He does, as usual, a fantastic job in giving each character its own voice. Nevertheless, he should have prepared the pronunciation of German and Russian names, with the way he says them they are practically unrecognisable!!!
This book is absolutely recommended for those who like history and appreciate a good story. Although some parts are in my opinion, unnecessarily long, it is, all in all, a very good book.
I'm a retired librarian with a strong interest in religion, Russian history and biography, and the two world wars. Have been known to take a side trip to mysteries with a political angle.
This is the 13th bio of Catherine the Great I have read. I just can't let her go. They all draw on the same materials, and the Massie book is one of the most scholarly of the lot. (Some of the others didn't even mention her iconic trip to the Crimea.) Massie traces her chronologically from her birth in a small German state through her rise as one of the most honored of Russia's czars. He also shapes whole chapters to elucidate one or another aspects of her reign or personality. She endeavored to reshape the government to reflect enlightenment thinking, including the emancipation of the serfs, but fell afoul of practical roadblocks such as the need to retain the loyalty of the aristocracy and put down a peasant uprising that could have taken her out. She built fabulous palaces and collected art and libraries of the major French thinkers. Her armies conquered vast areas held by the Turks. (She settled the land with thousands of German farmers, but Massie left out that detail.) All the while, she maintained a vigorous private and public life, keeping an impressive string of lovers (one of whom, Gregory Potemkin, she may have married), nurtured her successor grandsons, and led the way to new thinking about public health by getting a smallpox vaccination. I wish the narrator's voice had been a bit softer, but other than that, I thought this was one of the best. My favorite bio of her is Great Catherine by Carolly Erickson.
Top Ten. I love history and this audiobook brought to life a significant figure.
The personal and human side of the narrative.
His inflections when quoting Catherine.
A woman for all seasons.
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If you are looking for a nice long story with an excellent narrator, this is the book. I loved the narration and the attention to detail. I am a history buff, so this was right down my alley. I love any and all things connected to Catherine the Great. The narration brought the story to life without bogging you down in boring details.
My favorite Character was Catherine, of course. She was an incredible woman who had incredible patience and endurance.
Everything! He was perfect for this story and did the accents perfectly. The pronunciation of each name in Russian, French, etc was wonderful.
I cannot say if this book was good or not as I got lost early on as to who was who. I felt I needed to go on the internet and make a family tree of all the Royals in many countries before I could move on. The characters also having same names didn't help either. The narrator pulled me in right away.
Yes. Interesting information, well presented. Before reading this book I had no idea hat her impact on Russia was. Now I see that she was indeed a great leader no doubt, but also as a real, vulnerable and very human persona.
Sharply Opinionated Know-it-all. Gallows Humor. Hollywood Insider.
Before Catherine the Great by Robert Massie, my interest in Russian history was second only to that of watching a second coat of beige paint dry.
A friend told me how much he enjoyed CTG - and I grudgingly ordered the audio.
Before you could say Sputnik, I was fully engaged in Massie's masterful story. Deakins is a superb narrator.
Political thriller, Romance, History Lesson . . . CTG reigns supreme.
Great read for learning about Catherine the Great. Now I want to go to Petersberg to see her contributions to preserving art and building.
The story/history of Catherine the Great was fascinating and I liked the approach of going to the facts rather than over dramatazation. The facts alone have plenty of drama.
The first 3/4's of the book is more story through facts. The last 4th is like a summary of achievements. Both had merit.
The story of a really great woman, ahead of her time. Unfortunately, the author spent too much time on love affairs and court gossip and not enough time on affairs of state and her accomplishments.
LEARNING ABOUT HER CODE OF LAWS AND WHY IT DID NOT COME TO BE PART OF THE LAW OF THE LAND
NO, THE ACCEPTED MORAL STANDARDS WERE VERY INTERESTING---