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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Meek Narrator: Gordon Griffin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Siberia 1919. In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Stationed nearby is a regiment of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side in the recent conflict. Into this isolated community trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia's northernmost gulag. Immediately apprehended, he is brought before the regiment's megalomaniac commander. But the stranger's arrival has also caught the attention of others, including Anna, a beautiful young war widow. And when the local shaman lies dead, suspicion and terror engulf the little town. 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 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " More historical fiction, taking place during the Russian revolution and highlighting a community quite unlike any other. This wasn't necessarily riveting to me; it took several attempts to finish, mostly because I didn't really like any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 2/14/2014

    " I gave up on this book -- couldn't find the plot line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/13/2014

    " Okay - first of all, you HAVE to get past the first 100 pages. (Because there are so many people with Russian names and situations you don't quite understand, the first hundred pages are pretty confusing.) Don't give up though! Once you get past that 100 pages - and those of you who have read this, once Anna reads THE letter, this book just takes off. There are so many situations and revelations and secrets and passions, that this book is so entirely intriguing and captivating and exciting that you absolutely CAN'T put it down. I was just blown away by this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lori mitchell | 2/12/2014

    " i'm currently reading this book and i'm giving it five stars, i hope the ending doesn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Pearce | 2/7/2014

    " Utterly brilliant. Totally enthralling. Beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jenn | 2/3/2014

    " I just couldn't get through this. It seemed a little too busy for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 2/2/2014

    " I read this book some years ago and I can honestly say that I wanted to throw it in the trash when I was done. I know books about Russia and the revolution can be heavy and hard to read but this was extreme. I was intrigued by the opening of the book but it bogged down after that. I had no sympathy for any of the characters at all. I finished it only because I am stubborn that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciaran | 1/15/2014

    " Fabulous. 3+ years after reading the book I am still searching in vain to find a book quite as gripping and well written. Exceptional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexios Moore | 1/5/2014

    " What you expect from Russian classics but lose in the translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/23/2013

    " I loved this book. Epic, beautiful, terrifying. I saved the last thirty pages for a week because I just didn't want it to end. You'll never look at a stout traveling companion the same way... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally McRogerson | 12/10/2013

    " This was very, very hard work. Curse myself roundly for being one of those anal people who feels obliged to finish a book once I've started it. Wouldn't say this was the worst book I've ever read but man it was close! When will I learn to ignore newspaper critics? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rea | 12/1/2013

    " This book started off strong, with great character build-up, but then trailed off into dull. Although, I really liked the dialogue and interaction between the Czech soilders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/25/2013

    " This book is about the various forms that love takes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy L | 11/22/2013

    " A fascinating novel set in a very unique period and place in Russian modern history. With the strange ways of the religious sect and the cannibalism, it's certainly not for the faint-hearted, but it's very engaging and the characters are intriguing and at times unpredictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/29/2013

    " Meek is an excellent writer. The story unfolds slowly and by the middle I had to finish it to see how it would turn out. I was pulled in but didn't really enjoy reading the book for some reason. I think its my fault, not the book's. I wasn't up to all it had to say. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tenley | 7/17/2013

    " I thought the author must be a twisted person to come up with some of the religious cults portrayed in this book. Takes place in remote occupied Russia when the people are shifting towards communism. Everyone is immoral and motivated by self-interests. "

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

    " A gripping read that constantly surprises and veers in unexpected directions. Liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miquixote | 4/27/2013

    " No doubt the constant extremes of situations can command the reader's attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/16/2013

    " This left me cold (joke). I just couldn't get into this and by about chapter 3 decided it was not for me. Interesting to see reviews by people who loved it. This is the only book my bookgroup have read that no one liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 12/9/2012

    " Book clubs come up with some very odd books, and this was definitely one of them! Creepy central theme. Not sure I ever really got into the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 11/13/2012

    " Even though it was a slog there was no question of continuing. It was a compelling slog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 10/21/2012

    " Communism, C(SPOILER), and Cults what more does one ask for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 9/23/2012

    " Not entirely sure what to make of this, as it was powerful and interesting in places, but also quite dull in places. None of the characters were particularly sympathetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucyh | 12/10/2011

    " I hadn't heard of this book until I was given it. What a read! I found it gruesome, yet heart warming. I loved the historical and geographical aspect. A fabulous story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne Atkeson | 11/24/2011

    " James Meek is brilliant. Very different kind of story. As the blurbs indicated, the story is "bold and thrillingly written" or something like that. Worthy of the award nomination for sure. Full of symbolism, but still real characters, humor in the midst of total bleakness. Dark, but somehow hopeful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoTownhead | 10/22/2011

    " Taking stock after 80+ pages, I realised this book was not for me and thus did not read further. I found the pace slow and the story line obscure, I'm afraid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alaina | 5/24/2011

    " The Russian names and the style of the writing made it hard for me to get past the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/7/2011

    " A fascinating story set in Russia---a rather difficult read, but stick with it. I had to go back & read some chapters again to completely understand what was happening. Overall though--very intriguing plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marius | 4/14/2011

    " This laboured attempt to ape Dostoyevsky left me cold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/21/2011

    " Unforgettable characters, and maybe it was just about the timing, but I found it a disturbing book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/12/2011

    " Even though it was a slog there was no question of continuing. It was a compelling slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/3/2011

    " Very dark, but can't stop reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 12/31/2010

    " I had a hard time getting into the book but I stuck with it and it turned out to be very good. Great historical information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/20/2010

    " longlisted for the booker prize which is always a good sign... but just slightly too stark (like the siberian landscape in which it takes place) for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/18/2010

    " A review on the back of the book suggests that it's a fast-paced plot... I disagree. It was pretty slow until the last third of the book. It's definitely a unique plot though. "

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