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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eugenie Fraser Narrator: Diana Bishop Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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The House by the Dvina is the riveting story of two families separated in culture and geography but bound together by a Russian-Scottish marriage. It includes episodes as romantic and dramatic as any in fiction: the purchase by the author's great-grandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love; the desperate sledge journey in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksandr II for her husband; the extraordinary courtship of her parents; and her Scottish granny being caught up in the abortive revolution of 1905.

Eugenie Fraser herself was brought up in Russia but was taken on visits to Scotland. She marvellously evokes a child's reactions to two totally different environments, sets of customs, and family backgrounds, while the characters are beautifully drawn and splendidly memorable.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 12/30/2013

    " A vivid memoir of childhood, culminating in a harrowing escape from Russia. According to the author's obituary, she wrote this when she was nearly 80 and it was published the next year to great acclaim. An unforgettable read especially for those interested in Russian history and the craft of memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aemilia | 10/22/2013

    " my claim to fame lol the author is my granny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 8/19/2013

    " This book is a big part of the reason why I began studying Russian. I thought it was beautiful and evocative of a lost world at the time, although it seems kind of laboured when I browse through it now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise Armstrong | 6/7/2013

    " I actually read her second book, A House by the Hooglie, but couldn't find it on database. Interesting glimpse of days gone by - most interesting element was her comment about trade in India (her husband worked in jute) and how their experience wasn't part of the Empire myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analee | 5/5/2013

    " This book was read during the time of my interest in Russia and its fascinating history. I still need to get there in real life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth Innes | 3/8/2013

    " Just didn't go anything for me and I'm afraid I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jordan | 10/18/2012

    " Read this when I was quite ill and really enjoyed it. Enjoyed the view of this world through the eyes of a child. Interesting to see the two different cultures of Scotland and Archangel. Fascinating to imagine what it must have been like to live inside the Arctic Circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/4/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. It really makes you feel like you are there. I was interested in how her life turned out, but she only mentions in the epilogue that she married and had 2 children and lived in India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 5/23/2012

    " This was an enlightening, well told glimpse into the every day life of the well-to-do in pre-revolution Russia, something I had known prior to reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patriciagoodwin | 3/31/2012

    " Author's childhood in Russia in the early 1900's. Her story continues through the revolution and escape to Scotland. Very interesting regarding the changes in Russia at the time - thoroughly enjoyed. Also enjoyed the two follow-ups. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 12/18/2011

    " This is an account of life in Russia before, during, and immediately after the Revolution, culminating with the author's escape to Scotland. It is a story of two families, separated in culture and geography, but bound together by a Russian-Scottish marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analee | 10/20/2011

    " This book was read during the time of my interest in Russia and its fascinating history. I still need to get there in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 7/21/2011

    " I actually read her second book, A House by the Hooglie, but couldn't find it on database. Interesting glimpse of days gone by - most interesting element was her comment about trade in India (her husband worked in jute) and how their experience wasn't part of the Empire myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/3/2010

    " Read this when I was quite ill and really enjoyed it. Enjoyed the view of this world through the eyes of a child. Interesting to see the two different cultures of Scotland and Archangel. Fascinating to imagine what it must have been like to live inside the Arctic Circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aemilia | 8/22/2008

    " my claim to fame lol the author is my granny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 6/17/2007

    " This book is a big part of the reason why I began studying Russian. I thought it was beautiful and evocative of a lost world at the time, although it seems kind of laboured when I browse through it now. "

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