A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

  • by Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by Siân Thomas
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sister’s campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget...


What the Critics Say

"A charming comedy of eros... A ride that, despite the bumps and curves in the road, never feels anything less than jaunty." (Los Angeles Times)
"Lewycka is a writer with a fundamentally optimistic vision of the future and a healthy curiosity about the past." (Chicago Tribune)
"Charming, poignantly funny." (The Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent, charming and very engaging throughout

Another fantastic performance by Sian Thomass, her skill adds immeasurably to this story.
I love the way Lewycka writes. The writing is detailed, funny and warm.
The idiosyncrasies of her characters will make you laugh and reflect in equal measures. If you like Alan Bennett and Mike Leigh, then this is for you
I couldn't wait for this title to be added to audible.
This is audio book at its best. The way sian Thomass uses accent is amazing.
I can't praise her enough.
I spotted some rather negative reviews, about this book and I I wondered if they had read the same book???
I didn't want it to end; when is the next available!
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- Neil Bottle

great writing, excellently performed,

I specially enjoyed the narrating. It was a joy to listen to. So many different voices and accents!!
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- Maria Rowe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios