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Ten Days That Shook the World

By: John Reed
Narrated by: George Backman
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, European
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Ten Days That Shook the World is John Reed's eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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fantastic Audiobook

If you could sum up Ten Days That Shook the World in three words, what would they be?

Expertly written giving a real feel for what it was like to live through those dramatic days. Details the politics of the different forces, political trends and figures involved through Extracts from their actual interventions into events and meetings of the soviets, Duma etc and the demands they put forward at key moments rather than lots of side commentary. Reed is however unapologetically sympathetic to the aims of the workers, peasants and revolutionaries, so many of the official historians of the revolution claim to be objective but are deeply hostile.

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The narration and overall production are of a very high standard.

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Fascinating

An amazing description of one of the most significant events of the 20th century. An event whose ramifications and unintended consequences are still being felt today.

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  • Eduardo Bucio
  • 05-09-17

Interesting but difficult to follow

It's an interesting book because it is full of first hand data. Nonetheless, as it doesn't introduce the reader to certain names and to the different parties involved in this historic passage, it tends to get difficult to follow. In addition, sometimes it gets tedious and boring.

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  • W. Ryan Hatch
  • 06-02-20

Hard to Listen to

The performing voice does well enough with the Russian words. His meter and cadence is too measured and over punctuated. Over enunciation just sounds pedantic. That might be something to overlook, though coupled with the offputting writing style, it is just not pleasant to listen to. The author writes in almost an unedited cinema verite style. The listener does not get the chance to really figure out who the players are, other than the names you already know like Lenin or Trotsky. There is no explanation of what each of the many political groups stand for. I suppose that this story embodies the chaos going on at the time, it just translates poorly to an audio book.