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Crimea

Narrated by: Malk Williams
Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)
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The terrible conflict that dominated the mid-19th century, the Crimean War, killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. But it was also a war of religion, driven by a fervent, populist and ever more ferocious belief by the Tsar and his ministers that it was Russia's task to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land.  

Orlando Figes' major new book reimagines this extraordinary war, in which the stakes could not have been higher and which was fought with a terrible mixture of ferocity and incompetence. It was both a recognisably modern conflict - the first to be extensively photographed, the first to employ the telegraph, the first 'newspaper war' - and a traditional one, with illiterate soldiers, amateur officers and huge casualties caused by disease. Drawing on a huge range of fascinating sources, Figes also gives the lived experience of the war, from that of the ordinary British soldier in his snow-filled trench to the haunted, gloomy, narrow figure of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to take on the whole world in his hunt for religious salvation.

©2010 Orlando Figes (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Very detailed account

Great in-depth story of the Crimean War. The Author did and excellent job also of detailing the events leading up to the war and of the consequences of the war.

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Outstanding History of the Crimean War

Extremely detailed history of the causes, consequences of the Crimean War. It is the extreme detail that gives this book its interest. From riots between Eastern Orthodox and Catholics in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 1846 to the daily life of the soldiers on the front lines at the siege of Sevastopol, the scope of the book is breath taking. The similarities with the current great power maneuvering in the Middle East are hard to deny. I was really left with the impression that it might have been a good thing for France and Great Britain to allow Russia to take over the Ottoman Empire. Much of the horrors of the 20th Century could have been avoided. In any case, there is much cause for fruitful thought as result of reading this book. I highly recommend it. Unless, of course, you hate detailed history. In which case, avoid it like the plague.

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Exactly as advertised

I enjoyed listening quite a bit. Though consider myself fairly well informed on European history, other than "The Charge of the Light Brigade" the Crimean War had been a lacunum in my understanding. Figes' account is comprehensive without being exhausting. More useful than just background for an eventual Jeopardy! championship the especially excellent final chapter, in which the author shows the war root cause of many issues still with us today was quite enlightening.

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Interesting Read, But . . .

Having read extensively on the Crimean War years ago, I was aware of the general outline of events. Even so, I found it really challenging to keep up with all the minute details, and found myself constantly rewinding what I had just heard in an effort to truly grasp all of the information. This may well be one of those books that is better read than listened to. That's NOT a knock against the book, just an observation of how hard it could be to keep on top of the intricacies of politics, players, events. The narrator's very working-class English accent was at times a little tough for American ears to follow, but again that's meant as an observation, not as a criticism. If you REALLY want to get deep into the details of this often-forgotten war, this is the book for you!

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too much

great detail but there is a point when it becomes too much. it seems the author just had to include every detail

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Amazing account of a forgotten war

Orlando Figes has provided a stirring account of an all but forgotten war. The Crimean War is the epitome of war where nothing was truly gained or lost by either side. His description of “Russo phobia” is right on target in regards to the west, and that is what essentially threw the French and British into the heat of battle. But no one won, and thousands upon thousands of lives were lost before Russian capitulation. Malk Williams narration is just right for the pacing of the story.

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Fantastic

Figes’ work is always a pleasure. This is no exception. Engaging, covers both the macro and micro of the history.

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  • Fingers
  • 01-31-19

Great listen overall

Got this audiobook just to get an education on an event I had very little prior understanding of. This really didn’t disappoint and gave a good amount of detail on the events and protagonists in this war, it’s build up and after effects. The book is really well written I thought although I did not start with any knowledge of the conflict. The narration was good too...I wasn’t sure at first but Malk William's voice has a nice quality to it for this type of book. My only slight gripe at the narration was the accents that were put onto every quote he read. Some accents were excellent but some were a little OTT especially the French, which featured regularly, and was like something off ‘allo ‘allo.

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  • N. Flynn
  • 10-17-18

Sheds light on a very misunderstood war

Interesting to find out about a war that episodes of which are still resonent in today's world. Russia may lost the war, but they won the peace (primarily due to complacency of the allies apparently).

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