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I've followed the activism of Pussy Riot since they first made news, going so far as to stand in the rain for an hour and half in Chicago to hear Maria and Nadia speak at a music festival. Was so excited for the release of this book, and thought it would be perfect for my commute. It's horrifying -- performed by a woman imitating a Russian accent in an overdramatic, soap-opera, Boris-and-Natasha way. It's like listening to your eccentric Eastern European aunt tell you salacious stories about her time during the war, rather than listening to a young activist and artist tell a nuanced story about protest and the education it brought. I'll finish listening to it, but I really wish I'd picked up a paper copy instead. This borders on unlistenable.
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Maria and the others are true, brave heroines. They suffered imprisonment and exile in Siberia for speaking out against the unholy Church-State alliance in Russia. It's similar to what's developing in the US and so drew my interest. The Russian accented narrator adds a realistic touch to the story.
Maria Alyokhina’s book is quite fragmentary which makes this a very disjointed listen. She has a good and important story to tell but the audiobook does it a disservice. Bought the book and read that instead!