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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 8, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001QKBHPU
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He went on to tell me that it was one of the best books that he's ever read. Finally picking it up via Kindle, I decided to read it. I was quickly impressed with how much I already liked the story at the beginning. I'm a big fan of history concerning World War II. The author did a lot of research for this book, and you can tell that it's something very close to his heart.
I won't say much more about the book other than that I absolutely loved it. I don't want to hype it up too much so that other people won't enjoy it as much as I did, but this is a book worth reading. The thing that blew me away the most was how funny it actually was.
The story takes place in the besieged city of Leningrad in 1941. The tone of the book is darker than others I've read, but the humor of the situations the main characters find themselves in along with their banter, does very well balancing it out. This book is not a depressing book, but it shows you the squalor they lived in.
I would highly recommend this book, I think that anyone who enjoys history and people who enjoy buddy movies would also like this. It's surprisingly funny and completely engrossed with you in the story.
I have over a dozen books on the Siege of Leningrad (for a project I'm working on), and I have to say that the Author portrays the siege with accuracy, if not with full depth - in large part because the story is told from the viewpoint of Lev, a 17 year old boy. This doesn't give the reader an omniscient overview of "the big picture", but it certainly provides a very specific perspective on life in and around the city, and one well worth reading.
It's an "impression" of life during the city, and I have to say that with one exception - Lev would have been much hungrier and weaker in real life - a fairly accurate one. Readers of "The 900 Days" will recognize the inspiration for a specific scene, (Hint: Beware of well fed men in a famine) but how the characters react to what happens makes the action their own. And what characters!
The two main characters that carry the book deserve to be remembered as a classic pairing. Their interactions, observations and the journey they take on their absurd quest are one that I will remember for a very long time. Lev, the narrator, will remind most adult men of their own awkward youth. Wry, dry, frustrated and a little plodding, he is enormously sympathetic, while seemingly always in the process of doing a "Straight Man's Slow Burn" in a comedy routine. Kolya, an accidental Red Army deserter, is overly confident, irresistably charming and scatologically minded. Imagine a dirty minded Bugs Bunny come to life as a 6ft tall, Blond hair Blue eyed Russian and you're not too far off. By the end of the story, these two have formed a real bond and friendship - one that seems real, rather than forced for the sake of the story. The supporting characters are all given real weight - you feel that this really could have happened, and that these aren't just puppets the author is manipulating, but real people.
Is it serious? Yes.
Is it a war story? Yes.
Is it funny? Yes.
Is it a coming of age story? Yes.
Is it historically accurate? Yes.
It's simply got quite a lot to offer to any reader. I highly recommend it to both the general reading public and to WWII buffs.
I recommend this to anyone and would love to read this again some time. I look forward to reading more of David Benioff
update: a lot of the reviews have said its "unnecessarily vulgar", I do not agree at all. It's wartime for crying out loud. The sexual vulgarity is not held back, it's probably exactly how most of those soldiers talked or thought. I know current day soldiers are the same way, why would these men not be? Why would he exclude that from the writing that an old man is recounting from his experience? Kolya was a man who did not hide his thoughts, of course they would be shared if he thought them.