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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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History in the best way

I adore Edward Rutherfurd’s books. He teaches you history in such a beautiful way, you listen to his stories without realising you’re actually learning. His books are a series of novellas that chronologically follow families through the ages, each chapter is weaved into a significant historical period and you live it through each of the character’s eyes and feelings. I get so excited each time I see a title has been added, as I check all the time. They are huge tomes, but easily digested into chapters that are stories all of their own and you become completely absorbed. I cannot recommend enough. You’ll be glad you bought this and all of his books.

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A curate’s egg

Inevitably, a book of this length and encompassing so many stories will vary in its ability to hold ones interest. I enjoyed some parts felt meh about others but no part really caught my attention enough to read the other books by the same author.

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Educational, engaging and yet poetic

A lovely long book. Beautifully written and read. I would recommend this for those who like a long listen and who are interested in Russian history.

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Epic

Not sure if I bit off more than I could comfortably chew... Better critics than I can give more worthy evaluation, I will probably play it again over the winter and see if I find more continuity of storylines and feel more relationship with characters. Undoubtedly, well presented!

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Fantastic

A wide and expansive story from the dawn of Russia to the end of the Soviet Union. It portrays a nation in so much colour. it's well read and I would highly recommend it.

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  • G. Kinzer
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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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