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- A History
- By: Anne Applebaum
- Narrated by: Laural Merlington
- Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
The Gulag - a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners - was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.
Nice compliment to Solzhenitsyn
- By Thucydides on 08-03-17
Great book, with serious narration problems
Most of the narration was great, however I am shocked that there was no russian-speaking advisor to help the narrator pronounce the Russian names and words. Clearly, this narrator put zero effort to try to pronounce any of the Russian words even close to what they should sound like. She butchered them so badly that for a native Russian speaker it was absolutely torturous to hear. There were times where she mispronounced the same word in three different ways in the same sentence. If I had known about this, I would have volunteered my time to help her with the pronunciation. This oversight is absolutely inexcusable.
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