Metro 2033 : Metro

  • by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • Series: Metro
  • 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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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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- Katherine


First off, download a map of the moscow metro in English and have a look at some photographs of the Metro Stations. This is the only way to get an understanding of how vast the Moscow metro is and a feel for what the stations are like. However without being able to see the writtten names of the stations that our protagonist passes through, it is very difficult to follow his quest on the map, due to the Russian pronunciation. It took me ages of pause & rewind to figure out which was his home station. Something sounding like Veedee En Kah turned out to be the station called VDNKH and so it went with many of the station names.

The premise of this book is fascinating and I really wanted to like it. A nuclear war has wiped out humanity and the survivors of Moscow have fled undergournd to the tunnels of the metro system, where they have adapted to a lightless world. Above ground, strange mutations have occured due to the nuclear devastation and in some areas of the metro these frightening creatures are getting through, threatening life in the tunnel systems. A young hero is then drawn into a quest through the tunnels in order to save the last of humanity. Unfortunately this turns out to be a surprisingly monotonous listen.Though through no fault of Rupert Degas, who does a stellar job narrating. The writing style is just incredibly repetitive. Enter a new tunnel, strange things happen, arrive at a station, meet some inhabitants, long, drawn out converstions that rarely add to the plot, move on to the next tunnel and more of the same .A very linear story, with very surprisingly little action and one dimensional characters. Xbox 101. This is one of the rare occasions, where the PC game is actually better than the novel it is based upon and If I hadn't read about the "twist" at the end, I doubt I would have stuck it out. However, the ending is brilliant and throws the novel into a whole new light. It left me with such a feeling of Russian melancholy, I needed a vodka.
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- PatM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-05-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited