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Publisher's Summary

At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?
©1981 Martin Cruz Smith; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Brilliant...One of the best books of the season." (Associated Press)

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Great story, sub-par narration

It is a really great story! The narrator makes it an unpleasant listen. He mumbles, sighs, swallows, and breathes audibly. He also mispronounces most Russian words and names, and by doing this brings down the quality. There are a lot of native Russian speakers that would be happy to collaborate on getting the pronunciation right. In the very least there is Google. The narration should be re-done to do this book justice.

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Fantastic story, I've listened to it many times

I love Gorky Park. It is gloomy, depressing, futile, exciting, scary, and oh, so Soviet! Investigator Arkady Renko is one of the best fictional cops in book land. When three faceless bodies are found in the snow, Arkady has his work cut out for him. The gloomy setting, red tape, corruption of just about everyone only adds to the story. If there is such a thing as a perfect Soviet whodunnit, this is it. Get ready for lots of cigarettes, vodka, interrogators, twists, turns, and a complicated plot. I love all the Arkady Rdnko stories. This is my second favorite after Wolves Eat Dogs.

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Really good!

I waited years to read this book. It was certainly worth the wait! Don't you wait!

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story okay, characters indiscernible

What disappointed you about Gorky Park?

The story was fine, I guess...but the reading by Strozier left me confused as to what was happening and who was who. This was due to the fact every character sounded the same.

Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Strozier’s performances?

probably not

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Worse Narration ever!!!!

What disappointed you about Gorky Park?

Great story but ruined by narration. Henry Strozier can't even pronounce name of leading character correctly. If you want to listen to a great book on tape listen to Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith narrated by Frank Mueller.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Strozier?

Frank Mueller who did a great job in Polar Star

Any additional comments?

Don't give up on Martin Cruz Smith due to horrible narration from Strozier

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Boring! Could NOT finish it!

Found this very dull. Just did not hold my attention & i do know it was on the bestseller list.

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  • Rosemary
  • DAHLONEGA, GA, United States
  • 09-01-14

Not for me!

Would you try another book from Martin Cruz Smith and/or Henry Strozier?

No, this one is so grim, so dark, so unrelentingly ugly that I would not read or listen to a Martin Cruz Smith book. Henry Strozier, however, is a good performer so I don't hold my very negative reaction to the book against him.

Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Cruz Smith again?

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Henry Strozier?

Yes.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment. I can't wait to return it. I didn't finish listening to it because I found it so dreadfully grim.

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This book just never got my attention.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't think this book would ever receive 4 or 5 stars.

Has Gorky Park turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, the book was all over the place.

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I liked it a lot but

I read this long ago and remembered how much I liked it so I had to try it as an audio book. I still liked it but for me it's not quite a five. I liked the characters, good and bad, a lot but as much as I liked them individually they didn't really mesh together for me. Except for maybe Kerwell and Inspector Renko. They had an odd relationship that was interesting.

The narrator was ok maybe a bit dry for me but at the same time maybe utilitarian was what they were looking for in conjunction with a Russian back drop that was kind of the same way.

I'll continue on but I think these are better read in book form.

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  • Betsy
  • brooklyn, NY
  • 02-15-13

I got lost.....

ans I do not mean "lost" as in "fascinated."I mean "lost " as in couldn't follow the story.The writing style is rich with good character development, but I didn't connect with the main character. Not a book for someone looking for thrills and action.