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    In this vast and gorgeous tapestry of a novel, serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew are brought together in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal that most impenetrable and mysterious of lands - Russia.

    Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping family saga from the baffling contradictions of Russia's culture and her peoples - bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears.

    From Russia's dawn and the cruel Tatar invasions to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of War and Peace to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today - here is Russia's story in a spellbinding novel - history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

    ©1991 Edward Rutherford (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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    • G. Kinzer
    • 15/08/2020

    Beautifully Brings Russian History to Life

    I thoroughly enjoyed the way Edward Rutherfurd wove the characters into a storyline spanning nearly 2000 years. The major historical events are iwoven through the lives of ordinary people in a way that adds color to the events and illustrates the effects on the people. I look forward to listening to other works by this author. Don't let the size (length) of this book stop you. The story is entertaining and keeps you involved in it... much like a mini series. Excellent narration too.

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    • Gary Fradin
    • 17/04/2022

    First half better than second

    I liked some of Rutherford’s books more than others. ‘London’ and ‘New York’ fit the first category; ‘Paris’ and ‘Russka’ the second.

    What I liked about Russka: the broad sweep of history. I read this to get background into Russian-Ukrainian relations, to put Russia’s 2022 invasion into an historical context. The first half of Russka did this reasonably well. I learned from it.

    I also liked the narrator. Good voice and reading rhythm.

    What I didn’t like: the second half of Russka became a soap opera, perhaps Rutherford’s attempt to write his own version of War and Peace. I didn’t learn much about Russian history from it and got confused by the large number of characters. Sometimes I couldn’t remember who was from which family and in which generation.

    I looked forward each day to listening to this book until about 1800. After that, listening and finishing it became almost a burden.

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    • Margro
    • 17/09/2022

    Wonderful Historical Novel

    I just discovered Mr. Rutherford's novels after completing Ken Follett's historical trilogies and feeling at a loss as to 'what next'? What a delight to find these books! I feel that I have learned much about Russia through his story telling and indeed some of what makes me shake my head about Russia and how the country interacts on the world stage, now makes more sense. Also, the narration of Roger Davis is excellent and makes me feel a part of the story.

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    • K R D
    • 22/05/2022

    An epic on every level

    This is a masterpiece and a thorough explanation of the entirety of Russia’s history. Unless we examine Russia’s past, and what therefore informs the country today, we are unlikely to understand it.

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    • Adam Kucirek
    • 03/05/2022

    So so

    The rolling story generally had a mildly interesting plot. I felt the book could have used a more detailed telling of major historical events. I would have preferred more depth to the events of the last 100 years. I much more enjoyed this authors book ‘New York.’

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    • KrisS
    • 26/04/2022

    Not a favorite

    I struggled with this one. Russka was in my library and I thought it would be a good time to learn a bit about the history of Russia. I have read other Rutherfurd books but this one just didn't engage me. The structure of the story is that centuries go by and the time spent on each character is very little so the story just didn't evolve. Things got a little more interesting in the more modern era and I did learn many interesting facts.

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    • Walt johnson
    • 14/03/2022

    Timely and as always for Edward Rutherfurd filled with fascinating historical facts.

    Although not my favorite Edward Rutherford historical fiction, this one is particularly interesting given the times we live in today.

    It is as if Edward Weatherford knew about the Ukrainian Russian conflict going on in 2022 and wrote this book to give the reader in-depth knowledge and understanding of a conflict that goes back before the 1800s. Like most Americans I had very little knowledge or understanding of the history of the region, or the geography, for example I did not know that : not very long ago Alaska was once considered part of Russia.

    So after 40+ hours of listening I now do feel like I can hold my own in a conversation and comment on the issues with a little more confidence.

    The underling message for me was , as always, men and woman desire freedom at their very core, that extreme’s in wealth and poverty and injustice and oppresion will inevitably lead to conflict , revolt, revolution and often times war. And that this is a cause that human kind will fight and die for. And as always the men in power who make the decision to go to war are most often not the ones that ultimately die and suffer.
    A must listen for any history buff as well as those interested in philosophy, sociology, human nature and also the arts.

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    • Mary K.
    • 11/03/2022

    Truly wonderful

    Very Fine story telling. Covering such an expanse of time I would have been contented with multiple volumes. Timely for me with this area being a conflict zone now

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    • Blaine Cooper
    • 03/02/2022

    Narrator is stupendous! Love the accent! He makes it exciting and enjoyable to listen to and follow!

    The story was amazing how it illuminated history. It was so interesting how the author connected the story from beginning to end! This is my 4th Rutherford novel.

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    • Jayne
    • 10/11/2021

    Excellent

    I always enjoy this author's expertise at weaving history and fiction together to make the facts come alive. Narration was easy to understand while still giving a Russian flavor to the dialogue. I especially enjoyed seeing history from the perspective of both nobles and peasants. Highly recommend!