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Download The Archivist's Story Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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 Rawlinso Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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