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Open Mic Night in Moscow

And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers, garbage bags of money, and encounters with the weird and wonderful from Mongolia to Tajikistan.

Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Siberia are not the typical tourist destinations of a 20-something, nor the places one usually goes to eat, pray, and/or love. But the mix of imperial Russian opulence and Soviet decay, and the allure of emotionally unavailable Russian men proved strangely irresistible to comedian Audrey Murray.

At age 28, while her friends were settling into corporate jobs and serious relationships, Audrey was on a one-way flight to Kazakhstan, the first leg of a nine-month solo voyage through the former USSR. A blend of memoir and offbeat travel guide (black markets in Uzbekistan: five stars; getting kidnapped in Turkmenistan: one star) this thoughtful, hilarious catalog of a young comedian’s adventures is also a diary of her emotional discoveries about home, love, patriotism, loneliness, and independence.

Sometimes surprising, often disconcerting, and always entertaining, Open Mic Night in Moscow will inspire you to take the leap and embark on your own journey into the unknown. And, if you want to visit Chernobyl by way of an insane-asylum-themed bar in Kiev, Audrey can assure you that there’s no other guidebook out there. (She’s looked.)

©2018 Audrey Murray (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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the comedy is real

Audrey Murray gives us comedy, tragedy, hope, love, and insight in this inspiring work. Her inspired writing gives one the feeling of roughing it alone in Central Asia, though with tremendous wit and intelligence. A worthwhile read, and a different perspective on life.