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Publisher's Summary

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. Anya is focused on survival and raising her baby. Then the unexpected happens.

©2015 Julia Gousseva (P)2016 Julia Gousseva

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Loved it! Great Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the story was very touching and a fun listen. I enjoyed the characters and plot very much.

What about Dawn Adkins’s performance did you like?

Strong, Solid Voice

Any additional comments?

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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an interesting story that touched me.

What did you love best about Struggling to Survive?

the friendships and helpfulness between friends.

What did you like best about this story?

How unpredictable it was sometimes.

Which character – as performed by Dawn Adkins – was your favorite?

Anya

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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This is a great book that is the second in a series

Although this is the second book in the series it can also be read as a stand alone novel. This is the story of a young Russian woman trying to raise her daughter after her husband is killed. The only thing better than the novel is the narration. I was voluntarily provided a review copy by the author publisher or narrator

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A happy ending for Anya!

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.

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cute story that put you back in Russia of the 80a

Would you consider the audio edition of Struggling to Survive to be better than the print version?

listen to the audio, best format for this story

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

a voice that makes the story more authentic

If you could rename Struggling to Survive, what would you call it?

my introduction to Moscow market economy

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Great sequel!

I loved this sequel to Anya's Story. The ending of the first book was a little heart-breaking, and I was glad to see that things got better for Anya in this sequel. Dawn Adkins did a great job narrating both books.