Enjoyed the history; reader interfered with enjoyment
This is the second time I've listened to a book with Maggie Mash as reader. When she switches voices for a quote from some historical male, she only obscures the words. Sounds like an old crone, instead of a different character. Her regular reading voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. I would be pleased if she developed a different male voice, or better "quote" voice.
Robert K. Massie has a rich but direct style of writing, making the audio version easy to follow. The audio version is certainly better for the advantage of hands-free enjoyment of this wonderful book. It's a joy to put in my ear buds and go on a walk, a run on the treadmill, do the dishes, rake leaves, etc., all while being happily entertained with a fascinating and thorough history of the life and times of Peter the Great. There are times when I'd like to take a look at the names of people and places in print, just to see how they're spelled. The narrator frequently drops his voice so that words or phrases become inaudible.
Of course, Peter himself. Intelligent, inquisitive, and quirky -- a perfect hero for the 21st century!
Absolutely not! He reads as though the material is a dirty rag he can't wait to dispose of.
The Russian Ruler Who Raised the Iron Curtain 250 Years Before it Fell!
Robert K. Massie is a wonderful writer. I'd read anything he writes. He never bogs the reader down with his own ego, i.e., trying to impress with inventive use of words. He has an uncomplicated, declarative style that moves right along with wonderful description and easy-to-follow factual detail. He loves his subject matter, and you feel his affection for what he writes. An excellent historian! An excellent writer!
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