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  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations | Robert Conquest

    Stalin: Breaker of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: the clash with Lenin; collectivization; the Great Terror; the Nazi-Soviet pact and the Nazi-Soviet war; the anti-Semitic campaign that preceded his death; and the legacy he left behind.

    John says: "Great 1991 Study on Stalin fka Dzhugashvili"
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin | Timothy Snyder

    Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
  • Young Stalin | Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Young Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

    Antonio says: "Young Stalin audio book part 1"
  • Stalin: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Stalin: History in an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

    Patrick says: "Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes"
  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians, Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    jack says: "Russian Ghosts"
  • Stalin | Edvard Radzinsky

    Stalin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edvard Radzinsky
    • Narrated By David McCallum
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    The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

    William says: "A Great Book About a Great Tyrant"
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    Dr. says: "Great Art smashes Tyranny"
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose | Eugene Yelchin

    Breaking Stalin's Nose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Eugene Yelchin
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
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    Celebrated artist and author Eugene Yelchin drew on his own experience growing up in Soviet Russia to pen this Newbery Honor Book. Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik, who wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer in Stalin’s Communist Party. But when his father, a member of the State Security police, is arrested the night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, Sasha is left to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about Stalin and what it truly means to be a good comrade.

    Ira says: "Compelling! Frightening!"
  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular - the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    Susan says: "Disappointed in the recorded book"
  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War | Michael Dobbs

    Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar | Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Nettles
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    There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

    Robert says: "Must know"
  • A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev | Vladimir Zubok

    A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vladimir Zubok
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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    Western interpretations of the Cold War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the 20th century.

    Augustus T. White says: "Focus on the Top Leadership"
  • Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government | M. Stanton Evans,Herbert Romerstein

    Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By M. Stanton Evans, Herbert Romerstein
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Most Americans have grown accustomed to accept the version of history that the Soviets were our noble allies and took the brunt of the casualties during World War II. But after decades of research by veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans and intelligence expert Herbert Romerstein, the truth has come to light and is now exposed in Stalin's Secret Agents. Evans and Romerstein focus on the role of secret Communist Alger Hiss at the crucial Yalta Conference of 1945, where vast U.S. concessions were made to Russia....

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Stalin actually ran our war policy!"
  • Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer | Paul Johnson

    Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history."Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction."

  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 | John Mosier

    Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
  • The Stalin Epigram: A Novel | Robert Littell

    The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By John Lee, Anne Flosnik
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    The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the 20th century. His heroic protest against the Stalin regime---particularly his outspoken criticism of the collectivization that drove millions of Russian peasants to starvation---finally reached its apex in 1934. When he composed a searing indictment of Stalin in a 16-line poem, secretly passed from person to person through recitation, the poet was arrested.

    G. Sabin says: "Starts slow but ultimately gratifying"
  • Stalin's Barber | Paul M. Levitt

    Stalin's Barber

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paul M. Levitt
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    Avraham Bahar leaves debt-ridden and depressed Albania to seek a better life in, ironically, Stalinist Russia. A professional barber, he curries favor with the Communist regime, ultimately being invited to become Stalin’s personal barber at the Kremlin, where he is entitled to live in a government house with other Soviet dignitaries. In the intrigue that follows, Avraham, now known as Razan, is not only barber to Stalin but also to the many Stalin look-alikes that the paranoid dictator circulates to thwart possible assassination attempts - including one from Razan himself.

    brian says: "Interesting read."
  • Stalin Ate My Homework | Alexei Sayle

    Stalin Ate My Homework

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexei Sayle
    • Narrated By Alexei Sayle
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    Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

    Viviane says: "Entertaining with a fair dollop of self criticism"
  • A Rare Recording of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin | Vladimir Lenin,Leon Trotsky,Josef Stalin

    A Rare Recording of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Josef Stalin
    • Narrated By Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Josef Stalin
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    Vladimir Lenin (speaking Russian) was the main theoretician and practical leader of the Blosheviks. He was voted the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR. Leon Trotsky was a communist theorist, prolific writer, and leader in the 1917 Russian Revolution. Josef Stalin (speaking Russian) was the General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party and a key leader in World War II.

    Hyrum says: "A slice of history"
  • The Great Terror: A Reassessment | Robert Conquest

    The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

    Matt says: "Compelling and Devestating"
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