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The Gulag Archipelago

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, read by the author's son, Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

With a new foreword written and read by Jordan B. Peterson, and an exclusive Q&A between Jordan B. Peterson and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The officially approved abridgement of The Gulag Archipelago Volumes I, II & III.

A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own 11 years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation.

©2019 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece...The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today." (Anne Applebaum) 

"[The Gulag Archipelago] helped to bring down an empire. Its importance can hardly be exaggerated." (Doris Lessing, Sunday Telegraph)

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inspiring and informative

as a novice in Russian history, I knew little before starting this book. although not always easy to follow, it depicts nicely what happened in Russian Gulags.

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  • Reyes Maxi
  • 01/07/2019

Great story, poor performance

I was expecting the unabridged version, perhaps that was explicited in the pre-order and I didn't notice.
Anyways, this was a bit of a letdown.
The book itself is great, as well as the foreword written and performed by Jordan Peterson, who introduced me to this great work of literature.
It was also great (and also suspicious, given the fact that he probably isn't a professional reader) that Ignat Solzhenitsyn was brought into the project, given the implications the bond with his father could have played in the performance of the work... but this was a major letdown.
The performer is just not up to the task. He does a great job with some impersonations, has a good voice and pronunciation, but he is extremely monotonous, sometimes giving an old computer algorithm like feeling to the lecture. But the biggest problem is the "copy-paste" feeling you get throughout the performance, he stops during the reading, sometimes at the beggining, sometimes in the middle, and sometimes just before finishing a sentence, in the last scenario you get an unexpected extra verse after you though he had finished the phrase (due the monotonous quality of the lecture). I don't know if he struggled with the task because the reading wasn't done in his native tongue, but that is not excuse for the QC in audible, get someone else to do it and let Ignat close the book with his thoughts, that would have been waaaayyyyyy better.
I am returning this book, I just couldn't finish it. I've listened to it for 4 hours... and that's enough. It's the first time I am returning a book for this reason, believe me, I am not that picky about the reading, but this was just too much. If you want a better version there is an unabridged one you can easily find, I will be going back to that one.
Audible, next time you get someone to read, be sure that merit is the base of that decision.

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  • Martin Ferrari
  • 04/11/2019

Left me scarred, a necessity in a way

Never thought that a book would take me to such a dark place within myself. Thank you to everyone involved in the production of these pages.

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  • Ben
  • 03/11/2019

an indictment on humanity

What a powerful story...!
Shame on us citizens of the 'free' areas of the world. what do we know of suffering and tragedy...?!
I am humbled when considering the 'drama of my own life in comparison...
...and I am encouged to embrace compassion and grace

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  • evan storm
  • 08/08/2019

Enthralling story but a horrifying journey

The story of this book is enthralling, I usually have a hard time staying focused on one book at a time, and sometimes even completing a book. Knowing that the average audiobook is 7-8 hours long and that one is triple that amount, it seemed like a daunting task to complete it, but I devoured this book within a week, if that can be a testament to the quality of the writing.

I've been taught the horrors of the nazi camps in school, but lacked massively in my knowledge of communism and its own share of dead bodies. This book tells a shocking story of what happened in Russia, but also asks us moral questions that profoundly disturb one's mind.
It is puzzling to see the range of human emotions, from abject monsters to benevolent angels. "The line between good and evil cuts through every man's heart" to quote the author.

This book brought me to tears many times, by the recollected stories told, it squeezed a few laughs, sighs of disbelief, and awe struck silences.

I do recommend this book without hesitation.

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  • RexTppy
  • 22/02/2020

Mandatory reading about a diabolical ideology.

Some say it is the book that brought down the Soviet Union, others that after its publication, no one would be able to defend communism as "a good idea badly implemented". Solzhenitin goes down into the deep caverns and pits of this purely diabolical and anti-human ideology, pushing aside its façade of equality and kamaraderie. Once the lies are dismissed, the inferno is revealed in all its hideousness: torture, humiliation, summary executions, extermination camps, the destruction of the very essence of what makes us human. If the devil himself could have devised an ideology aimed at spreading pain and suffering, the communists have far outdone him. And not only in the Soviet Union. In a time when this demented and hateful view of the wold seems to make a comeback, when extremism seems to be on the rise, both on the left and on the right, when collective thinking and collective blaming seem to be, once more, the norm, every child and adult should read this book, to trully understand where such hatred leads.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/02/2020

A must read/listen

A must read/listen, especially for those who haven’t got to live under communist or other dictatorship rule.

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  • Nik
  • 22/01/2020

Should be taught in all schools

If one was to come up with a fictional horror story, they would not be able to put together all the terrors that really happened. Beautifully written and edited, simple to understand, and life changing.

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  • Branislav Randa
  • 12/01/2020

A must read

Just read it, no matter who You are. Everyone should know the true past. No one should live a lie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/12/2019

Coping with horror

Unbelievable horrors of human ideology and disrespect for the lifes of others in a game of power, storytelling and behaviour. No matter what you do someone will suffer on a non-utopian World. I must now put every gram of consciousness I have into liberating the individual truth including my own and fight for the kindness towards others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09/11/2019

Gulag Archipelago

The journey of brutal and devastating destruction of people and fellow Russians is told frankly and explicitly by the author who experienced it all at first hand. His sensitive insights and his searching discussion leaves the reader with an amazing insight into a very dark period of human history. The courage of the author and the poignant reading of the book by his son make for an extraordinary and intimate experience of the painful period of Russian ( and human) history.

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  • hickorync
  • 22/11/2019

Worth it

This book let me thinking many times and had an incredible impact on my life. Indeed not a political book but something greater.

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  • Lukas Schmidt
  • 17/10/2019

Mist read for everyone with a conscience.

Makes you better person. Gives a full indepth on the course of the russion history and why communism can be as dangerous as fachism.

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  • martin arezina
  • 17/10/2019

Great book

thankful to have opportunity to read something so deep and full of knowledge about how we people can be stupid. Something that we needed to read much more earlier in life.