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An ingenious twist on traditional urban fantasies introduces listeners to a world below Moscow that is populated by lost souls and creatures from Russian folklore. People are turning into crows, and there's a connection between the underworld and these bizarre happenings. While the main characters were not particularly likeable, the ones from folklore tales like Koschey the Deathless and Zemun the Celestial Cow more than made up for that. The narrator did an adequate job and I think it may have been a difficult book to narrate because of the writing style of the author. The entire work has a melancholy feel and the ending fits the story perfectly, which is what made this a very satisfying listen.
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This book introduced me to the mythical Russian figures but failed to connect me to the myths and landscape of Moscow in as meaningful way as I had hoped. The narrator did well changing for characters but I found her voice as the main character was flat and gloomy. The story was also gloomy and I feel it could have had more sparkle if I knew more about the myths. I did listen to the whole story and it did resolve in a satisfactory way. I suppose it did reflect the beaten quality of the Russian people that I have witnessed in immigrants. I'll let you know when I get back from Moscow!