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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,889 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country's geographic crossroads, Russia's Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry.

Rutherfurd's grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself: harsh yet exotic, proud yet fearful of enemies, steeped in ancient superstitions but always seeking to shape the emerging world. Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Lenin all play their roles in creating and destroying the land and its people.

In Russka, Edward Rutherfurd has transformed the epic history of a great civilization into a human story of flesh and blood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rutherfurd literally personifies history.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Impressive…Rutherfurd has indeed embraced all of Russia.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Russka succeeds where [other books] of trendy Soviet-watching have failed…Rutherfurd can take his place among an elite cadre of chroniclers such as Harold Lamb, Maurice Hindus, and Henri Troyat.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An example of how a skillful historical novelist can illumine the present by dramatically re-creating the past.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Fast-moving…Rutherfurd believes in adding color and adventure to facts that are exhaustively researched, making history palatable if not delicious.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Sprawling…Rutherfurd’s close observation of Russia’s religious and ethnic diversity gives this epic a distinctive flavor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “These interconnected lives present a vast panoramic portrait of Russia and its history.”

    Library Journal

  • “What a pleasant way to learn history…[Wanda McCaddon] brings her usual expertise to the reading of this immense opus…Her musical voice allows the listener to enjoy the story while absorbing the history and geography of Mother Russia.”


  • “Well-written, episodic…Crammed with exhaustive and obviously well-researched historical, geographical, and cultural detail…Rutherfurd’s opus extraordinaire may captivate readers of the genre as well as serious history buffs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/12/2014

    " Love this Edward Rutherfurd historical fiction stuff!! This one centers on the development of Russia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darcie | 2/3/2014

    " "Softly the wind moves over the land." A simple phrase, yet beautiful. I'm currently reading this epic account of the history of Russia, told from the viewpoint of individuals in novelized form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by marsha | 2/1/2014

    " Love all of Rutherford's books, but this was one of my favorites because of all of the Russian history, especially the description of Ivan the Terrible. Sarun and London are good reads, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terry | 1/16/2014

    " Another epic well-researched saga from Rutherfurd. Comparable to Sarum,London and the Irish sagas. "

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