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Metro 2033

Written by: Dmitry Glukhovsky
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Metro, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
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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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I played the video game first...

This story blew me away I loved every second of it so much that as soon as I finished I went and got the next 2, then replayed the game. It added so much to the world I already knew a little about.

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A lesson to be learned from this book.

Being that I can't read Russian, I have no idea how exact is the translation of Metro 2033 into English, but I can only presume this version is reminiscent of the original text... because it is exceptional. Dmitry Glukhovsky is a fantastic writer and his imaginative journey through the subway tunnels under the devastated ruin of Moscow is a disturbing and perilous lesson in the irony of the human race. Decades after nuclear bombs blasted the city's infrastructure, its atmosphere, its flora, its fauna and most of its population, survivors who struggle for a semblance of life in the underground haven't learned anything as they stubbornly cling to the political, religious and social upheaval that forced them into the darkness in the first place. Their lust for power remains, their bigotry continues, their myopic view of their own self importance keeps them literally and figuratively in the dark. Rupert Degas is a brilliant narrator who captures the essence of each character with aplomb.

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Very Enjoyable

Rupert does a great job narrating giving each character distinctive speech patterns to assist people unfamiliar with Slavic names.

I enjoyed the world and atmosphere of the story.

I would definitely recommend it.

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wonderful!!!

What does it mean to be human? this story show us the different facets of the human. both the best and worst.

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A Solid Sci-Fi Story and Good for Fans of the Game

I played the entire Metro video game series before listening to this, as many did. It's a good Sci-Fi story and definitely helps flesh out the universe a lot more for those interested in it. However, it's very long-winded and almost feels like it didn't have a strong editor. Several sections are guilty of using 10 words where 3 would do and entire sections of it blather on endlessly about subjects that are very uninteresting (I hope I never hear about The Great Worm again.) I think the stuff the games omitted were smart to have been left out.

This isn't a straight narration. The reader acts put many of the parts. Some of them he does pretty well, others are cringeworthy. Unfortunately, those are often ones that are part of the too long sections, like the ones mentioned above. I honestly think I would have just preferred a straight reading.

This was still very good overall and as a fan of the games, I look forward to the next two.

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Great! Even the second time

I really enjoy the voice actor reading the book, he had good accents and the story is wonderfully done. I really liked the different adventures and if you like post-apocalyptic fiction, give it a listen, you will love it!

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Boring

Apart from the first part of the first chapter, nothing happens. It’s men talking in past tense about things that happened in the past. Nothing interesting happens in the present. And there are literally no characters that are women. It’s a sausage fest. Totally unrealistic. This book sucks, badly.

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Very well read!

Fantastic performance. Built some really great atmosphere and added a lot to the story telling.

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Amazing narration, ok story.

This book is an excellent piece of post-apocalyptic fiction. The world is excellently described (if a little improbable) and the characters are interesting (though fleeting).

The author makes an attempt at darkly satirizing religion and systems of power but the effort seems a little ham fisted. When the story gets back to an adventure in the dark it really engages.

Excellent narration. I could listen to this narrator all day and he does and excellent job at crafting a persona for each character.

Overall a great post-apocalyptic experience.

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Here because of a videogame

Enjoyed the game based on this series so wanted to see what the story was about. Not only did i get a unique post-apocalyptic vision, but a good story on top.

The story is told well and and delivers the ambiance nicely. The light Russian accents placed the story but were probably not necessary. Didn't distirb though as it was very light.

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  • Morad
  • 2014-07-20

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
  • 2013-07-20

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
  • 2017-09-01

wonderful

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-30

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
  • 2017-07-17

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
  • 2012-10-29

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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  • Dave Yerzy
  • 2019-11-20

Terrific

It’s already a “cult classic” so nothing to add. I will say narrrator was great and accents added to the mood.

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  • Jason
  • 2019-09-26

a great book

one of the best post apocalyptic books I've ever read and I'm looking forward to reading the rest

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  • Tommy Garou
  • 2019-02-12

Beautifully bleak post-apocalyptic fantasy

I could not have been more surprised and impressed by this book; Glukhovsky’s prose is beyond eloquent and he’s created this rich lore and universe, occupied by these incredibly compelling characters, to the point where nigh each one has a moment of stealing the entire story. This is of course amplified by Degas’ masterful performance. He embody’s the mindset of these characters in a truly fulfilling way. I found myself laughing, clapping in triumph and excitement and had chills running down my spine, all through his understanding and handling of the situation, circumstances and the characters facing them.

This story is like heart of darkness mixed with fallout (understandably why they adapted them into video games). But it grants you access into the minds of an incredibly rich cast of characters with a plethora of perspectives to the point where you feel like you’ve absorbed a rather valuable/credible philosophical tome.

I couldn’t recommend this story more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-15

Hats off to Dmitry Glukhovsky and Rupert Degas.

Fantasticly written. It's extremely unerving while also being an adventure with great philosophical discussions. The setting is claustrophobic. This is the humans last desperate attempt at survival, and it is pity. You witness the greatness of humanity and how it can all fall apart as we become the prey of new creatures. Like the dinosaurs used to rule this planet once, they all died out in catastrophies and eventually dwindled out. What we witness here is how this happens to humanity as other species, more adapted to the new world, take over.

This is not even mentioning all the great characters and encounters Artyom faces in the book. Rupert Degas makes a fantastic performance taking on loads of characters that all feel unique, no small part thanks to him. I just bought the sequel which has mixed reviews so I'm excited to form my own opinion on it.

PS: This is terribly written because I'm writing this 3.20 in the morning because this book made me sit up listening all night.

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  • patrick
  • 2015-06-02

A Russian dystopia

Fantastic reader. Its great and lively voice brings us deep into this dystopia that questions the meaning of life.

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  • philippe
  • 2020-03-07

Great narrator for a great story

Rupert Degas does a fantastic job in reading a good, light-hearted but dark story. Recommended

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  • Daniel Nichola
  • 2019-04-16

A Must havel

This audio book is definitely a must have along with the book. The narrator really does a great job with both the narrative part and the dialogues!

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  • 2018-03-19

Christophe

Très bonne histoire nous interrogeant sur nôtre capacité à vire ensemble et appréhender l'autres.
superbe narration.

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  • Jacques
  • 2013-10-29

aucun

j.ai écouté a plusieurs reprises pour qui a déjà jouer a Metro 2033 très intéressant ou pour qui a lu jouer a métro 2033 sera d'autant plus passionant