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Celina Nichols

Louisville, Kentucky United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

    Matt says: "Compelling and Devestating"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book with reservations. It does a very god job of explaining things that I saw and heard while I lived in Russia. Jokes finally made sense! On the other hand, as a librarian and a scholar, I had major problems with this work. It lacked objectivity and several facts have since been proven to be false.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    The narrator mispronounced a lot of words. I found it very difficult to stay in the "story" because I frequently missed pieces while I mentally translated the words into Russian.


    Did The Great Terror inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspired me to look for the primary source materials and to learn more about the various people mentioned.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is strongest when it presents the bare facts of different events and when it quotes official documents. For now I recommend the book, but I am looking for something better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (525)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Superb"
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    This book (and the other two books in the trilogy) are must reads for anyone who wants to learn about Nazi Germany. The first book was especially compelling because it gave me the background that I often find lacking in examinations of World War II and the Nazis. I appreciated. At times, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of detail and because I did not know the names and their spellings. I simply listened to the book again to pick up those details. The book is depressing, heartbreaking, and even on occasion uplifting. It was nice to see a well rounded, objective approach to the subject. The narrator did an excellent job. I wish that he was the narrator of another book I am about to finish. It would have made the other work much easier to wade through. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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