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Peter the Great Audiobook
Peter the Great
Written by: 
Robert K. Massie
Narrated by: 
Frederick Davidson
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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mitchell 08-07-12
    mitchell 08-07-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Interesting, violent"
    Would you try another book from Robert K. Massie and/or Frederick Davidson?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophia, described in most detail; she is cunning and central to the history.


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

    The narrator was appropriate.


    Did Peter the Great inspire you to do anything?

    Turn off the ipod, as there were children in our car.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long and detailed, but that reflects the history.
    Could not concentrate on the road, listen and drive safely.
    Not a relaxing trip through history of Russia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A full history."

    The history starts before he was born. It gives a good solid history of each person that plays a meaningful role in the story of Peter. It keeps up the interest to the last minutes of the book.

    My only criticism is the narrator has a lisp. It is not bad but it is noticeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 07-31-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Remarkable Man....Fantastic Book!"

    Absolutely loved this book. I read it about 10 years ago and decided to give the audio book a try as well. It is easily one of the best biographies I have ever read. You don't have to be a Russian history enthusiast to enjoy this book. Anybody who enjoys European history, sailing or military history will take something away from this book. 5 big stars on this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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