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Rasputin Audiobook

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

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Publisher's Summary

On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure.

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet.

But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, 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.

©2016 Douglas Smith (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Michael 01-24-17
    Michael 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Lot To Chew On"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was quite long, but then, this is a definitive biography, so make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew! (I nearly did.) The only difficult part was I had to take a break in the middle of the book and came back to it a couple weeks later; it took some time before I could get back into the story and remember all the complex names and places and situations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have been to Russia, and to some of the locales mentioned in this book - the story came alive and transported me back to my time there, and the sense of history it gives.The detail was amazing. To nearly a dizzying effect.


    Have you listened to any of PJ Ochlan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought he did a fine job.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Douglas Smith’s life?

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    Any additional comments?

    The book is awesome, so please don't let my ambiguous comments turn you off - just be sure that you are WAY interested in Rasputin.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Portsman 12-22-16
    Portsman 12-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "He was a man, and this is his story at last"

    Very well-done book, both the writing and the performance.
    This pulls the veil away from so much of the hyperbole that has been Rasputin for 100 years. Not a quick listen, but a good one.

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    Stephanie Borger, TX, United States 06-11-17
    Stephanie Borger, TX, United States 06-11-17 Member Since 2009
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    "incredibly thorough work. irritating narration."

    The narrator's voice was grating and numerous Russian names were mispronounced which took away from the overall positive experience of the book itself.

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    Wilbur Beauregard Mount Olive, NC, USA 03-02-17
    Wilbur Beauregard Mount Olive, NC, USA 03-02-17 Member Since 2016

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    "This was just way way way too long. Too detailed. I made it through the first half but then started skipping several chapters at"

    This was just toooooo much detail. It's like I was listening to a dissertation on the life of the guy.

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    Ben Tucson, AZ USA 01-14-17
    Ben Tucson, AZ USA 01-14-17
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    "An excellent academic biography"

    This is a perfect example of what an academic biography is supposed to do: she'd well-documented new light on an old subject. It was riveting.

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    NetBoss 01-09-17
    NetBoss 01-09-17
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    "Slooooow narrator"

    Ran it at 1.5x to achieve a relatively normal pace. I have never heard a narrator this slow.

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    D. K. Parshall Asia 12-21-16
    D. K. Parshall Asia 12-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "The Rascal Rasputin"

    This is a very intense and emotional story about one of the most dubious characters in history. A deluded person this Rasputin and who was able to mislead so many others.

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    Jeff Wise 07-06-17
    Jeff Wise 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but longer than it needed to be."

    This is a very well researched and explained book, but there are about 35 chapters in the middle that get repetitive to the point of exhaustion. The author used his source material well, and didn't let any of it go unmentioned. I really appreciated the way he cut through the myth, and explained the man.

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    Toni 05-31-17
    Toni 05-31-17 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "intriguing"
    Where does Rasputin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a most interesting review of the life and times. It put many things I had read or heard into perspective of the circumstances and people surrounding the Tsar.


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    JETA 04-26-17
    JETA 04-26-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Exhaustive...and exhausting"

    The. Author is determined to show that he has done more research on his subject than anyone else and, indeed he has painted a rich portrait of Rasputin and his times. But life is short and "Rasputin" is long.

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