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Isaac Babel is one of my favorite authors, and I'm very familiar with the historical time and place in this book. I was looking forward to the story, but unfortunately there wasn't much story to tell, although the narrator tried to make one by reading very, very slowly with dramatic pauses unjustified by the text. It takes more than a series of barely related incidents, no matter how historically accurate, to make a novel.
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If you could sum up The Archivist's Story in three words, what would they be?
Profound and memorable. My first take of the book really did it no justice as I was rushed and listening in the car. It's simply not good for that - in traffic, the book seemed thin and I was impatient with it. But at home, prepped for a listen and with the phone turned off, I found the book amazing and addictive. It is indeed slow in its pacing, but that is by design. It gradually carves out a space in you and fills it with ache, one gentle layer at a time. I rarely mark books for a second listen in a few years time. This one made the list.
What does Nick Rawlinson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
The perfect reader for this book. It is the voice I imagine when I see the words (I saw the book in a store before I got the audiobook).
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