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A People’s Tragedy

Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 47 hrs and 1 min
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Opening with a panorama of Russian society, from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants, A People’s Tragedy follows workers, soldiers, intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship. 

Drawing on vast original research, Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it, while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded.  

Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution’s centennial legacy, A People’s Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history.

©2018 Orlando Figes (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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It would be 5 stars

It would be 5 stars, if Russian names and toponymics were not so mercilessly mangled. Native Russian speaker, sometimes I had hard time trying to recognize names of people and geographic points familiar to me from times of childhood.

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Excellent detailed history

Everything you could possibly want to know about the revolution and the personalities involved. Aside from just the history, the author includes the cultural aspects as well as the effects and reactions of Russia’s great artists....Tolstoy, Gorky etc.

The only criticism I have is a small problem with the narrator. Overall he is very good but occasionally he trails off at the end of sentences to the point where it is almost inaudible.

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Magnificent

You will not be disappointed with this book. The author dives beyond superficial story lines and seeks to understand this enormously complex event as it was experienced by Russians - Bolsheviks, their ideological adversaries and the average Russian as it happened. This is not just "another" retelling of the Russian Revolution - it is the telling of the Russian Revolution as Russians experienced it.

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  • San Jacinto
  • 02-24-19

Excellent Lesson in History

This book provides the facts I was missing to understand fully just how Lenin and his ilk managed to eliminate an equally inept and morally reprehensible monarchy. Also very well read. Hours well spent furthering my knowledge of the past as an armor against the flawed ideas and propaganda of the societal and political present. Thanks to the author and Audible for making this knowledge available.

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  • SUDBURY, MA
  • 02-22-19

One of the best books I’ve read

As usual, Figes does it again. You’ll not find another account of the revolution so well done. Most importantly, it is neither poisoned by a tone of right leaning dismissiveness/fatalism of the revolution or left leaning revisionism and fetishization of the bolsheviks. It’s an honest social history, with plenty of criticism for both the whites and the reds. You won’t find a better, more fair account of the revolution on Amazon. If you’re going to screech in the reviews because he didn’t confirm all your political biases one way or they other, it’s not the book for you. If you however, seek understanding, buy the book.

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Easily one of the top 100 books in History ... maybe one of the top 100 books in all topics

An absolute necessity for anyone with a moderately serious interest in History ... Important not only for the topic itself and the Bolshevik Revolution deserves more serious studies of this caliber but this books is also important as an example of the method or architecture of the solid and consequential approach in telling the story behind the event. You might not like this event, but you should have this work on your [audio] bookshelf.

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Fantastic!<br /><br />

I've read many books on Russian History, and this one is the best. Highly recommended.

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  • Mikhail Tikilyaynen
  • 02-14-19

A good guide to the repeating history of Russia

On the whole, a great account of events of the time from many perspectives. Russian history has a habit of repeating itself over and over again, so this book contains a lot of common themes with later events, up to the present day. Some of the beliefs, habits and attitudes described will be (surprisingly?) familiar from today's context; it's worth reading this book just for the sake of drawing these parallels.

Don't be intimidated by the length of the audiobook -- time does fly by (although I found that listening at 1.1x most optimal). The one big issue with the audiobook is the narrator's terrible pronunciation of Russian words, names and place-names -- if you are a native speaker you won't have a good time with those, but should, on occasion, be able to decipher what he meant. Normally, bad pronunciation of Russian terms is OK, but this is a book about Russia guys, so it'd have been nice to have someone tell him how to pronounce these correctly. Other than this, the narrator is great and is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Charles Palmer
  • 12-28-18

Harrowing, more essential that this is read than e

Superb, Harrowing. Figues smashes the romanticism of the Revolution and lays bare its traumatic cost and consequences. A terrible warning from history that our current academics appear to be ignoring if the volume of current self declared Marxists and even communists across the west is anything to go by.

Communism is not the answer to th e inequalities of life, it should be as vilified as those other false flags of zealous utopianism, fascism and national Socialism.

I had hoped that lesson had been learned. Apparently not. Therefore it is the duty of those of us who read and understand history to educate those who are woowed by its terrible mistakes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-19

Breathing in scope and clarity.

An incredibly well researched book, written in a way which clearly links an enormous volume of events/dates/places, and people in a coherent and easy to follow manner. The reciter/narrator transfers the words from the book to the listener in a fashion that keeps the listener enthralled until the very last word. For this listener, the experience is going to be a very hard act to follow.