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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael White Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400184309
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Sevastopol, 1942. As the might of the German army threatens to engulf the Soviet Union, a brave, young Red Army sniper named Tat’yana Levchenko becomes a national hero. But who is this beautiful assassin? To the Soviets, she is a refined poet and weapon of destruction with 300 enemy kills to her name—a dedicated soldier whose skill and courage have rallied a motherland on the brink of despair. To the Americans, she is a Red Communist with movie-star good looks who is championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt—a reminder of Soviet suffering and a symbol of the vital need to defeat the Nazis.

Invited to the United States at the behest of the White House, Tat’yana sets off on a whirlwind tour with the first lady. Amid the curious crowds, rumors begin to swirl that Tat’yana is a spy, a pawn of politicians and propagandists battling for power and control. But before suspicions can be confirmed, the Soviet soldier vanishes. It will be more than fifty years before a resourceful correspondent uncovers the truth, and the full story of the beautiful assassin is finally told.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 1/20/2014

    " yeah, yeah, she's a beautiful mommy WWII sniper. The opening parry between her and a Nazi sniper over several days was great. Then, blech. Didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyable book. A nice mix of war, spies, Russia, US, and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/22/2013

    " Good book, well written with many interesting characters. The ending was a bit hurried and not as well executed as I had hoped, but nonetheless an interesting book on the relationship of the U.S. and the Soviets. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 12/12/2013

    " Not to me. 0 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2013

    " Interesting novel set from the Russian perspective prior to the US involvement in WWII. Involves interesting relationships with Eleanor Roosevelt and others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 3/18/2013

    " A book well worth reading with strong characters & a great story. I would definitely recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaigham | 3/7/2013

    " One of those interesting "what if" historical novels. Solid writing from Michael White, just like in Soul Catcher. Enjoyed the first 3/4ths of the book much more than the last 1/4th. Ending seemed rushed and slapped together with none of the care, detail and engagement of the first few chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hybridmobile | 2/9/2013

    " A little slow to start. Once she got to America, it picked up. Makes you reflect on how we act here, and gives insight to what others think of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Novia Raihanah | 10/6/2012

    " an addictive read. Made me regret having dropped history in sec 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati Quill | 2/23/2012

    " By far one of the best books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed seeing WW2 from a Soviet female sniper's perspective. I can't believe I found this book in the dollar store, of all places! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 6/25/2011

    " This historical fiction starts out very strong and would have been a 4 star for me but about 3/4 through it started to become very repetitive. It seemed as though the author was trying to be every genre and trying to appeal to every type of reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suba | 5/26/2011

    " Kudos to Tat'yana.. Very brave and revolutionary character of the world war era.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 5/9/2011

    " A really interesting story that held my interest day and night, and extremely well-written. One of my all-time favourites, I reckon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 2/27/2011

    " This historical fiction starts out very strong and would have been a 4 star for me but about 3/4 through it started to become very repetitive. It seemed as though the author was trying to be every genre and trying to appeal to every type of reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 8/23/2010

    " Well written first person perspective - novel based on a historical figure from the Second WW, a female sniper who in real life had 309 kills.
    Conveys some of the tragedy and intrigue surrounding the Russian front and the early years before the USA entered the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/5/2010

    " Interesting novel set from the Russian perspective prior to the US involvement in WWII. Involves interesting relationships with Eleanor Roosevelt and others. "

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About the Author

Michael White is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London, and, in a previous incarnation, he was a member of the Thompson Twins.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.