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A People’s Tragedy

Written by: Orlando Figes
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 47 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, Europe
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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.  

Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution’s centennial legacy, A People’s Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history.

©2018 Orlando Figes (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • 2019-01-07

Excellent detailed history

Everything you could possibly want to know about the revolution and the personalities involved. Aside from just the history, the author includes the cultural aspects as well as the effects and reactions of Russia’s great artists....Tolstoy, Gorky etc.

The only criticism I have is a small problem with the narrator. Overall he is very good but occasionally he trails off at the end of sentences to the point where it is almost inaudible.

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  • Mark Bruns
  • 2019-01-22

Easily one of the top 100 books in History ... maybe one of the top 100 books in all topics

An absolute necessity for anyone with a moderately serious interest in History ... Important not only for the topic itself and the Bolshevik Revolution deserves more serious studies of this caliber but this books is also important as an example of the method or architecture of the solid and consequential approach in telling the story behind the event. You might not like this event, but you should have this work on your [audio] bookshelf.

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  • The History Club
  • 2018-12-27

Magnificent

You will not be disappointed with this book. The author dives beyond superficial story lines and seeks to understand this enormously complex event as it was experienced by Russians - Bolsheviks, their ideological adversaries and the average Russian as it happened. This is not just "another" retelling of the Russian Revolution - it is the telling of the Russian Revolution as Russians experienced it.

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  • 2019-07-31

An Excellant Introduction

I'm not an historian nor am I an expert on Russia or the Russian Revolution. I bought this book to get a general idea of the subject and get my historical facts separated from myth. I got much much more.
This book is an exciting, fascinating and indeed astounding journey through the revolution, its causes and its characters. Every chapter left me wanting to find out more about the people and times it dealt with.
At nearly 50 hours of listening one expects a certian fatigue but Figes & Roger Davis keep it coming it tells hundreds of engaging stories within the main story, like any great Russian story. Each chapter has just enough detail to make it fascinating and not so much as to make it for experts only.
The Reader is brilliant he draws you into the text in the most fascinated way.
I'm not qualified to say if this is the best academic history book on the subject but I am qualified to say it is an astounding achievement. If you have any interest in the subject and perhaps even if you dont you will enjoy this book. You will come out feeling like you were taken as close as possible to a fascinating, exciting time in Human history.

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  • 2019-02-22

One of the best books I’ve read

As usual, Figes does it again. You’ll not find another account of the revolution so well done. Most importantly, it is neither poisoned by a tone of right leaning dismissiveness/fatalism of the revolution or left leaning revisionism and fetishization of the bolsheviks. It’s an honest social history, with plenty of criticism for both the whites and the reds. You won’t find a better, more fair account of the revolution on Amazon. If you’re going to screech in the reviews because he didn’t confirm all your political biases one way or they other, it’s not the book for you. If you however, seek understanding, buy the book.

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  • Michael Polevoy
  • 2019-01-31

It would be 5 stars

It would be 5 stars, if Russian names and toponymics were not so mercilessly mangled. Native Russian speaker, sometimes I had hard time trying to recognize names of people and geographic points familiar to me from times of childhood.

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  • Robert Reitter
  • 2019-10-16

A Great Story

Gripping and well told, this is the story of how Bolshevism came to win out in Russia. The writing and narration are both superb.

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  • KW
  • 2019-02-24

Excellent Lesson in History

This book provides the facts I was missing to understand fully just how Lenin and his ilk managed to eliminate an equally inept and morally reprehensible monarchy. Also very well read. Hours well spent furthering my knowledge of the past as an armor against the flawed ideas and propaganda of the societal and political present. Thanks to the author and Audible for making this knowledge available.

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  • 2019-11-21

Excellent.

Excellent history. Holistic. Beautiful writing. Fantastic narration. Shows the real affect of state terror & the dangers of social engineering on a national scale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-15

Depressing

Enjoying this book is nearly impossible. The realities of Russia through generations is brought to the reader in a fashion that clearly describes the hopelessness of the Russian society. This is not a book to hear without a break. The author suffocates the reader with one stark reality of Russian life followed by another.