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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (31,014 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Benioff Narrator: Ron Perlman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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  • City of Thieves is a coming-of-age story brilliantly amplified by its war-torn backdrop…[Lev and Kolya] and the minor characters satisfyingly inhabit the historical wreckage, and Kolya and Abendroth are especially memorable. But Benioff’s finest achievement in City of Thieves has been to banish all possible pretensions from his novel, which never wears its research on its sleeve, and to deliver a rough-and-tumble tale that clenches humor, savagery, and pathos squarely together on the same page.”

    Washington Post

  • “A wry and sympathetic observer of the devastation around him, Lev is an engaging and self-deprecating narrator who finds unexpected reserves of courage at the crucial moment and forms an unlikely friendship with Kolya, a flamboyant ladies’ man who is coolly reckless in the face of danger. Benioff blends tense adventure, a bittersweet coming-of-age and an oddly touching buddy narrative to craft a smart crowd-pleaser.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The pace will keep your adrenaline pumping right up to the climactic chess game between Lev and a fiendish Nazi officer. This gut-churning thriller will sweep you along.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger Parfitt | 2/13/2014

    " Siege of Leningrad told as an adventure/comedy. Authentic? Historica? Nah ...just funny scenes and memorable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed Franchi | 1/19/2014

    " I have read many WWII-related books and this is one of the best, written as a novel. It gives of a view of the war we Americans generally don't hear about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Prybil | 1/12/2014

    " I couldn't have been any less interested in this subject and he kept me engrossed and made me care. Damn you, Benioff! One of the best young writers around, in any medium. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawna | 1/11/2014

    " Fun, touching, good book. "

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