Extended Audio Sample

Download The Archivist's Story Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Archivists Story (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Travis Holland
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Travis Holland Narrator: Nick Rawlinson Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison is the writer Isaac Babel. The great author of Red Cavalry is spending his last days forbidden to write, his final works consigned to the archivist, Pavel Dubrov - who will ultimately be charged with destroying them.

Pavel, a former schoolmaster and lover of literature, a reluctant minion in Stalin's system, makes a reckless decision: he will save the last stories of the writer he admires, whatever the cost. Pavel's daring in the face of a vast bureaucracy of evil invigorates a life that had slowly lost its meaning, even as it guarantees his almost certain undoing. Download and start listening now!

BK_ISIS_000519

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Lera | 2/7/2014

    " Set in russia in 1939 - it tells a of beaten down man, who makes a decision to stage a personal rebellion against the "State". A very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 2/6/2014

    " This is an impressive effort about a literature teacher on the eve of WWII in Stalinist Russia who's been removed from his teaching job & assigned to manage the files--book, article, short story, & poetry manuscripts--at a prison where writers arrested under the regime are being held. The archivist struggles to retain a shred of humanity as he is compelled to destroy the nation's literary legacy, & his personal past is gradually undermined & destroyed as well. It's pretty grim, but the author very effectively captures the desperation & fear & despair as well as the flame of humanity that drives the character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/26/2014

    " I thought this was amazing. Wish I knew more about Russian literature and Soviet history, but even with my lame background knowledge, I was very drawn in, and troubled, by this book. In a good, think-about-stuff sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Fray | 1/26/2014

    " This was a gripping, moving and wonderfully descriptive novel. I was sorry when it ended and look forward to reading more by this great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting story of a Russian archivist working for the communist party in 1939, and his dilemma at having to destroy important literary works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Jones | 1/10/2014

    " Such a sad tale of life in Russia just prior to WWII. The author has done a wonderful job of a superb job of subtly expressing the despair and fear ordinary citizens had to cope with on a daily basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/8/2014

    " A short, sweet story about what it must have been like for academics heading into the depths of Stalinist Russia. The beginnings of World War 2 and the nightmare of Stalin's purges are a backdrop to one man's personal struggles between what he knows to be right and self-preservation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2014

    " Too many adjectives, too many corny metaphors. But the archivist character is actually pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/30/2013

    " wonderful story and beautiful prose. can't wait until he publishes his next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/9/2013

    " This is Holland's first novel and its spare tale of one man's struggle under Russian oppression is compelling and beautifully crafted. This was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 krin | 7/11/2013

    " Though low-key in action, this was a powerful story about personal courage and how one person can quietly make a difference even when it means putting his own life in danger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 6/16/2013

    " Interesting glimpse into a part of history that's strange to believe occurred. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicity | 6/21/2012

    " I can appreciate the sacrifices one makes for great literature, though this is an enormous one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rustam | 11/13/2010

    " The writing didn't knock me out, but it was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/12/2010

    " It would have helped if I had a better grasp of Russian history to be able to put this all into context. At first I found the ending disappointing, but then I think I began to understand the author's intent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/15/2010

    " wonderful story and beautiful prose. can't wait until he publishes his next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 2/17/2010

    " Interesting glimpse into a part of history that's strange to believe occurred. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/6/2010

    " Wow - a real hero's tale of what a very ordinary school teacher does in the face of tyranny under Stalin. I really valued the indecision of our protagonist in how to act. I think most of us are like that. Our brave moments are rarely from design. Instead, they are the result of impulses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 krin | 11/7/2009

    " Though low-key in action, this was a powerful story about personal courage and how one person can quietly make a difference even when it means putting his own life in danger.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicity | 11/2/2009

    " I can appreciate the sacrifices one makes for great literature, though this is an enormous one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carola | 9/16/2009

    " Set in Russia, with the usual bleakness and sense of helplessness, but not so bleak I couldn't get through it; I would not have chosen it if it were not the library book club selection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 6/10/2009

    " Didn't finish this. Found it rather bleak and slow. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations