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Metro 2033 Audiobook

Metro 2033

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory.

Man has handed over stewardship of the Earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth, living in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters, or the need to repulse enemy incursion.

VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line, one of the Metro's best stations and secure. But a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro to alert everyone to the danger and to get help. He holds the future of his station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.

©2007 Dmitry Glukhovsky (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Jameson Wall, NJ, United States 11-30-13
    Jameson Wall, NJ, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic voicework and great story"
    What did you love best about Metro 2033?

    How immersive the story was, how absorbed in the world I'd become whenever I would resume listening. Haven't felt that way with a good book in a long time, I credit the author and the voice actor for their ability to convey the heart of such interesting characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Khan, because, He's Khan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the young boy who is with the old man attacks the Reich soldier and is killed, artyom through anger sacrifices himself on principle, in the presence of death.


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

    Yes, fortunately it's very long so I couldn't. I love consistently great books that take forever to finish its so worthy of your time


    Any additional comments?

    Rupert Degas is my favorite voice actor to ever do an audiobook. I've listened to like 30-40 audiobooks in my life and never have I been so drawn in and convinced by a full on performance of dialogue. Let me just say this, if this man doesn't do the 2035 audiobook when that comes out I will be ridiculously upset. Also, if you get a chance, try out the games they somehow manage to be phenomenal as well. This author has got something special with this world and I'd hate to see him let it go just yet, it's dying for more stories, begging for them, like a call, coming down the tunnel.

    33 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon shopper 05-04-17
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    "Almost gave up, glad I finished"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall I am glad that I listened to this book. There were some points when I was second-guessing my selection and not enjoying the story due to some elements of the writing. As an example, the author at times rambles off into characters' daydreams or deeper thoughts, which, while interesting, are not always particularly consistent or believable for the character in question.

    For example, some of the lines of thought explored by the main character seem far too sophisticated for the level of education and experience he is described as having, and seem to come through more as the author's own opinions on those subjects rather than the idle daydreams of a young man. The same occurs with some of the dialog of other secondary characters, wherein they are presented in one manner, then suddenly they are espousing a point of view that does not seem consistent with what had been presented beforehand.

    Those complaints aside, there are some genuinely unique and memorable scenes in the book, and the story finished strong, which made up for my complaints. I am glad that I did not give up on the story and ask for a replacement book (which I was close to doing, about half way through).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The author's use of Russian location names, while adding to authenticity, is very difficult to follow in an audio-only format for a listener who is not familiar with the language. Many of the metro station names are very similar and often mentioned in relation to each other in quick succession (e.g., sentences along the lines of 'first they went to station A, then from there to station B, and from there made their way to Station C,') which can make it difficult to follow. This likely is not an issue in print form.

    Also, the author has a strange habit of using second-person phrasing when describing the experiences of the protagonist, which will bother the English grammar nerds out there (e.g., a scene in which Artyom enters a dark area, and the narration states something along the lines of 'it is so dark that you cannot see anything').


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

    Artyom is the main protagonist and also is the most realistic in terms of being a flawed character. Rupert Degas' performance of all the characters was varied and impressive, and the accents applied were very convincing to a listener with little exposure beyond the Hollywood version of a Russian accent. It was seldom difficult to tell which character was which as the performer gave each their own unique tones, inflections, and mannerisms.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a technical error early in one of the chapters wherein the brief "music" clip that bookends each chapter plays again, overlapping with the narrator's audio. I believe it was around chapter 10 or 12 when it occurred.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-26-14
    David 08-26-14 Member Since 2017

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "Mutants on the metro!"

    A nuclear war in 2013 wiped out most of the population of the world, and the remnants living underground in the Moscow subway tunnels believe they are the only humans left alive. Each station in the old metro is now its own little city-state. The main character, a young man named Artyom, is sent on a quest to another station. Along the way, he meets Nazis, Communists, Satanists, monks, cannibals, cultists, flying monsters, and mutants. The ending is ironic and grim, as befits a Russian novel taking place after the bombs fall.

    Apparently a big cult phenomenon in Russia, which has spawned sequels and video games, Metro 2033 reads a lot like an old-school post-holocaust fantasy, with a man of the new world journeying through the wreckage of the old one, missing the references that are left for the reader to recognize. It also reads a lot like an old-school dungeon crawl, which makes it both repetitive and fun, though I'm afraid the repetitiveness caused me to tune out at several points in the story as I listened to the audiobook.

    Artyom's quest basically consists of going from one station to the next, finding each ruled by some twisted microcosm of the old world (the Red Line, the Fourth Reich, the Watchtower, etc.), escaping, and moving on, acquiring and losing companions along the way.

    It's not hard to see how this would adapt well to a game. The writing was often psychologically deeper than your typical mutant-haunted post-apocalyptic tale, but the descriptiveness of the prose seemed to fall a little flat in translation. It's definitely a little different in tone from a Western sci-fi novel, even though it conforms to the genre fine. Had it been a little bit less of a dungeon crawl, I would probably have enjoyed it more, but after the third or fourth narrow escape from underground morlocks, I began to simply become impatient for the climax. I suspect, however, that there are a lot of references and in-jokes that didn't translate well into English.

    I was not a big fan of the narrator, who was not terrible, and had a properly deep, sonorous Russian voice, but his tone was flat and he frequently dropped his voice so low that I could not hear his words while driving unless I turned the volume all the way up.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-09-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "I SPIT ON YOUR ABYSS"

    HANSA LEAGUE
    A great concept was talked about. The story starts by explaining about all the wars. Each depot is run by a different gangs and they usually war with the other depots. We are told their are mutants and rats. We are told a lot and the characters do a lot of dreaming. Each group has mushroom farms. There are some pigs, but mostly they live off of mushrooms. If the author would have shown us a few mutants, instead of talking about them, this could have been really good. I quit around 5 hours, so maybe they came out later, but I think five hours is long enough to wait.
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    Woman are only in the background. No main women characters, none. I could not get into this book.

    49 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Lense 09-11-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic, Mind-bending and Emotional thrill ride"
    What made the experience of listening to Metro 2033 the most enjoyable?

    The best thing about the experience was the narrator, and I do not say that lightly since the story was so incredible on its own. This is the first time listening to Rupert Degas, however he's trumps all other narrators I've heard yet. His pacing is perfect. He remains consistent with all of his voices and pronunciations, while doing character voices in a pitch-perfect Russian accent. This was the first audiobook I've listened to where I could not detect a single flaw with the narrator's performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was very powerful. I kind of saw it coming at about half-way through the book as the main character bounces back and forth between existentialism and destiny, so I was never quite sure if I had really put my finger on it or not. I liked that I kept second guessing myself. The plot was full of philosophical ideas, which, while not fully explored, were presented in a way that, combined with the details of this unique universe, gives you much to reason to pause the recording and ponder for a while.


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

    Powerful, authentic, and varied voices and a mastery of Russian pronunciations that I simply would not have been able to recreate myself while reading in my head. There is no confusion as to who is talking, and he really emotes so well that, although some of the characters are bland and one dimensional, you can really feel for them despite that. My eyes welled up at the end, and I don't believe I would have been as emotionally invested in this book had it not been for his expert narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so much better than game that is loosely based off of it. It is far creepier, and the words used paint a very real, vivid atmosphere and environment. I had no troubles with suspension of disbelief. The novel is much more somber as well, not full of action and violence, but instead with much introspection.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua D. 06-25-17
    Joshua D. 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A very interesting listen"

    A very interesting listen. Would recommend it for ages >13. Recommend reading BEFORE the Games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 05-25-17
    Lori 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "ehhh"

    story is slow moving and the ending is just about as satisfying as George Orwell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin the Engineer 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling Dystopia"
    Where does Metro 2033 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Metro 2033 is among the best audiobooks I have listened to, and I firmly believe this is because I played the video game first. The extra exposition here was lovely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book as a whole."

    Great book, the story drags a little at parts but as a whole it's a fantastic post apocalyptic story with good world building and unique characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Wilson Biloxi, MS United States 05-10-17
    Keith Wilson Biloxi, MS United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Eh. I made it to the end."

    It's okay. Nothing stellar about it. If you're wanting a decent end of the world story that shows how superstitions, mysticism and oral history shape a society then this is what you're looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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