City of Thieves by David Benioff audiobook

City of Thieves: A Novel

By David Benioff
Read by Ron Perlman

Blackstone Publishing
8.48 Hours Unabridged
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A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won’t talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself “built for deprivation.” He’s small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and is dragged to jail, fearing for his life. His cellmate is the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. Their unusual odyssey creates an unlikely bond between the earnest teenager and the endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is a wise and funny coming-of-age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice of Noteworthy Books

Winner of the YALSA Alex Award

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won’t talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds.

Lev Beniov considers himself “built for deprivation.” He’s small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and is dragged to jail, fearing for his life. His cellmate is the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. Their unusual odyssey creates an unlikely bond between the earnest teenager and the endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is a wise and funny coming-of-age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If Thieves were a movie, it would start out like Schindler’s List and end up like Raiders of the Lost Ark.” People
“Splendid…Benioff has produced a funny, sad, and thrilling novel. Grade A-.” Entertainment Weekly
“This spellbinding story perfectly blends tragedy and comedy.” USA Today
“Mesmerizing…The story contains moments that are surprisingly human, loving, and beautiful, after Lev and an unlikely companion, an utterly charming and overconfident young Cossack named Kolya, set out on an impossible journey.” New York Times Book Review
“Benioff blends humor and horror expertly.” San Francisco Chronicle
“This all feels psychologically satisfying and historically authentic even as the harrowing events of the starving city and in those dark woods take on mythical proportion.”   NPR
“Hard-to-put-down…Benioff blends tense adventure, a bittersweet coming-of-age and an oddly touching buddy narrative to craft a smart crowd-pleaser.” Publishers Weekly
“Benioff’s glorious second novel is a wild action-packed quest, and much else besides…This gut-churning thriller will sweep you along and, with any luck, propel Benioff into bestseller land.”  Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: David Benioff

Author Bio: David Benioff

David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. His first novel, The 25th Hour,  was adapted into a popular feature film. His short story collection, When the Nines Roll Over, received critical acclaim. He lives in Los Angeles and New York.

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Available Formats : MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 8.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English