Anderson, M. T. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Brilliance Audio, 2015.
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Summary (from AudioFile)
This was a very interesting "read," and I enjoyed hearing the author read his own work. It seems to be well researched. It is a story that I don't know much about the history. It took me a long time to listen to the book because (1) it is long--10 parts and (2) I wasn't driving as much as usual, which is where I listen to books the most.
- I am thankful for listening to the Russian words. I'm not sure I'd stuck with this in print.
- I liked the music in the background. It seemed to bring Shostakovich's music truly to life.
- I loved when I heard about the librarians in Leningrad and Moscow. GO LIBRARIANS!
- My stomach often churned at the horror that Anderson describes of what was happening in Russia during the time of the book.
I ordered this book for our library. I think it's a part of the world's history that we (Americans) should learn.