• Gorky Park

  • The Arkady Renko Novels, Book 1
  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Gorky Park

By: Martin Cruz Smith
Narrated by: Henry Strozier
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Publisher's summary

Three bodies found frozen in the snow. And the hunt for the killer begins...

A triple murder in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park amusement centre rocks the capital - three corpses found in the snow, so badly mutilated that their identities can’t be verified.

Chief Investigator Arkady Renko from the Moscow police takes the case.

Renko is a brilliant investigator - dangerously so. 

Now, to identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI and the police - and stay alive doing it...

©1981 Martin Cruz Smith (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic reviews

"You'll be engrossed in the atmospheric setting and the complexity of Renko's pained character." (Observer)

"One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe." (Val McDermid)

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Mispronunciations distracting

The story is great and most of the narration. However, how could the producers of this recording not insist that the narrator pronounce the protagonist's name correctly??? I have consulted a dozen sites for the correct way to say the name Arkady, and it is, as I suspected, Ar-KAH'-dee, not ARK'-uh-dee. Good grief! Also, lapis lazuli- strangest pronunciation ever. And a few others. But the main character's name?? That you hear over and over? Really!!!!

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Gorky Park

One of the best books I have listened to in many months. The narrator is excellent. I did find I enjoyed the book much more after I obtained a print copy and could listen along with the narrator simply because I needed to see the pronunciations of the Russian names and places. The book has many characters and an intricate plot; however, Martin Cruz Smith's beautiful writing and description use of language makes the book mesmerizing. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Dull

I never truly got interested, the narration certainly didn’t help. Researching the correct pronunciation for the main character’s first name would have been nice too.

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Never gets old

I’d read this book a couple times in the past, but it’s been probably 25 or more years since the last time. This is a first rate thriller. The story pulls you in immediately and carries you through right to the end. The descriptiveness of settings puts you right in the center of it all. The dialog is crisp, never trite or contrived. And, while it takes place when the Cold War was still a harsh reality, this novel never feels dated. It’s as fresh now as it was 40 years ago.

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narrator has no knowledge of how to pronounce russ

i downloaded rhe book to hear russian names and words..this narrator obviously had no interest in learning correct pronunciations...egads

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dated

It is a dated story now. with descriptions of tge ussr from someone who had never been there which I found interesting. I expected more

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Old School Narrator

This narrator rarely altered his voice when reading the lines of the different characters. It made it difficult to follow scenes with multiple characters. It took away from the enjoyment of the story.

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not as good as promised

Had a very hard time with the narrator. He only modulates by increasing speed and volume.
The story was not as easy to follow....the characters were here one minute,there the next..????

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Top ten favorite.

A stellar book, compelling, human, thrilling, beautifully written and read. The characters become so “real” as the story unfolds, one begins to imagine them as such, caring for them in different ways and wondering how their lives have unfolded as the years roll along. Arkady, with his desires and flaws, his brilliant inquiring mind, and self-deprecating inner world-a fiercely fantastic main character. The descriptions of terrain, weather, attire, cold, stench, physicality, the dark humor… all bring a singular clarity to the fullness of each encounter, every scene flawlessly revealed. It is a privilege to read, listen to, this painfully beautiful book.

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Gorky park

Great storyline, Russian names where a little difficult to keep straight but the insight into the Russian characters was illuminating

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