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Stalin Audiobook

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

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Publisher's Summary

There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

©2003 Simon Sebag Montefiore; (P)2004 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"A marvellously racy, gossipy study, based on immense research." (Evening Standard)

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    MR RH LEONARD 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Must know"

    The horror of the Soviet Union under Stalin is something that must be made known. This book has done a lot to bring this reality to the fore. My only criticism is that this is an abridged version and in some ways seemed a bit disjointed. John Nettles renders a good narrative and I will certainly be encouraged to listen to anything else he might read.

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    Kellyanne Clayfield, Australia 11-28-10
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    "Truly enjoyable"

    I have been listening to this for about 6 hours and am finding it thoroughly enjoyable. The story is woven so as to include both descriptions of Stalin's actions and psyche, as well as those of the individuals surrounding him and the historical period in which they all lived. The result is a rich narrative that really brings the listener (or reader) into that period. Be warned that it is just that, a narrative.

    The problem of course is that names of soviet 'celebrities' are thrown about as if the listener is already acquainted with them. Luckily I know most of the names, but I can imagine the story could get unwieldy for those without some background knowledge. Having read any general text on Stalin's rule should serve that purpose.

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    Neil Pelham, Thailand 10-29-08
    Neil Pelham, Thailand 10-29-08
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    "Disappointing---apparently poor abridgement"

    I had read excellent reviews of the book, but was disappointed with this audiobook. The historical material is very interesting and it is excellently read. The problem is that the narrative is rambling and disjointed. Since the book is so well rated, this appears to be a problem with the abridgement. Save your money and wait for an unabridged version!

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    Inge A AmotNorway 09-04-07
    Inge A AmotNorway 09-04-07
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    "Evil Empire"

    This book made me think about what Reagan used to refer to as the evil empire.

    A lesson in random lunacy put to work, based on excellent research.You wished this was fiction only.

    An exciting wellwritten book keeping your attention all the way through.

    5 stars

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    David LLandudnoUnited Kingdom 06-21-06
    David LLandudnoUnited Kingdom 06-21-06
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    "A very interesting tale"

    I'm not really a history or war buff but this had me fixed. The reader helps to keep the pace going.

    I enjoyed it.

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    Mike MOunt TamborineAustralia 09-05-08
    Mike MOunt TamborineAustralia 09-05-08
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    "Babble"

    This audiobok has NO structure - I mean no Chapters that dissect it by topic or time. Consequently it quickly becomes just a stream of words many of which are (inevitably) meaningless. This lack of structure unfortunately turns an otherwise excellent Narrator (John Nettles) into something like a software translator.
    I do not recommend it to anyone

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    8/12/15
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    "Superb and horrifying biography"

    It is said that history is written by the victors of wars and certainly the crimes perpetrated by Stalin and his repressive regime took years to be revealed. I was aware that Stalin’s policies had caused the deaths of many millions of his citizens and that he easily equalled Hitler in his heinous crimes. However, this outstanding and engrossing biography of Stalin’s reign of terror was a revelation to me as it documented his extreme paranoia and at times bungling incompetence and how he got away with it by keeping his acolytes in a state of fear that they would too would be executed on trumped up charges. I hadn’t realised the sheer scale of reprisals against those who served with him and their families. It must have been a frightening time to be near this despot. It’s depressing that history keeps repeating itself and how how uncurbed power in the end corrupts.

    The book is a great listen as pacy as a crime thriller and the narrator is good.
    Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    londonUnited Kingdom
    9/26/08
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    A vivid and interesting biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julian
    5/22/17
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    "What an insight into the court of Stalin"

    An account of the leadership of Soviet Union after Lenin. A ghastly look into the degenerate behaviour of a leader whose impact on the lives of millions of human beings will leave most in awe. Few can understand the complex webs that those in power weave, this book helps to piece together an angle and viewpoint of that era

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr S Bhatt
    UK
    4/23/17
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    "The best book on Stalin"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The audiobook is like a soap opera, the dynamics of stalin and his court and fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A real insight into Stalin, the old bolsheviks and the upper echelons of the soviet state.


    What does John Nettles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An amazing narration. Top notch!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The greatest real soap opera of our time


    Any additional comments?

    Cant recommend this book enough, there are alot of characters but this is not overwhelming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. GLEN
    UK
    4/18/17
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    "Too abridged?"

    This read for me too much like a chronicle of events without much interpretation or fleshing out of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GORDON FRASER
    1/18/17
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    "Absolutely loved this book, more of a !!"

    Montefiore returns to form after his awful fiction book. Fantastic story of Stalin and his magnates brought to life by a brilliant narration by John Nettles.

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/11/17
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    "Masterly"

    An easy though harrowing way to get familiar with Stalin and his atrocities. An extraordinary tale told with erudition plus panache.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    5/2/16
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    "Fascinating"

    Written beautifully the book takes you on a journey around Stalin's life that if you had witnessed 1st hand you probably would not had survived.
    There were many sections I re listened to amazed at the account.
    Being born in 1960 our school education failed to explain this to our generation, a lot had not been revealed but this is one of the best accounts I've found so far.
    John Nettles simply excellent.

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  • APE
    11/14/15
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    "My first book on Stalin and a perfect introduction"
    What made the experience of listening to Stalin the most enjoyable?

    Not massively detailed, instead introduced me to all the main charachters giving me something to follow up on in many areas. Narration was not overtly ácted out which'I prefer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raal Harris
    London UK
    10/12/15
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    "Hmmmm"

    Writing style is elegant and provides a very good window onto the the court life. As always with Ssm impeccable research unearthing some real gems. But I think you need to already know something of the subject and characters to really enjoy it.
    Overall I found it hard to get into and a bit one paced.

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