Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Helen Rappaport

Narrated By: Xe Sands

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: February 2017

Duration: 10 hours 35 minutes

Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.
This program includes a bonus interview with the author and her editor.
Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil - felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.
Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.
Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action - to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a 'red madhouse.'

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  • richard s

    I thought the book was a good read and thought the story surrounding the February and October revolution was very exciting and thought provoking. What I didn't like was the narration which I gave a 2. I've never had an audio book impact me with the narration like this. I felt the reader of the story thought all of it was a comedy when very real and important events were being discussed. Aside from the narration, the rest of the book was great!