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.
"Enthralling.... As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!" (New York Times Book Review)
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.
No. It's very long.
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.
No time to read best sellers, but I love listening to books on tape while driving.
Had a hard time understanding the narrators british accent. His reading was so boring I fell asleep several times.
Interesting take on Russian history
No. It's pretty comprehensive.
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.
L..o..n..g book.... detailed and interesting but slow.
I'll decide after I finish this one...
To be continued...
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.
I haven't read the text of this book.
Peter is my favorite character.
The narrator took me a while to get used to.
Neither here nor there.
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.
The man who narrates Catherine the Great, Kenneth Branaugh, Liam Neeson...
Read and consider previous reviews more carefully.
the story is fascinating but...
the voice was too shrill and difficult to listen to. I couldn't get through it. what a shame.
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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