Breaking Stalin's Nose

  • by Eugene Yelchin
  • Narrated by Mark Turetsky
  • 1 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Celebrated artist and author Eugene Yelchin drew on his own experience growing up in Soviet Russia to pen this Newbery Honor Book. Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik, who wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer in Stalin’s Communist Party. But when his father, a member of the State Security police, is arrested the night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, Sasha is left to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about Stalin and what it truly means to be a good comrade.


What the Critics Say

"[G]ets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends." (Horn Book)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Compelling! Frightening!

What made the experience of listening to Breaking Stalin's Nose the most enjoyable?

The story is horrifying, so I'm not sure that "enjoyable" is the right word to describe it. I would say that experiencing the hell, that was Stalin's Soviet Union, through the slowly evolving perspective of a 10 year old boy, is both riveting and frightening.

What did you like best about this story?

I was immensely impressed by the relentless, unsentimental way that the story unfolds.

Which character – as performed by Mark Turetsky – was your favorite?

The main character, without question.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found this book to be absolutely gut wrenching. It's impossible to listen to it, without being affected.

Any additional comments?

It's a very powerful book. It should completely dispel any "romantic" notions that anyone might have, about what life under Stalin was like.

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- Ira

great story based on history we must all know

What made the experience of listening to Breaking Stalin's Nose the most enjoyable?

Listening wasn't enjoyable but it was compelling. What is griping about this story is that it illustrates so well the experience of living under totalitarianism. Its a simplified, less dense version of 1984, yet just as compelling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator

What about Mark Turetsky’s performance did you like?

His inflections. His reading seemed quite consistent with how I imagine a young boys mind works.

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- goalie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books