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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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a good ending to a excellent series

the book was great. dark and gritty. without spoilers I only wish there was a summary are of what happen to the people. you get the gist tho. always how it is when a series ends. you want to know just a little bit more

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great ending to the book series

the book overall was fantastic, I was a bit nervous because of the reviews but it ended up being great. they didn't really mention any mutants or anything other then genetically deformed people, but I didn't mind that. I thought it was a nice (as nice as you can get in the metro) ending to the trilogy of the books. I'm excited to see where the game tales arytom next.

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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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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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Worth getting, to complete the set

Having read the other two books in the set, and played the games, I had to get this book.
Once again our protagonist is sent through hell as he tries to do the right thing for the people of the metro.
It is very entertaining.
The only negative is the ending. Everything else seems in line with how the series has been going. The narrator has a great voice and makes the set feel truly alive.

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An Excellent Conclusion To An Excellent Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Metro 2035 to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version of the Metro series, however, Rupert Degas is a fantastic narrator that really makes all of the characters feel alive and unique. The way he narrates is quite similar to the way I imagine all the voices in my head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Metro 2035?

Practically every chapter was thrilling, but the parts of the book that took place in the brothel were by far the most intense. Glukhovsky has an incredible talent for describing in a way that is simultaneously graphic and disturbing, while still tasteful and descriptive.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rupert Degas created voices for the characters in this book that did not hurt your ears, yet still sounded authentic and real. There were only one or two instances where I found the voices of some characters annoying, but those times were few and far between. Degas consistently does a fantastic job throughout the entire series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A realistic take on the end of the world.

Any additional comments?

Truly incredible writing by Glukhovsky. If you liked the first two books, this will not disappoint. The same goes for Degas' performance. This series has a level of consistent quality that is rarely seen in similar series.

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A slow start to a fantastic finish

Would you listen to Metro 2035 again? Why?

I would not listen to this again. Glukhovsky is good at his craft. However, 2034 had odd pacing issues. These are evident again in 2035—especially for the first half. It was hard to actually get through the book. Everything was all over the place. It was almost as if he crammed two books into one. There is one chapter that is entirely written in dialogue between various characters. Perhaps in written format it is more decipherable, but in the audiobook it is half an hour of wondering who exactly is speaking.

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

You can't listen to this all in one sitting. It just drolls on and on for the first half. But the last half—it is something you can't put down.

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Best audible so far in my opinion

Rupert Degas is unbelievable, his voice acting is just to good. makes you feel like you live in the Metro.

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The End

The final book in the Metro trilogy, and arguably the best. Almost relentlessly bleak, 2035 eschews the supernatural elements present in the first two books. There are no creatures and no anomalies: all the monsters here are human.

Following the disappointing 2034, Glukhovsky has returned to form, presenting the story of a man who relentlessly staggers on the edge of death and madness, moving from one crushing failure to the next, in the futile hope that one day he might be able to save humanity from itself.

The grim descriptions of misery and suffering can be difficult to take at times, but if, like Artyom, you can just make it a little farther, you will find inexplicable and unexpected hope, like a little light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

Rupert Degas is, as in the previous Metro audiobooks, fantastic, moving deftly between portentous English and characterful Russian accents. A truly excellent presentation overall.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jamie
  • 04-14-18

An Amazing Story

The Metro series never failed to entice me. The story itself is constantly making you question what you previously thought. As Artyom begins to have more positive experience life in the metro reminds him that life is not so easy.

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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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  • emily
  • 02-21-18

Fantastic

Really good trilogy. One chapter about halfway confused me as I didn't know who was talking and there was like 3-4 people in the scene. But it's not plot heavy. Enjoyed the ending even though it's not what I would of liked. Time to play through all the games now in preparation for the new one later this year!

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  • Orgmo
  • 02-15-18

Excellent cap on a thrilling trilogy

What made the experience of listening to Metro 2035 the most enjoyable?

Being so invested in some of these characters by now, and the setting being so richly fleshed-out.

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

The accents he does for the characters embody a rich russian voice, without losing comprehensibility, and really add texture to the character behind the dialogue

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Some of the revelations in this book were particularly hard-hitting.

Any additional comments?

Bit of an odd choice to refer to Artyom's home station as Exhibition of Economic Achievement in this book as opposed to ВДНХ (VDNKh) in the previous two, threw me off guard to begin with.

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  • Edmund O Callaghan
  • 11-26-17

absolutely amazing story, its my new favourite

I've read the book and that was completely out of this world, if you like post apocalyptic and all things Russian then you'll love this story, it emersed me into 2 weeks of continuous reading, after that I decided why not get the audio book, and the audio book is nearly just as good as reading it, its a great way to relive the story without the Hassel of reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-17

An interesting finale

A very moses-esque story set in the metro ending artyoms tale with a great reading by Rupert Degas

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  • Adam Sears
  • 09-08-17

Great listen!

Great performance, decent story. Still better than the second instalment. Definitely worth the read. Try it