The Metro books have put Dmitry Glukhovsky in the vanguard of Russian speculative fiction alongside the creator of Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko. A year after the events of Metro 2033, the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro. Featuring blistering action, vivid and tough characters, claustrophobic tension and dark satire, the Metro books have become bestsellers across Europe.
©2009 Dmitry Glukhovsky; English translation 2013 Andrew Bromfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"An average follow up to the splendid 2033"
I really loved 2033 and had high expectations on this sequel, but unfortunately it failed to deliver. Even though pretty well narrated by Rupert Degas the story never caught on with me. Glukhovsky didn't manage to recreate the intense and dark feeling that made the first book so special.
It was a bit different campared to the first book but the Metro feel is still there and I an glad to hear that its the same narrator as in the first book
"A riveting tale far from the liking of the game."
At first I glanced over the book thinking of the videogame but once I started listening I realized the book took on a while new approach well after the time period of the first book. Cascading the reader into a deep erotic view of life in a post apocalyptic life underground. This book leaves warmth in my imagination like no other.
"Nothing to do with first book or games."
It was hard to follow right out of the gate. I had to give this one a second listen. It has nothing to do with the first book or either of the video games. You are very deep into the story before they bring up the main character from the first book and his inclusion will make you wish they left him out of this story. This book is about Hunter, a young girl, an old man and a mysterious virus. It is a good story, set in the same dark and scarey METRO system of Moscow. The author didnt tie the two books together enough for me I guess. He does have the protagonists big reveal tie into the dark ones but waites almost untill the end of the book to do it. I guess if you really want to learn more about the dark ones and what became of them, you'll just have to play the video games. Still, this book is definately worth a listen, just dont go into it expecting to learn anything more about the events and characters of the first book than you already know.
"Like a Sophomore Album"
This addition to Metro 2033 is about as fulfilling as Michael Crichton's The Lost World was to his Jurassic Park. It was extremely anticlimactic. I kept holding on, hoping that there would be some explosive discovery or some surprising connection to the original story's characters. That never happened. I'd be hard pressed to even summarize the story to a friend because so little happened. The narrator did an amazing job, again. Sadly, he didn't have much of a story to tell. This part of the series has made me know not to pre-order the third addition to the series.
"even better than the first!"
Degas is likely one of the greatest narrators of our time. These stories aren't exactly high art, but his incredible talent lends them something truly special. That being said, they are fabulously enjoyable ghost-tales. This book was even more intriguing than the first. If you are longing for a great distraction, this series is it.
"hard to keep up with all the stories"
The multiple perspectives in the book makes it harder to understand. also this book does not continue from the first one
"The threat is something much worse"
METRO 2034 begins not long after the end of METRO 2033. The main characters are the “Hunter” from the first book, a man called Homer who believes it is his vocation to write a history and chronicle of the Metro, and a teenage girl named Sasha who has been recently orphaned. Sasha’s father used to be one of the dictator’s of a Metro city-state until he and the girl were banished to an area that had little to no hope of survival. They did survive. Her father managed to live long enough for her to mature and learn to defend herself before his death. Hunter, Homer and Sasha come together in a collision of missions, Sasha’s to survive, Hunter and Homer to find out what happened to a station that no longer broadcasts or sends runners with news. Artyom does not have a large part in this story. He does not make an appearance until Chapter 10. Yet everything that is happening is a consequence of his actions in METRO 2033. The threat this time is not the Dark Ones. It is something much worse and something almost impossible to stop. As with the first book, the characters are fantastic and I grew to care about them. The action is non-stop.
The audiobooks of METRO 2033 and METRO 2034 are narrated by Rupert Degas. He is fantastic. His accent for the Russian speakers if marvelous. When simply narrating, not the dialogue, he has a very clear voice with an English accent. His female voices are very well done. I have since added several of his titles to my wish list.
"A worthy sequel"
This book focuses more on Hunter, a minor character from Metro 2033. Hunter is a brutally effective, but troubled warrior. Along with a old storyteller nicknamed Homer, he sets out to put a stop to a dangerous situation threatening the whole of the metro. Along the way they meet a full cast of colorful and memorable characters, as well as a few familiar faces.
The narration is just as excellent in this book as it was in Metro 2033. Rupert Degas has a surprising range of different voices, and effortlessly makes every character sound distinctly different.
The story shares a lot of similarities with Metro 2033, including long introspections of a philosophical nature. It also does a great job at fleshing out the different factions that was not a big part of Metro 2033. This is greatly appreciated since the setting itself is, in my opinion, the best part of the books.
The story does tend to drag a little though, and is not as fantastical as it was in the first novel. A little disappointing perhaps, but still worth your time.
Recommended for fans of Metro 2033
In the beginning I was kind of confused but it all came together and was a good book! I want to get the next on and hope it comes to audible soon. I want metro 2035 in English
"A stunning sequel to metro 2033"
If you enjoyed the first book of the series then you will certainly like this one.
The same style of story telling that brings the world alive in 2033 gives you genuine sympathy, hatred and love for all the characters involved you feel like you are living in the world and that this is a story being relayed to you like it were true.
I eagerly wait for the third book.
Metro 2033 was pretty good. This is nothing like it, except of a few good paragraphs. There's no coherent plot, no stand out characters, nothing. It's basically a few people walking the tunnels for no real reason with a few things happening for no reason. I was extremely disappointed.
"No where near as good as 2033"
Story never really felt like it got going and seemed to want to do too much.
"one of the best audio book I've ever listened to."
This is one of those books,you will regret nvr listening to,and shouldn't be a good read.It's set in the subway,where survivors have fled,the surface is now a wasteland populated by horrors and dangers that only the brave dare engage,why and how this happened,and the disappearances of heavily armed groups who simply put ther weapons down a die,or are ripped apart,mankind is no longer master of his environment.How the author has managed to write about something that isnt the most interesting of subjects,the subway,has been turned into a must read,listen.
"An excellent sequel to the original"
Yes, If you enjoyed the original you'll probably like this too.
This is a dreamier more descriptive book than the original, still an excellent read.
A great book, not as good as 2033 but still a brilliant book. Excellent writing and story. definitely worth a read
Loved Metro 2033 but didn't think this one would be as good, sequels rarely are. I was very pleasantly surprised, a fantastic story.
Sorry not my type of book I could not get my head round the story
He was very good
Could not finish the book
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