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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,058 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherynne M. Valente Narrator: Kim de Blecourt Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure, the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way, there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " I remember reading this, and I remember giving it four stars. But I was looking for my review today, and it's disappeared (probably because of that Amazon thingy). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sade | 2/13/2014

    " i wasn't familiar with the Russian myth at the heart of this story, but now i want to find the original. Valente does an excellent job of bringing the tale into modern times, even when it crosses the border between this world and the unseen realms that are, well, just behind the stove for instance.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari Beighley | 2/6/2014

    " A delightful romp through Communist Russia viewed through the lens of fairy tale characters that communism couldn't eradicate from the mind of the Russian people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 DavidO | 2/2/2014

    " Couldn't get into it at all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Frost | 1/24/2014

    " My review of this book can be found at Escape Pod "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 1/19/2014

    " Really excellent. I got the same sense of wonder that I used to from fantasy, and I loved how all the characters were drawn. Really one of the best books I've read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karaline | 1/13/2014

    " It has been so long since I have read a book so eloquently written. The language and the writing completely blew me away. I don't think I can put into words how much I loved this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/3/2014

    " I loved this SO MUCH. The combination of history, fairy tale, and interesting characters in complicated but believable relationships is an enormous challenge, and this book gets every element right. Did I weep at the ending - on a plane, next to a stranger? Yes I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Apple | 12/5/2013

    " Beautiful writing- surreal, dreamlike quality. Kind of a 'girly' book, but highly entertaining. Not just a love story, but a rumination on war, loss, and fairy tales all at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 11/4/2013

    " Gorgeous language, begs to be read aloud. Fascinating mix of traditional folk tales and recent history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri Light | 10/24/2013

    " This one was heavy on the allegorical history lesson and light on the trickster folklore. It was good but not good enough for me to continue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 7/8/2013

    " Just a drop-dead gorgeous retelling of a Russian folk tale. The imagery, the prose, and the characters; loved it from start to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 4/15/2013

    " I didn't care for the writing style and vocabulary.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/27/2013

    " Four stars for the writing and imagery and creativity. But toward the end I just wanted to finish. Not that I would have cut anything, but just glad to come to the end. Good read, out of my normal genres. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael SaharaFrog | 10/26/2012

    " I love some of this author's prior work, but this book didn't do much for me. As I read it, I felt like the author had read a guide book on Russian culture and was trying to regurgitate as many facts as she could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Stahle | 3/19/2012

    " Enchanting! I'm so glad to have stumbled across Catherynne Valente's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Liptak | 2/25/2012

    " Pretentious, irritating and soul-sucking read. More to come later on SF Signal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Richardson | 12/28/2011

    " Starts out strong with a great fairy-tale voice and surrealist world building. Unfortunately those same aspects end up grating by mid-novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/14/2011

    " Interesting mythology and beautiful storytelling. I am looking forward to reading her children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conrad | 6/22/2011

    " Lush descriptions of a stark, sometimes brutal world. Moments of exquisite beauty bundled in recursive repetition, much like life. Also, much like life, it went on, the story folded around itself and lies in my head, another egg to warm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/7/2011

    " It kept me thinking long after I had finished it. Very awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/6/2011

    " Fairy tales without character development cannot be sustained for an entire novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arrshley | 5/23/2011

    " This is beautifully written. It's heartbreakingly gorgeous. I love a book that stays with me for some time after I've finished it, and I love when a book inspires me to research new things! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " I had to stop reading partway through because the D/s relationships were too disturbing for me. Valente and I may have irreconcilable differences; I was also unable to finish Palimpsest. I believe that both books have fascinating conceits but actually reading them felt too much like bad trips. "

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About the Author
Author Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is an acclaimed author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She made her children’s book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.