, Book 2
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Anya's husband, a submariner, has died at sea, leaving Anya alone with her baby daughter. She returns to Moscow, but rebuilding her life is unexpectedly hard. It's the 1990s, and Moscow is undergoing dramatic social and economic changes. The old ways of living and making money don't work. Anya has to find new ways to survive, and fast. Her new life takes Anya from Moscow to Poland to Beijing, with dramatic experiences and encounters with violent crime, deceit, and corruption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Great Story

  • By Daman on 01-19-17

A happy ending for Anya!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Interesting historical fiction, with a lot of details about life in Russia in the 1990's. In this book, Anya is back to Moscow, and her life gets even more difficult before the first glimpses on happiness appear on her horizon. We were glad to see a happier ending to this part of her story. Dawn Adkins did a great job narrating this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anya's Story

  • Anya Series, Book 1
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Anya, a 17-year-old high school graduate, can't wait to marry her high school sweetheart and have a secure and stable life with him. Even when Russia is thrown into political turmoil and economic hardships, from food shortages and long grocery lines to exorbitant prices and late-night monetary reforms, Anya believes that love will persevere. Then, life takes an unexpected turn, and Anya has to face deceit, betrayal, and humiliation from the person closest to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent young adult novel highly recommended

  • By Vickie on 12-01-16

Very realistic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

A good YA novel. Anya is an interesting character, and the parts about her life in the Murmansk area, with her submariner husband, felt very realistic and especially interesting. Great narration, too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood

  • Short Stories
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Dawn Adkins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Most books about the Soviet Union focus on politics, food shortages, or lack of democratic freedoms. This collection of stories portrays everyday experiences of a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s. Childhood can be a magical and innocent time, oblivious to political regimes and problems. And that's what these 12 stories strive to convey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful joy to the senses

  • By kwadzana on 03-12-15

Interesting insights into Soviet life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

With Russia in the news so much lately, this book is very timely. While it doesn't focus on politics, it provides interesting insights into the life of a Soviet kid. The story about all the Christmas ornaments was especially interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snowdrops

  • Adventures of Alex and Katie, Book 3
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lea McCarthy
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

It's a warm June morning at Aunt Karina's house, but the air suddenly turns cold. Thick, white snowflakes are falling down and covering the ground. Ten-year-old Alex is surprised and delighted. He senses the approach of a new adventure. Together with his nine-year-old sister, Katie, he rushes into the winter forest in search of a little girl, Masha. She is lost in an unexpected storm. They see her footprints in the snow and follow them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids loved it

  • By William B. Martin on 12-22-16

Kids loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

A great performance and a fun story. Perfect for the Christmas season. In case you are wondering, snowdrops are a type of flower that typically blooms in early spring. In this story, they magically appear in the middle of winter, for a very short time, and then all kinds of amazing things happen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful