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Download The Russian Debutante's Handbook Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,046 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Shteyngart Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Best-selling author Gary Shteyngart's exquisite fiction is met with a level of critical acclaim reserved for the very best in the field. In this startlingly provocative work, Russian immigrant Vladimir Girshkin searches for love and self-identity while interacting with a quirky set of acquaintances.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/19/2014

    " This was pretty good, but nowhere near as good as Absurdistan (by the same author, and really funny). It was a bit rambling and the main character was kind of annoying at times. He was supposed to be, of course, but it just rubbed me the wrong way at times. But, I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Hainley | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this, though maybe for his third book Shteyngart might think about a turn away from the bumbling NY jew accidental mafioso genre, lest he pigeonhole himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/8/2014

    " Tremendously entertaining. I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic. Smart and funny. Can't wait to read his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Martinez | 1/30/2014

    " I really have a hard time with a book that doesn't have a character I like, and most of the time I was annoyed by the main character, Vladimir Gershkin, who gets pushed around a lot by his mother and various Eastern European gangsters. The New York Times said this book was uproarious, but there was only one scene that made me laugh out loud. The redeeming factors were that the book gives you a peek at an Eastern European immigrant's experience, character description is imaginative, and now I know more about Russian gangsters. They're mean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya Doernberg | 1/29/2014

    " Loved it! Highly recommend it. (See what I had to say about this author's second novel--I feel the same way about this one, which is his first.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilya Bagrak | 1/19/2014

    " Delightful! I think it takes some familiarity with Eastern Europe to truly appreciate this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krissa | 1/19/2014

    " Whatever, this book's gotten a lot of flack ala Corrections but at least no one claimed this to be the next De Lillo (Franzen, I'm LOOKING AT YOU). I think it was a funny, enjoyable story, plus also the author photo shows him pictured with a baby BEAR. You've gotta respect a man for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/14/2014

    " Very entertaining and facile humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen | 1/11/2014

    " witty, Evelyn Waugh-esque, great for those who are fans of Russian culture/literature/kitsch; original characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica | 12/19/2013

    " Highly imaginative and hysterically funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dooley Gilchrist | 12/15/2013

    " A little more long-winded than his other books. But he managed to bring it all back together. Lots of fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ioana-Maria | 12/5/2013

    " Very witty book. The main character Vladimir is masterfully constructed. He's a Russian Jew emigrant in NY, and his cultural identities crises are treated in both a profound and a humorous manner. On the negative side, S. indulges a bit too much in ethnic/national stereotypes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Desole | 11/7/2013

    " Disappointing. I had read a lot of positive reviews of this when it came out.A bit too much of the "everyone's an a-hole" for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 9/1/2013

    " A Russian emigre to the U.S. flees the mob only to get wrapped up in another Eastern European mob that gives him all the glory he can handle and then some. Not nearly as good as Absurdistan, but it read like a practice run. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve Hills | 3/29/2013

    " do not like this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigid | 2/21/2013

    " If you ever wanted to go to Prague in the 90s (or make fun of those who did), read this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 N. | 2/15/2013

    " Am I supposed to spend the course of the entire book hoping Vladimir gets offed by the mafia? If I am, the book's succeeding amply, but if not... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 9/2/2012

    " Shteyngart's language is astonishing and funny, but the plot seemed "over the top" to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Parfitt | 3/22/2012

    " Funny? You want funny? Here you go. Funniest book by an Oberlin grad I have ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 3/2/2012

    " I didn't find it as funny as others seemed to. Clever in parts but I didn't even chuckle. I liked Absurdistan a bit more. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the US seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and a best book of the year by Time, the Washington Post Book World, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and many others. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, the New Yorker, and Travel + Leisure. He currently lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.