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I have read this book in Russian, watch the Russian movie, and now listened to it in English. I am very impressed with the translation, and with the reading as well.
For those who is in doubt: This book, called ?Azazel? in Russian, starts the series of wonderfully written detective stories taking place in Russia sometime after Anna Korenina and before the Revolution. The style is superb, the plot is intriguing; this book (and the series that followed) is one of the best things that happened to the contemporary Russian literature.
Currently, only two books of this series are translated into English (as far as I know): the Winter Queen and Murder on the Leviathan.
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I gave this entry four stars because the narrator did such an excellent job. The story is fun, though rather silly. It is very Russian, very melodramatic, almost a parody. The mystery is of the 19th, early 20th century serial variety, with the hero narrowly escaping death every other chapter or so. For plot and characters, I would give the book no more than 3 stars. Still, given the excellent reader, I will probably get the sequel. Maybe our hero grows up some.
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