This is Michael Krupa's story of how in 1939 he escaped the German invasion of Poland only to be captured by the Red Army, accused of espionage, and interrogated in the notorious Lubianka prison. He was then sent to the infamous Pechora Gulag, where most inmates died of overwork and starvation within a year. Amazingly, Kupra then escaped and made the gruelling journey from Siberia to Afghanistan.
This is a remarkable true story of survival and also gives a chilling insight into the brutality of Stalinist Russia. It reads like a thriller and is in the mould of Defiance, and Touching the Void in tales of human survival and endeavour against the odds.
©2004 Michael Krupa (P)2011 Audible Ltd
We often hear about amazing stories of human survival and triumph through adversity and this is one that charts a line from the utter depths of degradation to freedom, sometimes through cunning and intelligence, at other times through the kindness of strangers, somtimes through the stupidity of others, and at others through sheer luck. It is a story that needs to be heard as well. The story of a nation suppressed and brutalsied by Uncle Joe Stalin.
But where it disappoints, a little, is in the telling. It is a true life story so it would be unreasonable to expect the pacing and thrills of a novel but it does feel a little one-paced. But the real problem is the narrator - Branko Tomovic - he has an an engaging voice but, clearly English is not his first language, and very often - too often in fact - mis-pronunciations or incorrectly accented syllables make it a little difficult to understand. It's a harsh criticism I know, but I did find it distracting and often found myself having to replay or pause the book to try and check what had actually been said.
Amazing book! I was left humbled by the story of this man's struggle and achievement. Thank goodness I had read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book 'The Gulag Archipelago' because I had been slightly conditioned to the horrors of Russian prisoner camps under the communist era. What Michael Krupa survived is nothing short of a miracle. The book is beautifully read and so exciting, not a book you want to put down. The story takes you from a childhood in Poland through the war and truly awful tribulation in Siberia to an escape that was both daring and courageous. My only wish is that the book went on from the end to tell us more of how he came to meet his English wife and his life to date. Steal your self for a gruelling ride but I cannot recommend this book more highly really well written, emotional and descriptive.
Yes. To educate them.
An interesting story which unfortunately stopped to soon for me. I hope there is a second volume detailing his journey from Freedom in Afganistan through the middle east and finally joining the Polish Army in Britain.
Michael Krupa's memoir about his imprisonment and eventual escape is an incredible testament to very worst and best forms of humanity. It is brought to life by Branko Tomovic's stupendous narration.
Wonderfully written and once started was hard to put down.
One felt that the journey from beginning to the end was a shared experience.
A must read book.
have not read the print
They are all believable
Even though English is not his first language it made the book sound and feel more real, beats some whiny AMERICAN ACCENT
took me off to another place
A gripping adventure, beautifully narrated! An incredible journey through war-time Russia , the story of capture, life in the labour camps and escape from the horrors of gulag. Highly recommended!
"Harrowing Story of Survival"
This is a nearly incredible story of a young man who during WWII was caught up in the eerily irrational cruel world of the Stalin Gulag. The story tells of the terrible treatment of prisoners, and the tender heroism of those who helped the narrator escape. It???s a one of a kind memoir.
The Narrator adopts a very slight polish accent, but it does not intrude or distract from the reading of the book.
"Amazing Story of Courage against all Odds"
I would listen to it a couple of years from now. This book reads as if it is a movie.
Suspenseful, Fast Moving, and Gripping!
Michael Krupa is a man of faith. The overall story tells of many tragic near-death situations that are true to life and really happened. Although he never refers to this, as the listener, I began to believe that Michael received help from above. There were too many circumstances with an innocent bystander coming along side Michael getting him through really tough scrapes to believe they were accidental.
I liked Michael's prayerful approach to God, Our Savior, and believe that his conditions moved his heart - Bigtime. There is no more honest prayer than from a person who is in dire and desparate circumstances……
God brought him to freedom….
Crossing the border
How much do we appreciate our freedom?
It is unbelievable how cruel and evil some people can be…….This book is a battle between
Good and Evil -
Proof that God is here if we call on him
Proof that the devil is also here and will harm us if he can.
"Native English Speaking Readers Only PLEASE"
One of my pet peeves with audible is mushy unintelligible readers....
This garbling is compounded by using a non-native speaker of english
as reader....so many utterly weird pronunciations...absolute gibberish!
Don't bother with this book
What idiot makes these stupid decisions?
"Awe inspiring true story of survival"
Rarely does a book or story truly impact ones life, leaving in its aftermath profound contemplation. I thank God, Micheal Krupa lived to share his experience. And I thank Michael Krupa for having the heart to write it all down. A great treasure in the annals of the human race.
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