I was REALLY looking forward to this book. It is a true story, and one that greatly intrigued me.
Check out this video to get an idea of what the book is about:
This book turned out to be very different from what I expected, in both good and bad ways.
On the one hand the story is much MUCH more complex than simply a tiger stalking and killing a man. I learned about the religious beliefs of the native Siberian people (and those of neighboring Asian countries), the status of animals during and after the Soviet government, poaching for survival and for profit, tiger biology and habits, and so much more. The story in incredibly and fascinatingly complex, yet unbelievably simple at the same time.
On the other hand, I was sort of expecting more of the book to be about how and why this particular tiger had a vendetta against this particular man. Although I did learn the answers to both questions, this comprised a much smaller portion of the book than I expected and I was a bit disappointed in that. I think it was more a issue of how the book had been marketed than a fault of the book itself though.
On the whole I found this book fascinating and educational, if not always completely thrilling. It wasn't one that I rushed back to whenever possible but it held my attention completely whenever I had it playing.
Oh, and the author did a great job narrating this one so that was a definitely bonus for me.