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City of Thieves
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.During the Nazis brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughters wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
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Aims42
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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I‘m proud of myself for not only finishing this book, but for also enjoying it! I love historical fiction about WWII, but am squeamish with really gory details. Well, this book is not for the squeamish, BUT I pushed through and am so glad I did 👍🏻 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars

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CaitlinR
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Two young men are given an absurd quest. If they can deliver one dozen eggs to an insane Colonel during the siege of Leningrad, their lives will be spared. The Germans are brutal and the Partisans cruel. Russian citizens are eating sawdust and each other, dogs are being used as weapons, but the friendship formed on the quest becomes beautiful.

Not for the faint of heart, but great storytelling.

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Cinfhen
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#SoaringScores #ANationOfThieves This book, set in Leningrad during WWII is the story of two boys tasked with procuring a dozen fresh eggs for the Czar‘s chef in order to bake a wedding cake for his daughter‘s upcoming wedding. It‘s a really great read. Clever and well constructed.

Texreader I agree. This is a good book 1mo
cathipink You know he's one of the creators of the Game of Thrones tv series too, right? 🙂 1mo
CrowCAH Ah, thieves of eggs 🥚! Neato 1mo
Cinfhen I am aware @cathipink and I‘m pretty sure fans personally blamed him for the disastrous final season of GOT 🙄 I think he‘s working on a Star Wars script now. He‘s a good writer @Texreader I think City of Thieves would translate well to film @CrowCAH 1mo
Mdargusch I have read this and really liked it too! 1mo
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Beccacraft
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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This book was set in Russia during WWII and told the story of the a boy‘s harrowing days during the Leningrad Siege. It was gripping, beautifully written, and interspersed with comic relief despite the terrible nature of the events in that time. I loved the characters and truly felt invested in their outcomes.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book!! I was completely captivated by it. 2mo
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JenniferP
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#7Days7covers Day 7 #covercrush Loved this challenge!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One of my favorites ever. 🥚 2mo
JenniferP @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I also loved this book! And I think the cover really fits. 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 7
I tag everyone! If you want to play, please do!

Buechersuechtling Definitely a book to remember. 1w
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Bookwormjillk
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I decided to finish #bfcr3 with a bang today. A hike plus yard work have me counting down the minutes until I can get into bed with my book. It‘s been a good week- I was sick as a dog last weekend but am bouncing back with some healthy eating and self care.

Out of the eight books I listened to while active this round the tagged book is by far my favorite.

Stay well bfcers. See you next time!

wanderinglynn So glad to hear you‘re feeling better. And great job! Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
sudi Glad you're feeling better 💕 and great job 👏👏👏 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This book is grim and violent but also stunningly funny. I was so attached to the characters by the end. An excellent audiobook- I did so much laundry today just so I could see how this ended.

Hazel0303 This is one of my all time favorite books. 2mo
thebluestocking I loved this book too!! 💙 And I hope I can find such a book this week to help me with the piles of laundry! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! 2mo
Bookwormjillk @Hazel0303 I think it‘s going to be up there for me too 2mo
Bookwormjillk @thebluestocking haha good luck! 2mo
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LiterRohde
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“‘Stalin goes to visit one of the collectives outside of Moscow. ‘Tell me, comrade, how did the potatoes do this year?‘ ‘Very well, Comrade Stalin. If we piled them up, they would reach God.‘ ‘But God does not exist, Comrade Farmer.‘ ‘Nor do the potatoes, Comrade Stalin.‘‘”

#ColorMePretty | 11: #Red

📷: Made with Typorama

BookishTrish Nicely played! 4mo
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Becker
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The brutality of war laced lightly with moments of absurd humour. An unusual book is some ways but I found the story quite gripping.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I loved reading this thrilling coming-of-age story set during the Siege of Leningrad, written by the author who also co-create the HBO‘s GoT.

#WanderingJune #Russians

Cinfhen This was a very good novel 5mo
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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

There is not much that is earth shattering here: plot is consistent, characters are dynamic enough to keep it all interesting, and the setting is the real star here. This reads as a great primer for WWII‘s eastern front brutality, but self admittedly not a comprehensive overview.

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Yesmynameistable
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“The loneliest sound in the world is other people making love.” Pg 76

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Yesmynameistable
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff

“I‘ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a streamer trunk at the foot of the bed.” Pg 24

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Catmat
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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Excellent vacation read.

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readordierachel
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For some reason today's prompt made me think of this cover/book, which I have yet to read. Two prisoners in Nazi-occupied Russia on a literal egg hunt, tasked to find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of colonel's daughter, making their way through "the dire lawlessness of Leningrad." Anyone read it?

#boulevardofbrokendreams #musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory I read it. I thought it was worthwhile. 10mo
Amiable I really liked this one. 10mo
Swe_Eva It was a really good read! 👍 10mo
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Samreamer I love this book! I even got my husband to read it (he usually is only a non-fiction person), and he really liked it. 10mo
cariashley It‘s so so good. Audio is fantastic. 10mo
Cinfhen This book surprised me. It was well done and a different take on WWII which I enjoyed. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read it and liked it :) 10mo
Reggie This sounds pretty good. Stacked. 10mo
zezeki This is my tbr too. Heard only good things. 10mo
minkyb I remember really liking this! 10mo
readordierachel @BookNerd9906 @reggie @zezeki It sounds interesting, right? 👍🏽😊 10mo
BookNerd9906 @readordierachel Definitely! Lmk what you think. 10mo
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Jen2
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Great story but some really brutal scenes.

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked this! 10mo
Crazeedi Love this pic! 10mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I loved going back through my lists to find my #18in2018 as I had forgotten about a few of these despite how much I loved them. 😯

JaclynW So many great ones! 11mo
bookandbedandtea @JaclynW It was a good reading year! 11mo
bookandbedandtea @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! I really enjoyed these. 11mo
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Thousand-Lives
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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Loved this one! Although a bleak WWII tale, it also manages to be charming and funny. I miss the characters and that‘s always the mark of a great book for me.

Do be warned that it is violent and the dialogue can be crude.

Amiable I really liked this one, too. 11mo
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Thousand-Lives
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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I started this one on my Kindle, but realized I also own a paper copy. Had to switch over when I realized how nicely the cover coordinates for the holiday season. 😆🌲

Amiable Ha! It really does! 😀 12mo
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Thousand-Lives
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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A little hotel reading this morning. My husband and I were able to get away last night for his work holiday party. Enjoying these (rare) quiet, child-free moments with coffee and a book!

Has anyone read this one? It‘s been on my Kindle for a long time.

callielafleur I adore this book. Extremely well-plotted and very funny. 12mo
cariashley I listened to this on a bit of a whim and was blown away. Absolutely loved it. 🖤 12mo
Notafraidofwords Love this book ! 12mo
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Nebklvr
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All that is left of the wonderful egg tarts someone brought me. Love the people, love the food. I love books set in Russia. I had read a nonfiction book about the siege of Leningrad. This book felt like the typical adventure tale but with the dire backdrop of a city/area waiting for invasion. Bombastic characters and sparkling humor, sadly intense moments highlighting the vagaries of war. Less than 300 pages but it gets it right.

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Chasingmermaids
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My first ever solo display at work!!! I‘m honestly so happy to do things like this. It makes my heart so happy.

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Swe_Eva
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Pickpick

This one just sucks you in and won‘t let go; great characters, engaging setting, and the stake are at the life-or-death level. Audiobook reader Ron Perlman (yep, Hellboy himself) does a spectacular job as well. Highly recommended.

Bookish_B Is this YA? I was thinking of recommending this for book club but we did a YA book last month so I don't think they'd go for another so soon. 1y
Swe_Eva @Bookish_B Not at all. The cover does make it look slightly juvenile, but the subject matter is very much serious, albeit with a lot of dark humor. 1y
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eshchory
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One more commute and I will have finished this book. A quick read and well written but not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

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Andrew65
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#AugustIsATrip #Russia
Three of my favourite books set in Russia, looking at my read books this is one of my most visited countries!
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#ThreeStack #ReadingResolutions
@Jess7

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked the tagged book! 1y
Andrew65 @erzascarletbookgasm The City Of Thieves was a great read! 👍 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 I enjoyed City of Thieves too and I‘m looking forward to reading the other two. 1y
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Andrew65 @EadieB You won‘t be disappointed. Archangel is possibly my favourite Robert Harris. 1y
vkois88 A Gentleman In Moscow is on my TBR 1y
Andrew65 @vkois88 I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy it, I will be reading one of his other books next month. (edited) 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I can‘t wait for that one!! And I do miss the Count ❤️🖤 1y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too, and the hotel! 1y
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obviateit
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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#whileimatit This one is also $1.99 and it looks amazing! #ebook #ebooksale #ebookdeal #sale

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brookesiem
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Tim Ferris recommended reading this before bed but this just confirms my hypothesis that Tim is part mutant because who the hell lets causal Soviet cannibalism lull you to sleep.

Also, I have no idea how this #Litsy thing works.
#cityofthieves #fiction #bedtimereading #historicalfiction #immakinguphastags #davidbeniof

Graywacke Welcome! @RaimeyGallant has put together a really fantastic welcome package of tips to get you started. See here: https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/ 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! If you prefer how-to videos, check out the Litsy ones linked in @chelleo's bio. :) @LitsyWelcomeWagon #litsywelcomewagon 1y
Chelleo Hi and welcome! 🤗 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻 1y
Sace Welcome! 1y
Jess7 Welcome!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
Theshadedbuffalo Welcome to Litsy!! ⭐️📚 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
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Swe_Eva
City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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Not even this view distracted me from WWII Leningrad. I'm in chapter 2 and it's absolutely riveting! Please, please, please tell me it lasts the whole book. #audiowalking

readingjedi Oh. My. Gosh. That looks like paradise. 1y
Swe_Eva @readingjedi It is very nice indeed. There‘s a reason I moved across the Atlantic and stayed... 😁 (edited) 1y
Felso I would never leave that spot! 1y
Swe_Eva @Felso If it wasn't for that pesky job I need to go to. 😂 1y
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bento02
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I chose this book because the cover just stood out on the shelf. Good call because it was a great read. The story of an impossible mission by two impossible men, during the impossible time of the Seige of Leningrad. Funny, heartwarming, and with just enough action. Can't endorse it enough.

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JulAnna
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A coming of age story set during the siege of Leningrad in WW2. I think the author did an excellent job of establishing the setting and conveying the bleakness and horror of desperate people in a desperate time. There was a good bit of black humor. Compelling plot and pacing. Trigger warnings for a lot of sexual references, crude language, and violence.

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JulAnna
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Relaxing with an interesting book makes a pleasant Sunday evening! 🤓

Notafraidofwords One of my favorites 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I liked this. Enjoy! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#GetMovin This book about two “misfits” thrown together on a madcap adventure in WWII Leningrad was quite heartwarming #TheJokerAndTheThief

vivastory Really enjoyed this one! 2y
Cinfhen I was surprised by how funny it was @vivastory Benioff is a good writer 2y
vivastory I've heard great things about 2y
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Cinfhen I should probably stack it @vivastory 😉 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I enjoyed and really liked this one. 👍 2y
Blaire Sounds like a fun one! 2y
BookaholicNatty Stacked this one! ❤️❤️ 2y
Cinfhen It‘s super quirky @BookaholicNatty @Blaire but it‘s good and unexpected - glad u agree @erzascarletbookgasm 💕 2y
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witbeyondmeasure
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I never thought of putting a buddy comedy in WWII Russia but here we are. This book is a gem. The story is by turns funny and heartbreaking, tender and foul-mouthed, and the odd pairing of Lev and Kolya are its heart and soul. After 250 pages (or 8.5 hours, in my case) of watching them wander and make trouble on the hunt for their Egg MacGuffin, you can‘t help but love them.

Cinfhen Fabulous review!! 2y
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witbeyondmeasure
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Bonding time with my mum — she‘s new to audiobooks but quickly learning that they‘re much more portable than paperbacks. We agree on two things: a) Ron Perlman adds tremendous gravitas to the narrative and b) Kolya has BETTER survive this. So excited to find out more.

RaimeyGallant I'm getting into audiobooks of late too. :) And welcome! #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻 2y
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JulAnna
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A magnolia tree at the Brooklyn Botanical gardens. Gorgeous spring day!
Yes, Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef.
Hmm, I don‘t give 5 stars very easily. The Bear and the Nightingale was my first 4 star this year.
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The tagged book-one of 3 (also No Man Dies Alone and Norse Mythology) from the weekend 🤓💕📚
#humpdaypost @MinDea

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Schuhbox
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@ThatOneLibrarian Thank you so much! I can‘t wait to read all of them! And the bookmarks are so cute! #litsyswap

ThatOneLibrarian I forgot to mention that the bookmarks are from my library! We have a contest every year and print the winners. 2y
Schuhbox They are great! Some very talented kiddos! 2y
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howjessreads
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My March in review. This is my lowest reading month in more than a year! I blame spring break adventures; and listening to another 12 hours of Grant (which I will finish one of these years!). #jesshowreads2018

The best two are the far right - City of Thieves and Arabella. I also really enjoyed my reread of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. #marchreads #marchinreview

hgrimes I had a slow reading month as well. Such a packed month! 2y
robinb I love Georgette Heyer! ❤️ 2y
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howjessreads
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Disregard terrible hair: it‘s sooo windy! Just went for a 5000 step #audiowalk! Sorta weird to contrast this book set during the frigid Leningrad siege with this sunny day....

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Cdowd23
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City of Thieves, a historical fiction novel by David Benioff, is one of my all time favorites! I‘m a sucker for dark, disturbing, yet human accounts of war. It is both a coming of age story set in the World War II Siege of LeningradIt and a classic adventure tale that follows the adventures of two young men. Warning: this is not for the squeamish. It is violent and dark, but beautiful and poetic at the same time!

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bookandbedandtea
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This is really good. While reading I realized that I don't really know anything about the Russian experience of WW2 so I appreciated it for that reason alone. But it was also full of interesting characters and even had some humor. The writing was well done-being able to not just see but hear and smell and feel the story I'm reading is my favorite thing.

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plemmdog
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For book club munchies, I substituted magic graham bars for the Russian steppes.

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plemmdog
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Talent must be a fanatical mistress. She‘s beautiful; when you‘re with her, people watch you, they notice. But she bangs on your door at odd hours, and she disappears for long stretches, and she has no patience for the rest of your existence...some day she will leave you for good. One night, after she‘s been gone for years, you will see her on the arm of a younger man, and she will pretend not to recognize you.

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cariashley
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I hit my reading goal last week but haven‘t had time to post! And I hit it with this 5-star, absolutely wonderful read. I went into this audiobook not knowing anything about it (thought it was a spy novel, dunno why 🤷🏼‍♀️) and I loved it. It made me laugh and it made me cry (sometimes on the subway). Highly, highly recommend.

irre 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉 2y
AmyG Wow!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
britt_brooke Fantastic!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🎉🎉this was a fun read, for such a heavy story! 2y
bookloo Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
sprainedbrain Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
callielafleur Wow!! And I agree, I LOVED this book. Nicely done 🎉 2y
Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
LeahBergen Wow! 🎉 2y
JessClark78 Congrats! 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊📚 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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DrexEdit Interesting. And Ron Perlman. Stacked! 😊 2y
ReadingRover This was an entertaining listen! Sad at certain points but also funny. A really good balance. I enjoyed it a lot. (edited) 2y
minkyb I read this a while back and remember liking it. Hope you enjoy. 2y
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OhNoMersault
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I wouldn‘t quite call this a caper since most of the book was bleak af, but both protagonists were fun and the story moved at a great pace. Ron Perlman is a gentleman and a scholar always.

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“I've always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”