Us Conductors

CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: BN12180
Released: Jul 19, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781543642810
Narrator/s: Steve Coulter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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"Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of love, electricity, and the invention of the world's strangest musical instrument, the theremin. He recollects his early years as a scientist, forging breakthroughs in Saint Petersburg, and the pivotal decade he lived as a Manhattan celebrity and reluctant Soviet spy. Against a backdrop of Prohibition and the 1929 Crash, Lev spends his days in a workshop, building mechanical marvels, and his nights in Harlem clubs, jostling with famous bandleaders and falling head over heels for Clara, a beautiful young violinist. But when Lev's ship finally reaches his homeland, he finds this is not the Russia he remembers. Anchorless and lonely, torn away from his inventions, Lev is swallowed into Stalin's Gulag system-confronting vicious thugs, Siberian winter, and the machinations of a secret military laboratory. Amid horrors and peril, Lev's feelings for Clara are a thin constant, passing through the ether like the theremin's song. Although based on the true events of Lev Termen's life, Us Conductors is mostly a magical invention. Full of ingenuity, wonder, and looping heartbreak, this sublime debut explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to survive. "

Author(s): Sean Michaels

Professional reviews

"In these days of digital music and its compact devices, it's easy to forget the exciting origins of sound recording and the startling impact the theremin had on the music world. Steve Coulter narrates this fictional account of the instrument's past with a benign and jovial tone, maintaining a consistent voice throughout. This consistency keeps the audiobook on a very level plane--which is ironic, considering the novelty of a theremin's sound--and this plane can be monotonous in audio form. Because of this and the inconsistent narrative drive of the plot, the listener's mind may wander from time to time. This production is best for those interested in this specific topic. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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