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Peter the Great Audiobook

Peter the Great: His Life and World

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Elaine D. Kirchen New York, NY 12-11-12
    Elaine D. Kirchen New York, NY 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Extraordinary story and narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book if a full and colorful history of Peter the Great. Frederick Davidson is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's very long.


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    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 11-20-12
    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 11-20-12

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    "Excellent Book and Reader, Mediocre Producer"

    This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary person who moved an entire country ahead at least 100 years from the position in civilization in which he inherited rulership.

    Few people have had such impact on their society. Only the name of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk comes to mind in recent times. Theodore Roosevelt may have moved the USA ahead a decade and perhaps Abraham Lincoln moved the the USA ahead several decades but Peter moved his country at least a century.

    The voice of the reader is excellent and he does well with phrases and names in many languages.

    My only complaint is in the production of this book and many others. It is impossible for a reader to adequately mimic the voice of a child or member of the opposite sex and particularly such very different people with significant foreign accents. That is an impossible task and should be replaced by a reader of the proper sex or age for quotations. This reader does as good a job as most other readers but even the worlds best reader is inadequate when given such a task.

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    Lisa Avondale Estates, GA, United States 10-21-12
    Lisa Avondale Estates, GA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2011

    No time to read best sellers, but I love listening to books on tape while driving.

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    "Narration is BORING!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Had a hard time understanding the narrators british accent. His reading was so boring I fell asleep several times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting take on Russian history


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

    ANYONE!


    Do you think Peter the Great needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's pretty comprehensive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan B. 10-18-12
    Ryan B. 10-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great "read""
    Would you listen to Peter the Great again? Why?

    Pretty good read. Great story to tell and it's well written and well narrated. Peter was great.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Ellensburg, WA, United States 10-09-12
    Kathleen Ellensburg, WA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Proud grandmother of three young boys. Former teacher. Graduate degrees. Audiobooks help me focus on my own tasks when surrounded by chatter. Eclectic reader but choose audiobooks by the quality of the narrator.

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    "Taking a break from it..."
    What did you like best about Peter the Great? What did you like least?

    L..o..n..g book.... detailed and interesting but slow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert K. Massie? Why or why not?

    I'll decide after I finish this one...


    Any additional comments?

    To be continued...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 10-05-12
    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator ruins this"

    I should have listened to the other reviewers' comments about this narrator, but I love the story of Peter the Great and wanted to listen to it anyway, figuring the narrator couldn't be that bad. I was wrong: he is that bad. He has a strong British accent, so strong that I seem to catch about one word out of three. I absolutely couldn't listen to this narrator any longer and didn't even make it through the introduction. I listen to books on Audible because I don't have time to sit down and read them. Listening to this book, however, was not an option for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-11-12
    Garrett SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-11-12
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    "Inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter the Great to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the text of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter is my favorite character.


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator took me a while to get used to.


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

    Neither here nor there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Miller Utah 09-03-12
    Susan Miller Utah 09-03-12 Member Since 2013

    "siouxieque"

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    "Peter was Great, the Narrator was Terrible"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not this version. I buy a ton of audio books, read by people with accents (different than mine), but this narrator ruined the book for me.
    My recommendation is to buy the hard copy.


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

    The man who narrates Catherine the Great, Kenneth Branaugh, Liam Neeson...


    Did Peter the Great inspire you to do anything?

    Read and consider previous reviews more carefully.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Auburn, NY, United States 08-20-12
    Teresa Auburn, NY, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Robert K. Massie and/or Frederick Davidson?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Robert K. Massie’s story?

    the story is fascinating but...


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

    the voice was too shrill and difficult to listen to. I couldn't get through it. what a shame.


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    Susan 08-14-12
    Susan 08-14-12
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    "Long... but worth the time"

    The narrator came close to ruining this book for me; his sense of phrasing of the text was horrible and he seemed to pause in all the wrong places. The story of Peter's life was fascinating, however. I had no idea he was interested and talented in so many areas. It was a very long book, but overall I'm glad I "read" it.

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