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Debby Edwardson

Barrow, Alaska United States
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  • Symphony for the City of the Dead

  • Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
  • By: M. T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: M. T. Anderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history - almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943 - 1944. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens - the Leningrad Symphony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Eye-Opening, Emotional Tale

  • By A.L.R. on 02-05-16

Incredibly Moving

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

A nuanced and thought provoking look at Soviet politics in World War II, at the power of art in the hierarchy of human needs and at the heart of the Russian people. Read movingly by the author himself. Highly recommend.

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