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Summary

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory.

Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth, living in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters, or the need to repulse enemy incursion.

VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line, one of the Metro's best stations and secure. But a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro to alert everyone to the danger and to get help. He holds the future of his station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.

©2007 Dmitry Glukhovsky (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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Thrilling and Engaging

Metro 2033 really is like nothing I've ever read/heard before, and the plot never follows your expectations. There are multitude of characters, and no matter how briefly they appear, you get the sense that they are beings in their own rights, who have full lives that happen to momentarily interconnect with Artyom's, as opposed to being literary devices to serve the plot's goals - something I have rarely come across. I've never had such a curiousity towards so many characters, and when you leave one behind, you are torn between excitement for the plot advancement and a sort of "wait, I want to learn more about this guy!".



The is a lot of backstory and explanatory asides in Metro 2033, particularly in the early chapters, however it never feels dull or slow, and it does really help to set the scene. I loved hearing about the different politics and religions that are found at each station, as you could really feel the amount of thought and skill that has been put in to making each station as unique as each character.



Rupert Degas should be praised for being an absolute joy to listen to. Having absolutely no familiarity with Russian, and seeing things like "VDNKh" in the blurb, I was worried that I would get lost in all the names and places, but Rupert is clear and enunciate. Furthermore he makes each character's voice distinct, so that you can easily tell who is speaking, without having to rely on "said ...." markers.



My only tiny gripe is that it was not very scary, as I was expecting - however this might be that the friend who recommended it to me over-hyped this aspect in an effort to get me to read/listen to his favourite book.



On the whole - an engaging and fascinating book full of rich detail that is incredibly well read. I highly recommend.

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Absolutely Outstanding

What a great book this is,

It'll give you chills and you'll dream about the heart pounding terrifying moments. Not a moment of rest from the amazing story always pacing ahead with the steady feeling of growth of the main character and with absolut absence of repetition. Not two scenes are alike and every scene is unique in its originality, you'll never get bored and will always want to get to the next chapter because you know that something amazing will happen, but at the same time you'll regret getting to the end of the chapter you're at because it is so very entertaining. Some scenes will freeze the blood in your veins.
The narrator is just perfect as well.

Get this a-book, you'll thank me later.

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A riot of imagination!

I had already read the book when I decided to pick up the audiobook. I'm relatively new to the audiobook world and decided that a story I was already familiar with was a good idea so that I could listen to it while doing work. I made the right decision. It was like hearing a story I loved in a completely different way all over again. I have listened to Librivox audiobooks before mainly so the idea of casts of characters and, particularly in this case, proper pronunciations and accents blew me away.

Cannot recommend both the book and this recording of it enough. Buy it for the story, stay for the reading quality.

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This far outweighs the game

amazing storytelling to follow an excellent story. The game does no Justice compared to this

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Boring and slow!

Got through 3/4 of this but had to give up. Set in a really interesting world but none of this is explored in any detail. The book is an endless string of people traveling a short distance then telling stories around a camp fire. Apparently the sequel to this is slower still, I find that hard to believe as this book is the slowest I have ever come across. I just do not understand why it was so popular. Narrator was good though.

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  • 17-05-17

slow starter

I loved this, but nearly didn't get past the half way mark, very slow starter

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Good, post apocalyptic fun - Russian style

And by that I mean it goes weird and bleak! Well written, good characters, some of which I wish had lingered longer. I left the novel with a claustrophobic feeling of tunnels burried deep.

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Great narration but...

I didn't get the story. I'm not sure if it's just me but it seemed to be a jumble of events clumsily coming together and by 9hrs in I was lost. The narration by Rupert Degas is as fantastic as ever. He is by far and away my favourite narrator and his Russian accents are brilliant.

In short, great performance but poor story. I returned it!

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No

No more, my brain is itching with faux Eastern European scratchy voices, I made it an hour then I marked it as finished and downed some pure Vodka

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Slowest, most boring title I have listened to

When I first picked up Metro 2033, this was not the review I expected to write. But, with the book firmly in my rear-view mirror all I can say is that I am amazed I did not give up. The only reason I persisted through so much boredom was because I swore to myself I would not DNF another book. Apparently I enjoy being tortured.

I can only assume that Metro 2033 lost some of its lustre in translation, as I find it hard to believe any publisher would have woken up one morning and trawled through their list of agents asking if they have ‘the most boring, stop-start, not really telling a story’ kind of novel. Oh, and I highly doubt they’d add on ‘by the way, the main character has to be one of the most stupid humans known to man’.

But yea, this one was slooooooooooow. Slow to the point where I just didn’t care anymore. I enjoyed this so little, that it actually made me fall out of love with reading for a while, as I associated boredom with the hobby I love most.
Artyom was, for me, one of the least inspiring main characters I have ever read. What’s more frustrating, when he says something stupid, those around him act like he’s just added to the conversation in a thought-provoking way. For instance; when he’s accused of being with a certain group of people he replies with ‘oh no, I hate them. I was just curious why you hate them is all.’ And all of a sudden, those who distrust him and have accused him of being with those they hate suddenly like him. It’s either lazy story-telling or lazy translating, and it’s gotten to the point where I genuinely don’t care which.

A lot of the plot points just feel shoe-horned in, as well. I mean at one point he just happens to find a very particular house by stumbling into it. Kind of felt at times like the author wrote himself into corners and just had the character walk through the walls of those corners to carry on the plot.

It also doesn’t feel like it ever really goes anywhere. It honestly feels like a small group of people walking from station to station, stopping and telling ghost stories about things they have never experienced, yet swear to be true, around a camp fire.

To be honest; the only good thing that springs to mind for me is that Rupert Degas, as is always the case, does an absolutely brilliant job at narrating. He really brings the blandness that is Metro 2033 to life and, at times, tricks me into thinking there’s something interesting going on.

This is one of those that’s classed as a ‘cult classic’ which essentially means there is no middle ground. You’re either going to really like it or hate it. I, if you haven’t guessed yet, fell into the latter category. I almost made the mistake of buying the two follow-on books so I could power through the whole trilogy. So glad I chose not to.

I know my entire review has had next to nothing nice to say about the book or its ridiculous main character, but I’d still say try it. My friend tried it around the same time I did and he feels it’s one of the best things he’s got through in a while. So I suppose it’s worth giving it a go just to see which side of the fence you fall.

All I can say is that I shall never try the sequels and will not be in a hurry to pick up the game that was based off these books.

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  • Morad
  • 20-07-14

Read it while playing the game!

I started playing the game before reading this book, and finished them both together, there are almost no spoilers shared between the video game and the book, on the contrary, they compliment each other better than any other book+movie or book+video-game I have seen so far.

I recommend you do them both together, don't start one after you finish the other, trust me it will make the experiences on both mediums much more amazing than any one would have been on its own..

I myself play a lot of games but if you don't, I think you might even enjoy it more, you can find the game cheap on online digital stores.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-13

A soulsearching adventure with horror

If you could sum up Metro 2033 in three words, what would they be?

Psychological horror adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character development during the story makes him very interresting. It also makes you question yourself during the story if you would share his views or not as the story progresses.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the main character is returing to his home station and he start asking himself about everything that has happen to him and he survived and others did not.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A story that will make you question your own place in the world and what is truly valuable and what is not.

Any additional comments?

The book itself is a bit hard to read on its own. Mainly because it was translated in a very google-like way. With the audiobook, however, it becomes much easier to follow the story all the way to the end. I recommend when you buy the book to buy this audiobook as well. I will guarantee that you will not be dissapointed when you do that.

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  • Riyaz
  • 01-09-17

wonderful

what a wonderful book and rendition, great production value and narration, throughly enjoyed every bit of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-17

Good yet some boring parts

It complements the game very well, but it has some boring parts. Overall, great story

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  • Diane Reynolds
  • 17-07-17

Loved the book, Leary of the series.

If you could sum up Metro 2033 in three words, what would they be?

Ethics, pathos, plot.
It is a great character-based first person book.
It really drags you into the dystopian future of the main character.
This book left me wanting more. It was a "page turner" that I listened to as much as possible. The end was ... well, both a surprise and a plot twist, and in that sense, very satisfying.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Metro 2033?

The end. It is just awesome.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I won't likely listen to the rest of the series, I've heard negative things, and apparently, its not the same main character. Which I understand, but still, I don't know that the universe would hold up for me without the main character. It is really a character study more than anything else.

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  • Mark
  • 29-10-12

Excellent in every aspect!

Where does Metro 2033 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably THE best audiobook i have heard and my guess is it will stay the best for a long time.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rupert Degas is an excellent narrator but this is one of his best performances.

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

The book gave me chills several times over and the ending forced a few tears to my eye.

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  • Cagt
  • 06-08-21

good book, not amazing but good

The story's end is predictable. Since the start what was going to happen. however, a book is a journey to appreciate. I think that the story was good and well written. I might be biased as I haven't read many storybooks in English. I mostly read technical books. So, take my review with a pinch of salt. overall, it was a good experience that I want to continue. I will start reading the other books too.

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  • Tristan
  • 09-06-21

great book, great narrator, meh music

it was excellent, though the music that plays between chapters I could do without, it's a little jarring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-20

Simply incredible.

The game doesn't even hold a candle to the book. I loved every second and the performance was also wonderful. Rupert Degas was a joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-20

Metro 2033

Started listening to this book because I played the games and loved it, this book is even better. Every story within the metro are have different explanations, and truths to it.