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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick McGuinness Narrator: Cameron Stewart Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. The socialist state is in crisis, the shops are empty and old Bucharest vanishes daily under the onslaught of Ceaucescu's demolition gangs. Paranoia is pervasive and secret service men lurk in the shadows. In The Last 100 Days, Patrick McGuinness creates an absorbing sense of time and place as the city struggles to survive this intense moment in history. He evokes a world of extremity and ravaged beauty from the viewpoint of an outsider uncomfortably, and often dangerously, close to the eye of the storm as the regime of 1980s Romania crumbles to a bloody end.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 2/13/2014

    " This book was right up my alley. I thought it was intelligently written, unusual and loved the combination of historical facts wrapped up in a fictional storyline. I can see the validity in other book reviewers who have called this book dry. It does have a tendency to be dry and depressing in the description of Romania during the period of time that it is set in. I have heard this book called "dark" but one must remember when the book was set. I did have a difficult time with that, but found that is actually what kept my fascination with the book. I have not come across a large number of fictional books written during the time of Nicolai Ceausescu and Romanian history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Kewley | 2/10/2014

    " It's a bit of a slow burner and a bit flat in places. The last chapter was the most enjoyable for me as the drama increased. Throughout though it's a very descriptive read obviously written by a poet, rich with satire and humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Cusumano | 2/7/2014

    " A great insight into life in a communist state. Good characters in a tumultuous period of time. Great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrina | 1/23/2014

    " Review to come; homework first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iben | 1/9/2014

    " Combines 20th century Eastern European history and an intense interest in architecture and the urbanism--what's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgie | 12/11/2013

    " I can see why this book didn't make it on to the short list for the Booker. Quite hard to follow at times and I felt the characters were somewhat undeveloped "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maree Cox-Baker | 11/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was wrong of me to read it while I was relaxing at the cottage, note to self, read something lighter when you are at the cottage! That being said I was glad I read it and would definitely recommend it to my friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 3/7/2013

    " An impressive evocation of Romania in the age of Ceaucescu. The milieu held my interest as much or more than the plot did. The viewpoint character seemed somewhat colorless to me, but the book still held my attention until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 3/2/2013

    " While this book is fiction and a bit dry at times. It is quite chilling with the corruptness and poverty that occured during the cold war going on around. This book focuses on era in Romania. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepak | 12/24/2012

    " This is a must read book. It describes in a moving way, the collapse of the communist/totalitarian regime in romania "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/6/2012

    " It took me a while to get into this but enjoyed it in the end. Set in Romania in the last 100 days of Ceausescu "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calvin Coulter | 2/25/2012

    " a thumping good read. a cracking story and extremely well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Del Johnstone | 12/28/2011

    " Smashing story this, the author has done a brilliant job of bringing the collapse of the Ceauscescu regime down to a personal level. Good story, believable characters, and a plausible glimpse into what Bucharest must have been like as things began to fall apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Waterstoneswalsall | 12/23/2011

    " Quirky and offbeat tale about a Englishman who gets a job he didn't apply for, as a lecturer at a University in Bucharest just before the fall of Ceaucescu. It's a outsiders view of a city in turmoil and a dictator state teetering on the brink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2011

    " About the last 100 days of the Ceaucescu regime in Romania told through the eyes of a Brit who's recruited to teach and (he suspects) engage in illegal activities in Romania during this period. Very suspenseful. "

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