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  • By: Orlando Figes
  • Narrated by: David Sibley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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The Story of Russia

By: Orlando Figes
Narrated by: David Sibley
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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Story of Russia by Orlando Figes, read by David Sibley.

From the great storyteller of Russia, a spellbinding account of the stories that have shaped the country’s past—and how they can inform its present.

No other country has been so divided over its own past as Russia. None has changed its story so often. How the Russians came to tell their story, and to reinvent it as they went along, is a vital aspect of their history, their culture and beliefs. To understand what Russia’s future holds—to grasp what Putin’s regime means for Russia and the world—we need to unravel the ideas and meanings of that history.

In The Story of Russia, Orlando Figes brings into sharp relief the vibrant characters that comprise Russia’s rich history, and whose stories remain so important in making sense of the world’s largest nation today—from the crowning of sixteen-year-old Ivan the Terrible in a candlelit cathedral, to Catherine the Great, riding out in a green uniform to arrest her husband at his palace, to the bitter last days of the Romanovs.

Beautifully written and based on a lifetime of scholarship, The Story of Russia is a major and definitive work from the great storyteller of Russian history: sweeping, suspenseful, masterful.

©2022 Orlando Figes (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"The history book you need if you want to understand modern Russia." (Anne Applebaum)

"A magnificent, magisterial thousand-year history of Russia...by one of the masters of Russian scholarship." (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

"A great historian at the peak of his powers." (William Dalrymple)

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So disappointing

This book is very good about what has happened in the last 12 months, but so disappointing with regard to the rest of it. I think the only original line in the whole of the first 90% is the one that relates to Nicholas I’s attitude to the West, which demonstrates that Russian concern is not a recent, Cold War and since, phenomenon.

But other than that, there is literally nothing in this book that you wouldn’t have got from any previous history of Russia you may have read, nor even a glance at a Wikipedia page if you haven’t read anything. It is literally what any student of Russia would produce if obliged to write this number of words on Russian history. No insight whatsoever. Almost shameful, to be honest., from someone who purports to be an expert on the subject. I’m baffled by the book’s plaudits from people who know so much more than this lightweight offering.

To be fair, the book is saved by the final chapter, which is interesting and insightful. But if what you are looking for is a history of Russia which contextualises the current situation, then this isn’t it (with that final chapter excepted). Almost the entire book is just a big standard “history” of Russia - rebranded as the“story” of Russia as if that’s different. There are much better histories of Russia out there. This one is frankly pretty amateur. Sorry.

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Good story but not deep

a decent summary of the country's history but less interesting/ deep than author's other books on the subject, expected more from it.

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A must read.

A well researched, superbly written and fascinating book. Very well presented.

A joy to listen to..

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A deep and comprehensive history of Russia

Brilliantly narrated this is an excellent review of the epic history of Russia as a country and a state. It is very up to date (May 2022), and provides a fantastic insight into the causes of the current Ukrainian war. Highly recommended.

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Fascinating history of Russia and its leaders

Fascinating history of Russia and its leaders. Detailed yet not boring and chronologically described along with the wider geo politics over the last 600 years.

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Extremely well written and well read

The Story of Russia offers a fascinating insight into the current situation in Russia and Ukraine. The well written history helps you understand how story’s become myths and allow Putin to control his population.

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  • Lorenzo Coopman
  • 05-09-22

the book that Is needed

I was a bit sceptical about the author ( controverse in the past did damage his reputation quite a bit) but I must say this is a very good and insightful book about Russia, it's rulers and it's people. it is up to date ( until April 2022) it's accessable, it doesn't sugarcoat events, and you learn quite a lot. The voice reading was excellent , I did speed up a little (1,05x).