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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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  • Mattia
  • United Kingdom
  • 31-05-13

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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  • Chris
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 09-07-12

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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Couldn't get through

The concept is very interesting, world is nicely structured and is full of interesting details. But the story is slow paced and very fragmented. The protagonist travels from one situation to another and encounters different kind of people. Writer's focus seems to be presenting different kinds of political and ideological views with as wide spectrum as possible. Than kind of makes them quite stereotypical: nazis are evil and religious people nutcases etc.

Jumping from one encounter and episode to another made the story too slack for my taste, so I stopped listening after about 2/3.

Although I might give it another chance some day.

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  • P
  • 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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Long winded and rambling

It's OK if you don't gave anything else to listen to, the story doesn't flow, I kept waiting for the story to kick in and get exciting but it never really did for me.

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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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Captivating

I was lost and bewildered as the main character in his journey. The metro is truly a microcosm of cultures.

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Adventure and uncertainties at every turn

Well written and narrated story, I was hooked from the 1st to the last word, total suspense and not over played on the mystery, with a huge unexpected twist at the end, defiantly worth the listen again and again.

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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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  • D M 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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  • David
  • 17-04-18

Amazing

Best fucking audiobook I've ever listened to. Do yourself a favor and get this book

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  • Gustavo Magalhães
  • 08-01-18

A Journey Down the Post-Apocalipse Russian Subway

I decided to listen to this book after playing the game and I can assure you, It's a completely different experience.

Even if the game tells the same story, you still need to listen to the book, it's not better, it's different. You will follow the steps of a man that never went outside his station looking for help and finding different cultures and views of the world.

This book isn't an action packed book, it's a door to a world that exist in the russian's subway lines and you will see many ways of living after the end of the world.

The narrator is realy good, it's like listening to a russian in a bonfire, his accent adds lots of depths to the story. The pace is slow but adds to the suspense and to length of the metro.

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  • ricko
  • 26-01-17

excellent

i love it from the beginning to end excellent mix of suspense and postapocaliptic storyline

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  • Shawn
  • 15-06-16

An astoundingly atmospheric audio book.

Brilliantly narrated with perfect Russian pronunciation a truly chilling listen, highly recommend for fans of the games story and atmosphere but be forewarned there are a lot fewer gunfights.