Lenin Lives Next Door

  • by Jennifer Eremeeva
  • Narrated by Jennifer Eremeeva
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You can't make this stuff up." So says American writer, imperial Russia enthusiast, and veteran expatriate, Jennifer Eremeeva, who has lived for the last 20 years in Russia with HRH, her Handsome Russian Husband (occasionally a.k.a. Horrible Russian Husband) and their growing daughter. Luckily for Eremeeva, she didn't need to make up most of the events that inspired this, her first work of fiction. When she (and her alter-ego heroine, coincidentally named Jennifer) quit her job to write full time, she became enthralled with the dingy gray building across the courtyard from her apartment, where, it turned out, Vladimir Lenin's embalmed corpse was routinely freshened up and preserved. The result is Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow.
Based on Eremeeva's two decades in Russia, Lenin Lives Next Door knits together vignettes of cross-cultural and expatriate life with sharp observation, colorful historical background, and engaging humor. Each thematic chapter is an anecdotal exploration of an aspect of life in today's Russia, told with the help of a recurring cast of eccentric Russian and expat characters.
Lenin Lives Next Door introduces listeners to Russians in their everyday milieu: at their dachas, in three-day traffic jams, and celebrating their 300-plus public and professional holidays with mayonnaise-based salads. Lenin Lives Next Door is an inside look at Russia by a recovering Russophile.

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Jennifer E. is a fabulous writer and narrator!

If you could sum up Lenin Lives Next Door in three words, what would they be?

Witty
Engaging
Brilliant


Would you recommend Lenin Lives Next Door to your friends? Why or why not?

Oh but how I loved this book. I adored Ms. Eremeeva's witty repartee on every topic, from huband's work antics to the disconsolate waitress to airport antics. I would have enjoyed listening to more of Ms. Eremeeva's stories and less of Russian history, but she was writing for context and I understand this.


Have you listened to any of Jennifer Eremeeva’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I was not aware that Ms. Eremeeva narrated any other book! She is definitely in my top 5 of narrators. Great voice, great great cadence, I really felt her passion and energy.


Who was the most memorable character of Lenin Lives Next Door and why?

This felt so first person, I didn't pull out characters. I really enjoyed Ms. Eremeeva's stories and voicing of her gay friend.


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- Trish

Lenin lives next door

This book was good at times,then there were times I just gritted my teeth and wenet wit it.I liked the idea of seeing Russia through the eyes of an ex pat.I may have 'seen' too much.Both written and narrated by Jennifer Ermeeva,sometimes she was good,others not so much.I got a bit confused with all the names and characters and where they fit.Maybe reading it in black and white would have been better.
I was given this book free of charge for an honest review.
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- Deedra "I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2014
  • Publisher: Brick Shop Audio