Peter the Great: His Life and World

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert K. Massie

Narrated By: Frederick Davidson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2011

Duration: 43 hours 45 minutes

Summary:

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers--and men--in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas. We see Peter in his twenties traveling "incognito" with his ambassadors to the courts of Europe; as the victorious soldier proclaimed Emperor; as the simple workman at his forge; and as the visionary statesman who single-handedly created a formidable world power. Impetuous and stubborn, bawdy and stern, relentless in his perseverance, he was capable of the greatest generosity and the greatest cruelty.

"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"-New York Times Book Review

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  • Kathleen Lewis

    This is an amazing book for history lovers. It provides a huge amount of detail: facts, dates and people, but Peter the Great's life was immensely complicated. It is great book and Massie's subsequent biography of Catherine the Great is likewise an informative and very engaging read. I am vastly better informed after reading this book and struck by how intertwined Europe was in the 17th & 18th century despite the distances and impediments to ready travel. The narration was not my favorite. Mr. Davidson has a thick Emglish accent and spoke faster than my tiny American brain could a absorb. I kept have to go back and listen to more complicated portions of the book again because I didn't catch all the words. It was necessary to backtrack to actually understand essential aspects.