Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men

Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men

Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men. The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers, garbage bags of money, an Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Un...

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Title:Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men
Author:Audrey Murray
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062823299
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:394 pages pages

Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men Reviews

  • Haroon
    Aug 22, 2018
    This is hands-down one of the funniest books I?ve read in a really long time, and as someone who?s been obsessed with Eastern Europe for longer, I?m so glad I decided to pick it up. How many titles make you actually laugh out loud? ...
  • Lara Seven
    Apr 06, 2019
    Perhaps the only travel narrative I've ever read that has Tajikistan (and all the other -stans) in it. A very funny and insightful book. ...
  • Beth
    Oct 21, 2018
    I enjoyed this book, especially since I have always been fascinated by all things Russian and East European. I do wish she had visited Moldova though because I actually have already read a book about it. What an adventurous woman. If I could only be half as adventurous I would die happ...
  • Anna
    Mar 25, 2019
    This was a book that I just happened to randomly buy at Barnes and Noble. I had forgotten how fun that was: not reading reviews and if other people liked the book, but just taking a chance on a book you pick up and read the back cover on. I picked this up because I used to live in ...
  • Ann OConnell
    Sep 26, 2018
    Fun easy "car book". A book you can put down or pick back up easily. ...
  • Douglas
    Mar 20, 2019
    This is an excellent book about a part of the world most of us know little about - The former Soviet Union. A contemporaneous account of her travels through all the "stans". I do feel it was a mistake to market the book as humor or comedy. ...
  • Rachel
    Mar 05, 2019
    I held off on reviewing this book because I needed some time to sit with it. It wasn't at all what I had expected when I opened to the first page, but it surprised me in a really pleasant way. After reading the blurb, I had thought it would mostly be filled with jokes and shallow trave...
  • A. S.
    Jul 31, 2018
    ?Open Mic Night in Moscow? is a chronicle of stand-up comedian?s Audrey Murray?s trip to the former Soviet republics (inspired by her Russian ex-boyfriends). Most of the book is spent on countries like Uzbekistan/Kazhakastan/Tajikistan/Turkeministan (the more Asian parts of the...
  • Kate
    Aug 07, 2018
    When was the last time a copy right page made you laugh? Never before? Same here, until I read this book and I laughed all the way through while learning all about the former Soviet Union. One of the best books I?ve read in 2018. ...
  • E.B.
    Sep 26, 2018
    Be Nobles bold. ...
  • Masha
    Mar 03, 2019
    I genuinely really liked this book. Full of adventure, love for Russia (and CIS), Russian language, Russian men (ahem). Funny, but not overly sarcastic. And of course it is great to see a woman travelling alone perspective that we don't see nearly enough in books and movies. ...
  • Cristin
    Jul 29, 2018
    This book was hard to rate because of many reasons. The first was that this author has a pretty good writing style, but I often found myself frustrated beyond belief with the content. She traveled to these places with little to no information on them (besides the fact that they are aut...
  • Sherilyn
    Apr 20, 2019
    Very entertaining travelogue. ...
  • Michelle Olms
    Apr 14, 2018
    Great book ...
  • Nancy
    Sep 24, 2018
    Twenty eight year old Audrey is an American writer and a stand-up comedian and has only dated Russian men - so sort of Russian obsessed. After her most recent breakup from Anton, she decides to take a year and travel through Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. A memoir and great ...
  • Rachel Parrott
    Aug 04, 2018
    What's it like to up and travel through the former Soviet Union? Pick up a copy of Murray's book and find out. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...
  • J.T.
    Feb 12, 2019
    A 28-year-old comedian, having done minimal planning or research and with no Russian competence, bumbles around eleven former Soviet states; rides on the backs of English-speaking locals; thinks every handsome man she encounters is available and interested, every woman who helps her wa...
  • Chase Taylor
    Oct 29, 2018
    Loved it. I came in expecting a funny book, which I got, but did not expect to learn as much as I did. The author's misadventures through the former SSRs are at times charming, painfully awkward, and illuminating. Her self-deprecating approach distinguishes her from other travel writer...
  • Alexandra Butterworth
    Jul 02, 2018
    The writing was good and the humor was alright. I actually enjoyed the author?s tone and voice but I just kept getting so irate at the whole thing. Who goes so unprepared to Eastern Europe and then expects it to all just work out?! ...
  • Enchanted Prose
    Oct 17, 2018
    Why undertake daring solo travel to the former Soviet Union republics? (in Central Asia, the Baltic states, Eastern Europe, and Russia, 2015 to 2016): Let?s say you have a twenty-eight-year-old friend whose single. She grew up in Boston, currently lives in your Brooklyn, New York nei...
  • Anna
    Oct 15, 2018
    I didn't hate this, but I didn't really find it humorous. The jokes largely fall flat. But you're able to learn more about some countries that are, shall we say, definitely off the beaten path. Too much talk about the Belarusian ex boyfriend. I do relate to some of the struggles about ...
  • JamesR
    Aug 31, 2018
    This book recounts the adventures of the author as she visits all of the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. The chapters vary from hilarious adventures to thoughtful musings on romance, yaks, bad breakups, moths, Genghis Khan, and society?s expectations of women. She visit...
  • Kelly
    Aug 29, 2018
    Expectation: Written by a comedian, so I should laugh at least a little. Reality: Not funny to me at all. Maybe others would find it funny but it just totally fell flat on me. Oh well. Expectation: Travel story of someone around my age and similar upbringing. I should be able to re...
  • Audrey Murray
    Nov 28, 2018
    I absolutely loved writing this book. (Have not yet had a chance to read it.) ...
  • Wendi Gu
    Mar 29, 2018
    If you like laughing, if you like deadpan wit, if you are curious about Russia and wonder about the land that made Putin possible, PLEASE READ THIS! Punched through with fun, this book. You won't regret picking it up. ...
  • Roxy
    Oct 31, 2018
    Anastasia is a Dream Works movie, I trust nothing. Other than that loved it 4 stars. ...
  • mimi
    Sep 23, 2018
    This book was great! I really enjoyed her writing style and it was a great traveler's journey through many (if not all) of the former states of the U.S.S.R. It made me want to visit one or two (but not ALL) ? I really liked how she talked about how things worked in the various co...
  • Tricia.Mullen.London
    Aug 11, 2018
    I LOVED this book! It made me laugh. I also learned a lot about the "stan" countries. (I have to confess that I used a map to keep track of the places.) The author REALLY knows how to tell a good story! Highly recommended. ...
  • Shirley
    Jan 08, 2019
    I'm going to say 4 stars. I may rating it higher than it really deserves but that's because I didn't expect to enjoy it. It was a random grab off the library shelf and it worked out. I learned a few things I didn't know. The narrative made me laugh and almost cry too. Also, she stayed ...
  • KelseyAC
    Apr 28, 2019
    I?m very grateful that Audrey shows by example that you can still be a procrastinating, untrusting, hangry human being and still successfully manage a multi-month trip through places where you neither know anyone nor speak the language. Audrey is real throughout this book- any le...