• Coming Out of the Ice

  • An Unexpected Life
  • By: Victor Herman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-09-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1931, a young American named Victor Herman accompanied his parents to the Soviet Union, where his father was to set up a Ford Motor Company plant. In 1938, he was inexplicably thrown into a Soviet prison. It was 45 years before he was able to return to America. His was a common nightmare during the Stalin years. Those who survived imprisonment and torture were either sent north to hard labor in the icy forests and mines or into exile. Victor Herman was one of the few who survived. During his life in and out of Russian prisons, he fell in love with a Russian gymnast, who followed him into exile. She lived with him and their child for a year in Siberia in a cave chopped out of ice. Theirs was a romance destined to thrive even under desperate conditions.
©1983 Victor Herman (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Herman's tale is awful and heartening: awful that anyone should have undergone such things; heartening that he did and endured. This book is sure to take its place alongside Solzhenitsyn and Kessler's Darkness at Noon." (William F. Buckley Jr.)
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5 out of 5 stars
By On The Road on 06-20-09

Unordinary personal content

Different, yet a 4 potato book that gives a real world picture of what the USSR was realy like, great insights as to how Mr. Henry Ford may have disposed of 'union' antagonists, and a man's never dying love of life. As to how it got rated four potatoes, .... only Victor has that answer.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Allan LaCroix on 06-02-11

An incredible story.

This is one of the most fascinating stories I have ever read. I had never heard of Victor Herman nor did I know anything about this book but I took a shot at buying it based on its ratings. Herman turns out to be a very good writer on top of having had one of the most interesting lives I have ever read about. I really enjoyed Christopher Hurt's narration. If you are having trouble finding a good book to read then try this one. If there really is something called "chick lit" then this is probably "his lit" though I think most people would find the story interesting.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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