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This is a great series, it helps to be a follower and to have some familiarity with the characters. The economy of language is marvelous and the multiple story lines help paint a complex if bleak picture of life in Russia. The narration is a bit over the top with a 'Moose and squirrel must die' Slavic accent but otherwise completely convincing and very enjoyable.
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Kaminsky's wonderful detective Rostnikov series never disappoints. His characters have such depth and the stories are always interesting. After having read almost all of Kaminsky's other Rostnikov books listening to the book with the reader's Russian accent added to my enjoyment. I HIGHLY recommend "A Whisper to the Living".
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would chop the last three or four chapters, They all deal, at very unnecessary length, with what happened after the case was solved with all the different characters and they failed to interest me very much.
I also think, that although the Russian accent was fairly convincing, if the story is set in Russia and all the characters (except for one who doesn't even speak that often) are Russian it is very unnecessary - and at length annoying - to use an accent. It would have been much more enjoyable and authentic in just plain English. One time I listened to an audiobook (can't remember for sure might have been a Jo Nesbo), which was set in a foreign country and the narrator used various English accents to give a personality to the characters and it worked wonderfully.
What about Daniel Oreskes’s performance did you like?
One of the reasons I bought this one was because I I heard him in American Gods and loved his voice and style. It was only the Russian accents throughout the entire book I found unnecessary this time.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Yes it actually might work on film much better. If directed by a Russian would be all the more fascinating.
Any additional comments?
I liked the old-fashioned style, although I can't say it was an excellent read (listen).
It might have helped if I had not listened to this one just after I had finished The End of The Affair by Graham Greene, which was a deeply moving and thought provoking masterpiece and the contrast might have been just too great.