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    • The Last of the Soviets
    • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich - translator
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 391
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359

    When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre", describing her work as "a history of emotions - a history of the soul". Alexievich's distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Heart, Soul & Iron Fist Of Russia

    • By Sara on 02-22-17

    Regular price: $42.00

    • The Unwomanly Face of War

    • An Oral History of Women in World War II
    • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
    • Narrated by: Julia Emelin, Yelena Shmulenson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    In The Unwomanly Face of War, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women - more than a million in total - were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Should be compulsory reading

    • By Neeraj S. on 12-20-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Zinky Boys

    • Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
    • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Julia Whitby - translator, Robin Whitby - translator, and others
    • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties - and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. Creating controversy and outrage when it was first published in the USSR - it was called by reviewers there a "slanderous piece of fantasy" and part of a "hysterical chorus of malign attacks".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why a female narrator?

    • By Brian English on 05-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Unwomanly Face of War

    • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator, Richard Pevear - translator
    • Narrated by: Yelena Shmulenson, Julia Emelin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly Face of War is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories from Soviet women who lived through the Second World War: on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories. As Alexievich gives voice to women who are absent from official narratives - captains, sergeants, nurses, snipers and pilots - she shows us a new version of the war we're so familiar with, creating an extraordinary history from their private stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible and haunting, essential reading

    • By JanitaH on 04-09-18

    Regular price: $25.58