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Author: Boris Akunin Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Erast Fandorin Series Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781415929728
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In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin’s old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev (“Achilles” to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer–“not exactly a courtesan”–known as Wanda. Apparently, in Wanda’s bed, the general secretly breathed his last. . . .


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Quotes & Awards

  • [Akunin’s] novels feature a Slavic Sherlock Holmes who speaks Japanese and English, is skilled at martial arts and has ladykiller good looks. . . . Millions of readers have been seduced. The Wall Street Journal
  • [Akunin] writes gloriously pre-Soviet prose, sophisticated and suffused in Slavic melancholy and thoroughly worthy of nineteenth-century forebears like Gogol and Chekhov. Time
  • Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised [Akunin’s] clever plots, vivid characters and wit as sharp as the sword hidden in Fandorin’s walking stick. Baltimore Sun
  • Akunin’s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted. The Providence Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 natalia | 9/16/2017

    " Mi piace molto il modo in cui Akunin scrive ,adoro il personaggio Erast Fandorin! Non vedo l'ora di leggere di più su Fandorin e le sue avventure ". "

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

    " Best of the Fandorin series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2014

    " Normally I am a huge fan of the international mysteries, but I could not get into this book at all. Maybe it was just the translation I had, I don't know, but it was reeeally dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this tale - Akunin is a comtemporary Russian author who has a good following in Europe. His character Fandorin is something of a Russian, 19th Century James Bond - a master of disguise that gets involved in all kinds of interesting adventures with a scruffy cast of characters that remind you of Dickens...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kas | 2/1/2014

    " Erast Fandorin is a very cool candidate. I love to read his way around a mystery. This was one of my favourites of his... but I say that after each one I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2014

    " I just love the way Akunin writes his books. Such a storyteller. What i particularly liked about this book is that he divided the story in 2 parts, sort of: 2 characters and 2 story lines. Just when you think you are a little bit tired of reading about it, here it comes, he brings a new story in and later combines them together. Great idea! Can't wait to read more about Fandorin and his adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 1/29/2014

    " It was a good addition to the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much and it is a big improvement on "Murder on the Leviathan," which I found rather formulaic. This book was almost as good as "Turkish Gambit" with the characters much more fully fleshed out than in "Murder." I do have a weakness for good characterisation and will forgive an author for poor plotting if his/her characters are good. The structure of this story works very well and I liked the final section where the story is turned around to be viewed through the eyes of Achimas. I loved the character Masa and my only criticism is that the author killed off General Sobolev! Criminal waste of a such a great character! Great read and one to keep on your bookshelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoying reading Erast's adventures, and like the Moscow setting. It's not your typical police procedure as Erast Fandorin seems to be more based on Sherlock Holmes. Handsome, intelligent and very lucky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorian | 1/7/2014

    " I admire Akunin's play with genre conventions. Transcends pastiche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janellyn51 | 1/2/2014

    " This Erast Fandorin book was quite a ride. I liked the addition of Masa. The plot was intricate, and filled with many slippery situations, but, as you might imagine, Erast wins out in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 12/9/2013

    " Good murder mystery that gives the perspective from both the protagonist and antagonist. It takes place in Russia in 1882 and has very vivid imagery. Not sure if I totally liked the depiction of Fandorin's Japanese sidekick, but overall I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sacapsie | 12/2/2013

    " Akunin is an erudite and clever writer, and his style is similar to that of the beloved 19th and early 20th-century Russian authors (especially Bulgakov). The subject matter is pulpy, but behind it hides a talented writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/30/2013

    " By Boris Akunin "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/15/2013

    " I was rooting for the villian instead of the hero. Not a good sign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/9/2013

    " Oh, Fandorin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 3/11/2013

    " What can you say! It's the 'neverending story' .. bleh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 7/24/2012

    " The first Fandorin book I read- made me want to go back for more. A slow unravelling of the story kept me hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina | 8/9/2011

    " Fun mystery... nice to have a new series to get lost in... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/24/2011

    " What a lovely crime series. Love the historical background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antula | 11/17/2010

    " I`m pleased to discover Akunin finally. This is the first crime book I truly enjoyed after Le Carre! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 8/27/2010

    " All rather Holmes and Moriarty (I probably shouldn't have read this during the excellent BBC reinvention of Holmes), but still extremely enjoyable (as always). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/10/2010

    " I didn't really get into this story until the narrative shifted to the history of the violently psychopathic villain. Then I was fascinated. What does this say about me? Maybe I don't want to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina | 4/11/2010

    " Fun mystery... nice to have a new series to get lost in... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 3/6/2010

    " This was my favorite of the Fandorin adventures, even though he's not the central character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheepngoat1 | 11/2/2009

    " It was interesting to switch back and forth from Tolstoy to this work - because of both authors take on russian culture - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia | 9/14/2009

    " kryminal, ale taki dosc fajny.

    ostatni poscig to pierwsza w moim zyciu scena akcji, która naprawde mi sie podobala i której nie ominelam, wow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 9/10/2009

    " What can you say! It's the 'neverending story' .. bleh! "

About the Author

Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer of Georgian origin. He is best known as writer of detective and historical fiction, but he is also an essayist and literary translator. The author of the Erast Fandorin mystery series and several others series, he has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael, winner of several Earphones Awards, has also won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.