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Snowdrops [Audio CD]

A. D. Miller , Kevin Howarth
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March 1 2011
This is a riveting psychological drama that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a thirty-something Englishman's moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia: a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical dachas and debauched nightclubs: a place where secrets - and corpses - come to light only when the deep snows start to thaw...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

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SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker prize

SHORTLISTED for the 2011 CWA Gold Dagger, for best crime novel of the year

SHORTLISTED for the Galaxy National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year Best Books of 2011, Top 100 Editor's Picks Best Books of 2011, Mysteries & Thrillers

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"Moscow's vivid atmosphere... is heightened by the narrator's Russian-accented dialogue... I loved it." The Observer (audiobook review) "A tremendously assured, cool, complex, slow-burn of a novel and a bleak and superbly atmospheric portrait of modern Russia." William Boyd"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Snowdrops are the homeless in Moscow who die on the streets and are found lying in the snow in the winter. Mr. Miller’s story is the story of one of these snowdrops. Nick Platt is an expat lawyer who trades his dead-end life for the novelty, corruption and big bucks that can be made in Russia. Lonely and unattractive, Nick is the perfect target for the con that is to be played on an elderly woman whose large apartment in central Moscow becomes a target for those knowing the fortune that can be earned upon its acquisition. “Snowdrops” is a story about Moscow, Russia and the corruption and the personal tragedies that result. This is a book that needs to be read by those who have an interest in the new Russia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snowdrops Jan. 6 2012
By Pithy
An excellent book, entertaining & thought provoking, however, unmatched by the plot. A complete steady plot brought successfully to the punchline title but overall, muted. Hopefully he finds a plot equal to his writing in his next book. The Russian setting becomes a living thing. Written with an authentic, acerbic, negative feel that brings life somehow, not in a tired contrarian sense. A fine writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remind me to avoid Moscow March 17 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this very much although I agree that the characters feel a little like 2D stereotypes. That said, there is little question that Moscow is the real character here. If I were the Russian tourist board, I'd be pretty unhappy. The descriptions of the people and places are fascinating but have put me off visiting entirely! Four stars for the easy read and credible descent of the willing protagonist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The less you know... Oct. 17 2011
By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Moscow at the turn of this century could be a dangerous place: almost anything could be bought or extracted for a price, and many people were, for one reason or another, in on some deal or scheme to get ahead in the business of money, comfort or influence. Life was also fragile, people disappeared without a trace, only to turn up as "snowdrops" during the spring thaw. With his debut novel, SNOWDROPS, AD Miller delves into the unfettered, yet also manipulated, period of early capitalism in Russia that followed the collapse of the Soviet regime. Part crime, part love story, Miller's fast-paced, fluidly written and engaging novel combines these elements within a chilling psychological portrait of an expatriate corporate lawyer, who has been living comfortably in "wild Moscow". Miller's book is on the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize.

These are the Russian "gold-rush days", and Nick, Nicolai Ivanovich to the locals, a British lawyer, is caught up in financial and other dealings in more ways than one. Despite slowly realizing that all may not be as it appears with his new girlfriend, Masha, her sister Katya and Tatiana Vladimirovna, their aunt, and warnings from his cynical journalist friend, Steven Walsh, he cannot extricate himself from their influence. Rather, Nick prefers to adopt the popular advice of the day "the less you know, the longer you live".

In his business dealings Nick is as gullible, going with the flow: "Money in Moscow had its own particular habits", he muses by way of explanation and justification for his actions. "Money knew that someone in the Kremlin might decide to take it back at any moment..." Nick writes his story with hindsight, confessing "all, as honestly as I can", to his soon to be wife (he hopes).
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