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The Snail on the Slope

Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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The Snail on the Slope takes place in two distinct worlds. One is the Administration, an institution run by a surreal, Kafkaesque bureaucracy whose aim is to govern the forest below. The other is the Forest, a place of fear, weird creatures, primitive people, and violence. 

Peretz, who works at the Administration, wants to visit the Forest. Candide crashed in the Forest years ago and wants to return to the Administration. 

Their journeys are surprising and strange, and listeners are left to puzzle out the mysteries of these foreign environments. The Strugatskys themselves called The Snail on the Slope "the most perfect and the most valuable of our works".

©2018 Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Matt
  • Roswell, Georgia
  • 01-10-19

What insanity must feel like

I had recently finished the Dead Mountaineer's Inn and thought the Strugatsky brothers were a safe bet for a good read that would keep me interested so after perusing their available books I decided to go with, The Snail on the Slope. The beginning of the book is awesome. It's got the humor they like to sprinkle into their work, and the narrator's performance does a great job of doing justice to the characters. However once I got past a certain point I couldn't understand what was going on at all, and I was paying the utmost attention to the book, I finished because I felt the middle portion turning my brain to mush was the brothers challenging me. The afterword from Boris Strugatsky does explain the point to the madness though, which saves the book, but ultimately I can't give The Snail on the Slope any more than 3 stars.

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