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  • Rasputin

  • Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly thorough work. irritating narration.

  • By Stephanie on 06-11-17

Wooden writing and performance

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

The narrator is stilted, the translations sound like they were done by Google. Cannot finish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outline of History

  • Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 44 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Adam on 03-07-12

Do not buy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-12

Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Bernard Mayes?

What could H. G. Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

How could the performance have been better?

Program will not play past chapter 15

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Outline of History?

Any additional comments?

Program will not play past chapter 15

3 of 16 people found this review helpful