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It is a mysterious city whose sun is switched on in the morning and switched off at night, bordered by an abyss on one side and an impossibly high wall on the other. Its inhabitants are people who were plucked from 20th-century history at various times and places and left to govern themselves, advised by Mentors whose purpose seems inscrutable.

This is life in the Experiment. Andrei Voronin, a young astronomer plucked from Leningrad in the 1950s, is a die-hard believer in the Experiment, even though his first job in the city is as a garbage collector. As increasingly nightmarish scenarios begin to affect the city, he rises through the political hierarchy, with devastating effect.

©2017 Arkady Strugatsky (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • 28-12-2020

A masterpiece!

Excellently constructed and developed. I enjoyed every bit of it - both the events and the philosophical discourses and dialogues. The Experiment, in a veiled way - of the Soviet communism - is put here into question through the described events, as well as in the lives of the particular characters, esp. the central one.

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  • Penny Nom
  • 22-08-2021

story seems good, reader is hard work.

I couldn't get into the story due to the readers many awful bizarre accents

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