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Would you listen to A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir again? Why?
Definitely! I loved both the author and the narrator! They were both engaging, poignant and humorous in the right spots. I loved it
What did you like best about this story?
The whole thing was a tgerrific read about identity, race, family, and perceptoin.
Have you listened to any of Daniel Gamburg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not. My quibble with his performance is less about his narration and more about the post-production. The narrator was very good, but switches in audio quality - even mid-sentence - became incredibly distracting to an audiophile with a good set of headphones...
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both! I laughed out loud in some places, and cried at some moving moments.
Any additional comments?
This book is less about Lev's journey to find the people who assisted him as a child, and more about his experiences as a refugee, then an immigrant; as a Jew and an anti-Semite. While this was not a bad thing, the publisher's description talks more about his journey to locate the people who assisted him.
Terrific read, either way!
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If you could sum up A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, Interesting, and Funny
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir?
I was surprised to find out how difficult it was for the author's family to leave Russia in 1989!?? I love history and read a lot of nonfiction but this was different because the author is essentially the same age as I am! It was eye-opening in a very relate-able way!
Which character – as performed by Daniel Gamburg – was your favorite?
I thoroughly enjoyed Daniel's narration. His slight accent was endearing and (although I am not Russian) it sounded authentic and natural! I just finished listening to a completely different audiobook about Russia and the narration made me want to scream because it was so overdone and obnoxious!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The title of this book would be hard to beat!
Any additional comments?
It was so interesting to listen to Lev's impressions of his trek to America via Austria. His family was hilarious, intelligent and lovely to 'get to know.'He helped me see America through the eyes of an immigrant. I always admire and envy those from other cultures who come to America but this story helped me also see the struggles as well. This is an uplifting story about human kindness, friendships and family! I learned so much about Russia, immigration policies (or lack thereof), and what it means to be a family!
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