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  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "Narration almost ruins a good book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love historical fiction and the content of the story transported me. It doesn't warrant five stars in my mind but is worth a read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance of this book nearly ruined it for me. I could hardly listen to it but I'm too cheap to buy the book after using a credit for the Audible version. The narrator has accented English - I have to believe That is purposeful -- but her pronunciation is frequently WRONG and her cadence stilted. At times I wondered if she was reading the sentences for the very first time.


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