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    • A People’s Tragedy

    • By: Orlando Figes
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 47 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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.  

    Regular price: $32.71

    • Crimea

    • By: Orlando Figes
    • Narrated by: Malk Williams
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very detailed account

    • By Joel Conley on 08-20-18

    Regular price: $28.35

    • Natasha's Dance

    • A Cultural History of Russia
    • By: Orlando Figes
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 29 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Beginning in the 18th century with the building of St. Petersburg - a 'window on the West' - and culminating with the challenges posed to Russian identity by the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself - its character, spiritual essence and destiny. He skillfully interweaves the great works - by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall - with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons and all the customs of daily life, from food and drink to bathing habits to beliefs about the spirit world. 

    Regular price: $28.35

    • The Whisperers

    • Private Life in Stalin's Russia
    • By: Orlando Figes
    • Narrated by: John Telfer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    Drawing on a huge range of sources - letters, memoirs, conversations - Orlando Figes tells the story of how Russians tried to endure life under Stalin. Those who shaped the political system became, very frequently, its victims. Those who were its victims were frequently quite blameless. The Whisperers recreates the sort of maze in which Russians found themselves, where an unwitting wrong turn could either destroy a family or, perversely, later save it: a society in which everyone spoke in whispers - whether to protect themselves, their families, neighbours or friends - or to inform on them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Real Life Dystopian Nightmare

    • By The History Club on 08-31-18

    Regular price: $32.71

    • Just Send Me Word

    • A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag
    • By: Orlando Figes
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 22

    In 1946, after five years as a prisoner - first as a Soviet POW in Nazi concentration camps, then as a deportee in the Arctic Gulag - 29-year-old Lev Mishchenko unexpectedly received a letter from Sveta, the sweetheart he had hardly dared hope was still alive. Amazingly, over the next eight years, the lovers managed to exchange more than 1,500 messages and even to smuggle Sveta herself into the camp for secret meetings. Their recently discovered correspondence is the only known real-time record of life in Stalin's Gulag.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just send Me Word

    • By Daryl on 07-31-12

    Regular price: $27.99