This book has provided me a better insight into the culture that is Russia. The history of these people, as related to Peter, gives you specifics of the customs, and perspectives of these people. After seeing their perceptions, I now understand why they see us the way they do. Outstanding book.
This is a really good book! Very informative and entertaining. I felt I had a much better understanding of Russian history and it served as a good foundation for other Russian history books.
This history of Peter the Great reminded me of the way Robert A. Caro writes his Lyndon Johnson biography. It contains all the significant and fascinating historical documentation but rather than the common run of dry and desiccated marshaling of "facts" as is the misfortune of most of this type of genre, this one is a narrative gem. I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing the conversations and the interactions, the personal struggles and triumphs of the subject for whom I've never had much interest. I finished the book feeling like I glimpsed Peter the Great as a person rather than a historical figure and I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Also while Frederick Davidson's urbane British accent might not be for everyone, I personally find him a superb narrator. His pacing is excellent, he doesn't sound like he is gathering saliva in his mouth ( something I can't stand) and pronunciation of all foreign names and terms is IMPECCABLE, something that cannot be said of most other narrators.
I found this biography of peter great to be one of the best I have ever heard. My knowledge of this era was very sketchy but this book filled in a lot of historical gaps. I really enjoyed Fredrickson's narration I have also heard him narrate Ivanhoe and several other works this is well worth the time and money
Excellent depiction of one of Europe's most fascinating leaders. A sense of the enormity of Peter's achievements comes across - engaging, intriguing, enthralling. Essential to understand these forerunners of the current autocrats of Russia to see why the Russian people seem to prefer this approach to government.
I thought the narrator - despite our American friends protestations- was perfect for this role - of the times adding a scholarly tone to proceedings- highly recommended - if only there were more on ancient Russia on audible!
This is my second book about Peter the Great. I absolutely love this book. The author not only tells you about the life of Peter the Great in great detail but he also goes into all the various surrounding challenges and activities that Peter dealt with in detail. It's very similar in its depth to a historian like David McCullough. I couldn't wait to get back to this book every time I had the pause it. Peter the Great truly was one of history's greatest character is bringing Russia from the depths of fur wearing barbarity to the modern European sensibilities of the 18th century. Especially enjoyed all of the detail about Peters battles with Charles the 12th. I knew very little bit about Sweden at the time and it was very enjoyable to hear about this period. If you decide to read or listen to this book you will get sucked in and you will start telling your friends and family members stories about Peter the Great the whole time you're in the middle of it!
Yes, because I can listen while working at my desk.
I was surprised that he beheaded so many traitors. I never knew about that.
Interested in learning about Peter the Great? This is a thoroughly researched, exhaustive biography covering Peter's life from birth up to the fall of Nicholas II. Essential for understanding Russia's emergence on the World stage.
I have been ambivalent ever since I heard his first narration. His diction in this book is rather poor with him swallowing the end of almost every sentence.
I'm finding it a rather tough go.