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City of Thieves
City of Thieves
Author: David Benioff
Author and screenwriter Benioff follows up The 25th Hour with this hard-to-put-down novel based on his grandfather's stories about surviving WWII in Russia. — Having elected to stay in Leningrad during the siege, 17-year-old Lev Beniov is caught looting a German paratrooper's corpse. The penalty for this infraction (and many othe...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780452295292
ISBN-10: 0452295297
Publication Date: 3/31/2009
Pages: 272
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 219 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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twosey avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This book was difficult for me to read. It was very interesting and funny and tragic all at once. I opening the book and found it hard to put down but hard to go on. As a reader, I was afraid for my protagonist. By the end I was laughing and crying at the same time. Very good book for those who can handle the reality that was the Nazis.
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Helpful Score: 8
I enjoyed this tale of two young Russians during the siege of Leningrad. One part brutal, one part humorous, it is a very entertaining read about the German and Russian conflict during WWII. The language is crude but very much in keeping with the characters and narrative. You come to care about the characters and hope they are able accomplish their "special" mission. I recommend this book.
COJay avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is by far, one of the best books that I have ever read. Brilliant, original writing. If I were dropped on an island and could only take three books, this would definitely be one of those books. Highly recommended.
CathyV avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Very fascinating story about three people that are caught up in events beyond their control -- and how they show courage and innovation to survive and live despite horrors all around them. Surprisingly engaging characters. It is rough in places -- but it is about war -- so, it is to be expected.
kategorise avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Gripping from the word go. This is a sweet and sad story of two young men pushed together to Do what seems to be an impossible task during the ugly, cruel invasion of Russia by the Germans. Fast and can't put down until finished book. Terrific writing.. Sad on many levels when I finished it.
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escapeartistk avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 207 more book reviews
Highly creative and original tale with believable, relatable, entertaining characters. This story is at times disturbing, funny, thought-provoking, suspenseful...but always with an underlying compassion. 
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Excellent, transitioning smoothly between horror and humor with a ton of pathos. Highly recommend it!
buzzby avatar reviewed City of Thieves on + 6062 more book reviews
I'll never again buy a dozen eggs at the supermarket with quite the same attitude that I had before, let alone egg beaters.
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Benioff does not disappoint. Enjoyable read. Recommend.
Page5 avatar reviewed City of Thieves on
Great book! It is historical fiction about the siege of Leningrad and the author does not spare the reader any of the horrors of war the citizens of Leningrad experienced. Cursing and sex talk is rampant (just a heads up) but the story is suspenseful and the history seems to be in line with everything else I've read about the siege of Leningrad. In addition to being historical fiction, this novel is also a coming-of-age story with some humorous moments.
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I found this to be one of the best books I have read recently. It was an informative yet humorous depiction of the siege of Leningrad; well written,easily read & hard to put down. I have become eager to read more of David Benioff's writing.

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