My 9 year old daughter loves this story. It seemed boring to me (39 year old dad) at first, but after I got to disk 2 one day while we were in the car together, I too, was hooked! Now we're listening to the sequel "The Princess and Curdie."
An exciting and factual story about little known history
No one character; as history, especially one that describes an event with virtually innumerable important people, it's hard to like just one "character". The emperor, Mehmet the Conqueror, the Genoese, the Venetians...they all, in their own way win your admiration.
The actual siege and who they held out against so many odds with so few defenders.
No extreme reaction, but it made me sad and gave me grade admiration for such heroic people.
Great story! From the inception to self-destruction of infamous Soviet Union the book unveils many tragedies from the eyes of young, naive and idealistic heroine. Sashenka takes you on a life journey through the most depressing, though captivating time of Russian history. While listening to the book reader would truly experience that miserable existence under the iron boot of the Soviet cabal. Having firsthand knowledge of the subject I will attest, it is portrayed with finest accuracy. The writer reveals this dark period in all its malice. After the novel, you will understand what Russian people have endured for almost a century and ultimately still paying for. The readers voice illustrate the general mood and fear people lived under; the feeling lingers long time after you are finished listening. My only regret is that almost all of the names and places are butchered beyond recognition, unfortunately it includes the title. So don't try to flaunt your Russian pronunciation with any native speakers after the book. But you can certainly flaunt your intellectual understanding of that era.
This is a good story, but the reading style is annoying. The narator drops almost to a whisper at the end of each sentence and makes it nearly imposssible to hear him unless the volume is turned up loud, especially while in the car.
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