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3.01388888888889 out of 53.01388888888889 out of 53.01388888888889 out of 53.01388888888889 out of 53.01388888888889 out of 5 3.01 (144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orlando Figes Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781452678009
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"I went to get the letters for our friends, and couldn't help but feel a little envious, I didn't expect anything for myself. And suddenly—there was my name, and, as if it was alive, your handwriting."

In 1946, after five years as a prisoner—first as a Soviet POW in Nazi concentration camps, then as a deportee (falsely accused of treason) in the Arctic Gulag—twenty-nine-year-old Lev Mishchenko unexpectedly received a letter from Sveta, the sweetheart he had hardly dared hope was still alive. Amazingly, over the next eight years the lovers managed to exchange more than 1,500 messages, and even to smuggle Sveta herself into the camp for secret meetings. Their recently discovered correspondence is the only known real-time record of life in Stalin's Gulag, unmediated and uncensored.

Orlando Figes, author of Natasha's Dance, draws on Lev and Sveta's letters as well as KGB archives and recent interviews to brilliantly reconstruct the broader world in which their story unfolded. With the powerful narrative drive of a novel, Just Send Me Word reveals a passion and endurance that triumphed over the tragic forces of history.
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  • [Figes] fine narrative pacing enhances this moving, memorable story. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed reading this one. The letters are amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin McGrath | 12/25/2013

    " A fascinating work based on astonishing number of surviving letters. Lev and Sveta were a remarkable man and woman during the horrors of WW2 and the Soviet/Stalin Gulags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 12/20/2013

    " This was an interesting read with a lot of historical information about Russian work camps that I didn't know about. The book focuses more on the love story than the horrors of the work camps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 12/5/2013

    " Hugely moving story of love against the odds, and also against the a vast state apparatus. Provides a telling portrait of the impenetrable Gulag archipelago as well. or a small part of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 11/16/2013

    " This book is one of the few first person accounts of life in Stalin's Gulag. And it is a touching and true love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 8/14/2013

    " I loved this account of an incredible story of two people who manage to stay together against all the odds. I have read fuller more horrifying accounts of the gulags (not least, The Gulag Archipelago), but this brings it all home to life. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 6/8/2012

    " There was something enchanting about this. "

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About the Narrator

James Langton is an actor and narrator who has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, winning multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As a voice-over artist, he has worked with a host of industrial and commercial clients including Geico, Johnson&Johnson, and ask.com. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.