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The Winter Queen Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Jan 2005

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books (Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753120496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753120491
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,847,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A galloping story of murder, suicide, deception, and disguise.
Entertainment Weekly

As international as caviar and vodka! A crafty tale full of atmosphere, character, and action.
Anne Perry
Marries old-fashioned manners to a nonstop array of plot twists to rival the best detective tales . . . The Winter Queen is an energetic hands-down winner.
People
There are secret panels, hidden tunnels, a false mustache, intercepted letters, gunfights, and a glamorous female villain. . . . Akunin knows how to build suspense.
The Boston Globe
A wondrous strange and appealing novel . . . Elaborate, intricate, profoundly czarist, and Russian to its bones, as though Tolstoy had sat down to write a murder mystery. Not quite like anything you ve ever read before.
Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent"

"A galloping story of murder, suicide, deception, and disguise."
-Entertainment Weekly

"As international as caviar and vodka! A crafty tale full of atmosphere, character, and action."
-Anne Perry
"Marries old-fashioned manners to a nonstop array of plot twists to rival the best detective tales . . . The Winter Queen is an energetic hands-down winner."
-People
"There are secret panels, hidden tunnels, a false mustache, intercepted letters, gunfights, and a glamorous female villain. . . . Akunin knows how to build suspense."
-The Boston Globe
"A wondrous strange and appealing novel . . . Elaborate, intricate, profoundly czarist, and Russian to its bones, as though Tolstoy had sat down to write a murder mystery. Not quite like anything you've ever read before."
-Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent

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'An absolute delight. Think Tolstoy writing James Bond with the logical rigour of Sherlock Holmes. A hoot' Guardian. Abridged edition.

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I was extremely pleased to discover the work of Georgian author Boris Akunin, since I have always been a fan of Russian literature and getting to experience a novel dealing with mystery / espionage from that origin was a real treat. If I had to define the writing style of Akunin, I would say that he creates characters that show the characteristic inner turmoil present in the work of several Russian authors, like Dostoyevsky, and uses storylines that can be mirrored with a mixture of John LeCarre and Arthur Conan Doyle.
This is the first installment of a series of eleven books (up to this date) featuring the Moscow detective Erast Fandorin, and was originally published under the title "Azazel". Our hero lives in the nineteenth century, and has been unlucky in life, since his family's fortune was lost quickly and completely, leaving him in a precarious condition and working as a catalyst for his decision of joining the police force. He is getting to know the ropes around the department when he is assigned to the case of a man that committed suicide in a park. It is supposed to be an open and shut case, but Fandorin's zeal and eagerness for knowing more about the poor individual leads him to discover a complicated web of lies and deceit, which at its center holds and international conspiracy.
I enjoyed how the author describes the thoughts of our main character, since this gives the story a depth that goes beyond the mystery at hand, and creates a bond with the reader that keeps us interested in the series. Besides Fandorin, there is an eclectic set of characters that provide the story with interesting dialogues and variety of personalities.
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I was extremely pleased to discover the work of Georgian author Boris Akunin, since I have always been a fan of Russian literature and getting to experience a novel dealing with mystery / espionage from that origin was a real treat. If I had to define the writing style of Akunin, I would say that he creates characters that show the characteristic inner turmoil present in the work of several Russian authors, like Dostoyevsky, and uses storylines that can be mirrored with a mixture of John LeCarre and Arthur Conan Doyle.
This is the first installment of a series of eleven books (up to this date) featuring the Moscow detective Erast Fandorin, and was originally published under the title "Azazel". Our hero lives in the nineteenth century, and has been unlucky in life, since his family's fortune was lost quickly and completely, leaving him in a precarious condition and working as a catalyst for his decision of joining the police force. He is getting to know the ropes around the department when he is assigned to the case of a man that committed suicide in a park. It is supposed to be an open and shut case, but Fandorin's zeal and eagerness for knowing more about the poor individual leads him to discover a complicated web of lies and deceit, which at its center holds and international conspiracy.
I enjoyed how the author describes the thoughts of our main character, since this gives the story a depth that goes beyond the mystery at hand, and creates a bond with the reader that keeps us interested in the series. Besides Fandorin, there is an eclectic set of characters that provide the story with interesting dialogues and variety of personalities.
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Although the Erast Fandorin books have been popular in Russia for a while it is only now that they are being translated into english, and for those of us who are unable to read Russian (myself included) it's about time. This book is a stupendous debut and a riveting adventure from start to finish, fairly flying along as it flits from country to country. The most obvious reference for this brand of fiction - spies and conspiracies right around the world - is James Bond, but Erast is a more personable and ultimately a more effective hero. Turn of the (last) century Russia is vividly realised, the authenticity fairly oozing off the page but never getting in the way of the sheer fun of it all. The only downside to the whole thing is that we've got to wait such a long while yet for the next book in the series.
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Boris Akunin is the pen name of Georgian writer, Grigory Chkhartishvili - a translator of Japanese, Akunin means 'bad guy' in that language and plays on the name of the 19th century Russian revolutionary, Bakunin.
Akunin is one of the leading lights in a new wave of writers emerging from the former Soviet Union. Crime fiction had been proscribed under the Communists - it was bourgeois and crime was not supposed to be happening. With the collapse of the regime, however, it quickly became the most popular form of literature, with pulp presses churning out a supply to meet the demand.
Hence the rapidity with which "Winter Queen" was produced. Published as "Azazel" in Russia in 1998, "The Winter Queen" represents the first of a dozen and more titles by Akunin featuring his indestructible hero, Erast Fandorin. Written in just six weeks, it became a major best-seller in Russia and rapidly attracted Western attention - film rights have been sold.
Not that it, in any way, appears hurried, sloppy, or amateurish in construction. Akunin's hero is a young man, newly enlisted in the police force of the 1870's. This is a world with no forensic science, a rigid social structure and rigid proprieties, and police investigation techniques which respect the intuition of the intelligent amateur or newcomer. Fandorin is inexperienced, naive, downwardly mobile (the family fortune having evaporated), but cultured, intelligent, diligent, and desperately enthusiastic. He doesn't so much want to impress as want to succeed ... by a process of blind self-confidence and a youthful self-delusion that he is acting logically and scientifically.
Fandorin is invited to investigate the suicide of a rich student. The young man has blown his brains out in public. How can this be suicide?
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