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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert K. Massie Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “By taking an enormous canvas and filling every inch of it with action and description...[Massie] has shown...precisely why this 6’ 7” epileptic was hailed as Petrus Magnus Imperator.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Written in a style that combines vigor, clarity, and sensitivity...should be the envy of historians and novelists alike.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This award-winning biography remains a classic study of a quite remarkable character in Russian history…Peter the Great provides the biographer with very rich pickings. Where Massie's volume triumphed over other predecessors, however, was in its extreme breadth of vision…[It] has all the components of a gripping novel, and is a must for all history buffs and biography fans, as well as all those who appreciate the rich diversity of Russian culture.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Snow | 2/20/2014

    " This book has excellent details, allowiing you an in-depth look at Peter and the Russia of his time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adam | 2/14/2014

    " What a boundlessly energetic, iron-willed juggernaut this man was! A terrifically engaging and thoroughly insightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natascha Hood | 2/9/2014

    " I loved it. Well written biography of an exciting individual. I read it after,'Catherine the Great' and before a trip to St. Petersburg. It helped make the city so much more complex and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Johan | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting, though slightly dated biography. You can only admire the accomplishments of Peter the Great; I had more trouble admiring the man, as a matter of fact I thought his adversary Charles XII of Sweden much more interesting, both as a politician and as a human being. "

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