Shallow Graves in Siberia

  • by Michael Krupa
  • Narrated by Branko Tomovic
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Astounding true story - pity about the narration

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.
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- James Tobiasen

Awe Inspiring

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.
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- Jacky

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-02-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios