Metro 2035

Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Metro, Book 3
Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
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World War Three wiped out the humankind. The planet is empty now. Huge cities became dust and ashes. Railroads are being eaten by rust. Abandoned satellites hang lonely in their orbits. Radio is mute on all frequencies. The only survivors of the last war were those who made it into the gates of the Metro, the subway system of Moscow city.

It's there, hundreds of feet below the ground, in the vaults of what was constructed as the world's largest air-raid shelter, where now people try to outlive the end of days. It's there that they created a new world for themselves. The stations of the Metro became city-states, and its citizens, torn apart by religions and ideologies, are fighting for now-scarce commodities: air, water, and space.

This tiny underground world can only remind humans of an immense world they once were the masters of. It's been 20 years since Doomsday, and yet the survivors refuse to give up. The most stubborn of them keep cherishing a dream: when the radiation level from nuclear bombings subsides, they will be able to return to the surface and have the life their parents once had. But the most stubborn of the stubborn continues to search for other survivors in this huge emptiness that once was called Earth. His name is Artyom. He would give anything to lead his own people from the underground onto the surface.

And he will.

©2015 Dmitry Glukhovsky; English translation 2016 Andrew Bromfield (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Really great stories.

The second of this trilogy wasn't that great, but the third was well worth it. I got into these books after playing the video games and the books are even better than the game was..

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The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: The original story continues. It is written with the Russian mindset that is Russian literature. It is 19 hours long so a lot of book for a credit.

The Bad: As others have stated 2035 deviates completely away from the story core of 2033. Russian literature with splashes of Cthulhu mythos was a brilliant idea; unfortunately none of it appears in this book. The dfference between 2035 & 2033 is the difference between KFC and gas station chicken. All the savory aspects of the original story line are gone and you are left with a piece of greasy chicken that may, or may not, have been sexually abused.

Overall: My opion doesn't matter. Your opion doesn't matter. At the end of the day Amazon/Audible has stripped us of voicing our opinions by removing the 'not helpful' button; which was our only tool to fight against the plethora of fake reviews to falsely boost book ratings. Seriously... try to down vote this review (you can't). There is no value to our reviews. Our review ranking is meaningless. So why even bother writing a review anymore?

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swapped horror for conspiracies

supernatural theme vanished, replaced by abusive sexual tones. bad exchange, even with great narrator. disappointed.

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  • JD
  • 02-11-20

Nothing will be as good as 2033

Metro 2035 goes back to follow Artyom's adventures in the metro from Metro 2033. I'll review this book by comparing it to Metro 2033. I gave Metro 2033 five-stars because of its amazing and riveting story, interesting and distinguishable characters, horror and creepiness of the metro, and ultimately a problem-solution story.

Unfortunately, Metro 2035 has none of that except just a okay story (the story wasnt nearly as good as Metro 2033). Most of Metro 2035 is bland dialogue and chapters that have no meaning or impact. The interesting parts flash by quickly while the boring unimportant scenes are drawn out, outstaying their welcome.

The characters (including Artyom) weren't loveable or even distinguishable from other characters. The only description youre given to separate characters are their names.

If you loved the horror and monsters of metro 2033, I am sorry to say there isn't a single irradiated monster or unexplained phenomenon in Metro 2035.

Finally, like Metro 2034, Metro 2035 has no real problem and solution. It's just a ADHD plotline that runs in different directions, none of which having much real importance.

After being such a huge fan of Metro 2033, I'm very disappointed in 2034 and 2035. While the books have gotten worse and worse, at least the video games have gotten better and better- no wonder why the game developers decided to branch off and make their own story-line.

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I was so excited, I pre-ordered the book... oops..

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book was unlike the rest of the books in his story... You can always tell when a writer is out of material because they fill space with cursing and sex. The "f-bombs" were over the top and at one point as a character drops the skirt of a woman to finger her in front of her husband, I just had enough. In one chapter the author drops the dialogue tags (ie "said Sally" "responded Joe") The narrator tried to change voices as best he could, but it was terrible. If that was what the first 2 books had been like, that would be expected, but this was so unlike the author that it was sad.

Has Metro 2035 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I liked the first two books.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favorite?

Even though the story line is pitiful, Rupert Degas does a great job in the performance

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Glukhovsky has evolved with his trilogy.

As the second feels different from the first, the third is different from the previous two. Glukhovsky evolved his style with his trilogy, and here, in the final installment, that style matches the story, becuase Artyom has aged with his experiences. Most of the main cast, those surviving at least, from the previous books stop by to say "farewell". At times I did wonder if this story had all been intended from the initial book, or if it was a case of the author changing his intent to continue the plot. Either way, the story fits. A reader, having to rely soley of the knowledge a character can give him, feels the discoveries of Artyom in the very heart of oneself. It is a lovely, dark and fantastic tale.

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A deparure from the original

New directions are fun. And sometimes necessary. There will be some that would argue that this change was a necessary change. But i would argue that this book was not.

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Not worth the credit

the first two books in the series we're great but this one has a completely different tone, and reads a lot like some sort of sick erotic novel.

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Worst conclusion to a story I ever heard

I will be blunt the ending of this three part book series was just plain bad. I cannot say more and will not as I don't want to spoil it what little there is....

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Metro 2033 is the only decent book on this series.

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! The games and the first book make up the bulk of the lore in this series. This and the previous books were a pointless installment with dragging plot points and little attention to character development. the author seems more preoccupied with speaking poorly of women and having characters act manic and unpredictable. What a big disappointment this is when fans like myself looked for something more in these books to expand the universe. This novel does not and if anything steals plot points from the game. It's just a chunk of disappointment. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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  • Miss J M Beckett
  • 05-14-18

disappointed

disappointing finish to what could have been a very good story. good build up and well read just feel let down at the ending or is it leading to a 2036?

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 05-01-17

The end of the end is here.

Would you try another book written by Dmitry Glukhovsky or narrated by Rupert Degas?

Yes I would listen to another book. Don't wanna brag but I have already listened to three. Metro 2033, Metro 2034 and Metro 2035.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I was looking forward to seeing where this book was going to end. I was really looking to see if there was anyone alive on the surface still.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

Think I will have to say Artyom. I had a bit of a wobble liking him when he started acting like a spoiled kid and made all the wrong decisions after quick snap judgements without thinking things through.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I would the first book Metro 2033 but i think the other two books don't have a big enough hook to make a movie with it.

Any additional comments?

All three of the Metro books are worth a listen and Rupert Degas did a brilliant job of reading and making all the characters different. I can't think of any that were the same or just slight variant of other voices he did. Some of the words in Russia i mauled while trying to read the book but listening to him read it it was so much easier to understand.

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  • Plamen
  • 01-21-19

Strange continuation!

SPOILER ALERT! The book as a piece of literature is of course great. Stands up to the previous ones. But the simple fact that there are no "monsters" and dark creatures absolutely changes the dynamic of the story. It doesn't feel right. The "out of nowhere" factor is missing. I miss the Dark Ones...

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  • michelle
  • 03-14-17

Not as good as the 1st two

Bit of a letdown. Some parts went on a bit and lost its way but it was a must after reading the 1st two. It was nice how he spliced the 1st two books into the 3rd. Linked up well

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-18

Its ok.

25 hours is a long time to hang in. The story is good but elongated for no real effect. The 'hero' makes some stupid decisions and has 'nine lives' but I did want to find out what became of him. The reader is excellent. So many complicated Russian names and personalities. He gets them spot on for me.
To sum up, its worth a read if you've got time and patience.

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  • Valkyrie Skies
  • 03-18-17

Disappointing

An anti-climactic and weak end to the series which lost most of the first book's wonder and charm, devaluing a fascinating and unique setting with Illuminati-style nonsense and various questionable plot twists that become obnoxiously predictable.

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  • Richard
  • 05-30-19

A long winded story that achieved nothing...

The first one was good, the second was pointless and confusing, and the third just left me feeling like there is no hope left for humanity as they can't be bothered to save themselves out of inconvenience...
The one positive is that the narrator is excellent, worth his weight in the narrative world, but even he couldn't save this long winded journey too nothingness. I only wish Artion well on his future endeavours.

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  • Adam Nicol
  • 06-13-18

a dissapointing ending

narrator was superb... but this final part of the trilogy left something to be desired.

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  • Jason F.
  • 04-10-18

Brilliant

Just completed the trilogy, and what an absolute thrill it was. The story is phenomenal and the ending has left me awe struck. Rupert Degas did an excellent job narrating throughout the entire trilogy and it really made me feel like I was part of the story. This has left me not only excited for the newest game but also the possibilities of future movies too. Excellent franchise.

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  • ollie griffiths
  • 02-22-17

Another fantastic instalment

A brilliant listen. I hope they make a third metro game this year. Fingers crossed.

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  • Daratar
  • 05-31-18

Sad that it ended.

The Metro series is one of my all time favorites. A great story by Dmitry Glukhovsky and masterful narration by Rupert Degas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

The best Metro book

I have heard alot of people dislike metro 2035 because of how unlikable and dark the protagonist is, but honestly it remains one of my favorite post apocalyptic storys ever I personally rate it along side the road, I am legend, with slight traces of 1984 thrown in for good measure.
make no mistake this is a hard book to get through, but if your a fan of dark post apocalyptic fiction or the metro series it is a must listen.


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  • Kate Thoma
  • 06-04-20

Good but disappointing

The author is a fantastic writer but a poor story teller. What I mean by that is that the way he composes his sentences and describes anthologies, symbolism and creates a sense of gritty reality is unparalleled. But the story tends to be messy, jumping in points of time and going down seeming useless tangents only to be briefly referenced 300 pages into the book. He also seems to do a complete 180 on the previous 2 books by changing character development and personalities just to fit a narrative of a vague political and philosophical statement coming to a clumsy coup de grâce in the later quarter of the book. Although I love the new level of gritty brutality depicted in this book, it seems to come at a forefront compared to the story, rather the story is used to convey the author’s previously mentioned philosophical and political message. I want the stress that this is a good book but it’s hard to sound positive when disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the previous books and seems to dismiss many of their previous developments. For those new to the metro series I would recommend reading the first book as a stand alone as it’s closer is quite final unlike metro 2035.

In short I find it to be a good book but it’s not like the previous metro books. It has a totally different style and feel in how it’s read which is not for the better and the convoluted story and lacklustre ending is a far cry from Metro 2033

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  • Patrick
  • 06-30-19

Loved this!

Excellent translation, perfect narration, and gripping story. I found myself binging the last chapters dying to know how it ends.

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  • Erin martin
  • 06-18-19

Artyom?

Really struggled with this book, Artyom as a character was disappointing. Very hard to finish

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  • Daniel Bennett
  • 06-16-19

Amazing series

Metro series is an amazing book and an amazing audible book series as well. The series from 2033 to 2035 is so worth it. I can understand why a number of games were made out of it!!

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  • Reece
  • 06-13-19

depressingly realistically brilliant

This third book is the perfect conclusion to the story. I was constantly left wondering what would happen next.
Brilliant!
I also love how the author depicted the social and political manipulation, and how it can be used. This felt like it could actually happen.
I highly recommend this whole series with the finale being the perfect ending.

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  • L
  • 03-30-19

Brilliant...

Without doubt one of the best audiobooks I've had the pleasure of coming in my ears.

Dark, dank, pathetic and totally believable continuation of existence in th post-apocalyptic Moscow Metro.

Truly awesome narration. One of the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-19

Amazing good book would recommend

great book. the story is amazing but sad I would recommend to any who likes the post apocalyptic setting

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  • Kathleen
  • 12-17-18

Fantastic book series, anti-climactic ending

Amazing read! Fantastic narration, incredible literary universe, I just wish the ending was a little more dramatic to finish the series. Well worth the time none-the-less!