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Peter the Great: His Life and World | [Robert K. Massie]

Peter the Great: His Life and World

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.
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This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

We see Peter in his 20s traveling "incognito" with his ambassadors to the courts of Europe; as the victorious soldier proclaimed Emperor; as the simple workman at his forge; and as the visionary statesman who single-handedly created a formidable world power. Impetuous and stubborn, bawdy and stern, relentless in his perseverance, he was capable of the greatest generosity and the greatest cruelty.

©1980 Robert K. Massie (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Enthralling.... As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!" (New York Times Book Review)

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    M. Vanoss san francisco 07-16-11
    M. Vanoss san francisco 07-16-11 Member Since 2014

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    "A treat and a pleasure."

    I take exception to the first reviewer's comments about the quality of the narration. I find Davidson's narration to be nuanced and enjoyable, and think it's a treat to experience Massie's thrilling biography as an audiobook. As I prepare for the publication of Massie's biography of Catherine the Great in the fall of 2011, it's a true pleasure to reencounter this classic work of biography/history as read by this accomplished narrator.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. Hollister New York, NY USA 12-28-11
    M. Hollister New York, NY USA 12-28-11 Member Since 2003

    arbiter of great taste

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    "The narrator is indecipherable!"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have been an Audible customer for many years. This is the first book for which I have wanted my money back. The narrator, who I'm sure is a nice guy, does not speak American English and I am tired of trying to figure out what the heck he's saying. I lived in NYC for 30 years and have a good understanding of dialects. This book could be great, but you'd never know.


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

    Anyone who speaks American English.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, frustration, then anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Lin Forest Lake, MN, United States 06-30-14
    Lin Forest Lake, MN, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The reader is terrible!"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    Find another reader! It was painful to listen to!
    George Guidall


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good story lost because of the narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole 04-24-14
    Carole 04-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Reader kills the story"
    What disappointed you about Peter the Great?

    I find the reader's voice totally intolerable. Grating and bordering on monotone. Hard to concentrate on the story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Peter himself is very innovative and had a great historic impact. Story itself is interesting throughout. Liked the details of their day to day lives


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not a good listening voice. Droning. Killed the story for me


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Peter the Great?

    I would not cut anything


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Catherine the Great first and totally enjoyed it. Same author here but did not enjoy because of the reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChefVlad Yasnaya Polyana 02-11-14
    ChefVlad Yasnaya Polyana 02-11-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Not the Peter The Great that you know"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was excited to read another book about Peter The Great and was disappointed with the story, delivery and historical facts. It would not be Peter the Great that Russians would recognize as in the A. Tolstoy book... granted Tolstoy's book is a work of fiction based on the historical character, while this book is more like a delivery of chronological events based on limited biased materials mostly emphasizing negative parts of Peter's life and focusing on his shortcomings. Even with the assumption that the author wanted to deliver historical picture of other countries and cultures at the time there was too much of that and too little of understanding of Russia... References to former Soviet Union and Lenin were totally out of place (yup I do hate communists too, but what that have to do with Peter the Great?)
    The narration was boring and sleep-igniting, facts not interesting or accurate, story was not fluent. Do not recommend this one, it is waste of time unless you use it instead of sleeping pills :-)


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    Robert FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-03-14
    Robert FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Peter the Great again? Why?

    Yes! So much fact and documentation, the reader will gain from a 3rd and 4th reading!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept my attention!


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Brackettville, TX, United States 01-28-14
    Linda Brackettville, TX, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "This is one I'll listen to again"

    I really enjoyed this book. Robert Massie covers the history of everything going on that had any influence on Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows little or nothing about Russian history. It's a good story and you get a picture of life in the 16th-17th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Utopia, Texas 09-22-13
    Peggy Utopia, Texas 09-22-13 Member Since 2007

    Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.

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    "Narcissistic lisper ruined the narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Obviously from the headline, the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details the author gleaned from so long ago gives the people of history life.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    The affected, selective lisp. In many instances I could not even understand what word he was saying. Throughout the book, he occasionally said his s normally but usually tried real hard to lisp. It didn't even sound like a lisp sometimes but some childish rendition of a lisp. Leave your need for attention at home, Mr Davidson. Listeners are interested in what the author is saying, not in what you are saying. It is hard to believe that Blackstone didn't stop very early on in the process and get someone else. When he said his name at the end of the recording he pronounced his last name perfectly.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Robert K. Massie’s life?

    What? The book is about Peter the Great, not Robert Massie


    Any additional comments?

    This is somewhat like a history book but many personal details from letters written at the time brought it to a very interesting level. People definitely thought differently about many things. Some things haven't changed. Leaders of countries continue making huge decisions contrary to the welfare of the people supporting them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 07-24-13
    Gail 07-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Story, Disturbing Reader."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that this book be read in book form or as an ebook. It’s sad to say, but this reader has an irritating lisp that keeps jarring my ear, and requires me to constantly translate what I’m hearing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter the Great?

    I love the descriptive passages by Robert Massie, and want to read more of his histories.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    I would defiantly not want another book read by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Windham, NH, United States 07-08-13
    Elizabeth Windham, NH, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Crazy and brilliant"
    If you could sum up Peter the Great in three words, what would they be?

    a good tour of a great man, great in the sense of large, powerful, world-changing, not in the spiritual sense!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The view of Russia at that point in time, and getting to know Peter's arch-nemesis Charles the 5th of Sweden. We need a good English-language bio of him, now!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We Will Be Modern (and have ships)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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