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Red Plenty

Narrated by: Roger Clark
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the 20th-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working.

Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.

Red Plenty is history, it's fiction, it's as ambitious as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.

©2010 Francis Spufford (P)2017 Tantor

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Brilliant.

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Brilliant.

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  • 12-29-18

communism

turns out, difficult to feel happy while reading. like carrying around a stone, but worth the insights.

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can't stand listening to it

The book seems decent so far but I can't stand the narrator. I think he's American but his reading voice almost sounds fake British mixed with New England snob, and the Russian accents he does are awful. Its basically a series of short stories so you need an enjoyable narrator to propel you through, and this doesn't have it.