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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Frazier Narrator: Ian Frazier Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the best-selling author of Great Plains.

In Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the 40-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs.

The book brims with Mongols, half-crazed Orthodox archpriests, fur seekers, ambassadors of the czar bound for Peking, tea caravans, German scientists, American prospectors, intrepid English nurses, and prisoners and exiles of every kind - from Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the czarina for copying her dresses; to the noble Decembrist revolutionaries of the 1820s; to the young men and women of the People's Will movement whose fondest hope was to blow up the czar; to those who met still-ungraspable suffering and death in the Siberian camps during Soviet times.

More than just a historical travelogue, Travels in Siberia is also an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union and a personal reflection on the all-around amazingness of Russia, a country that still somehow manages to be funny.

Siberian travel books have been popular since the 13th century, when monks sent by the pope went east to find the Great Khan and wrote about their journeys. Travels in Siberia will take its place as the 21st century's indispensable contribution to the genre.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Norma | 2/17/2014

    " A very looong book--good one to take with you if you ever finding yourself taking the Trans-Sibedrian Railroad. Interesting tidbits of Siberian history interspersed with the author's travelogue. His travels, while of immense interest to him, reminded me of time spent hearing all about someone else's trip to a place to which you have no interest in ever travelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill&Sue | 1/24/2014

    " Long, but interesting. I loved his winter travel through the land more than his summer travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nanette Kastner | 1/21/2014

    " This book had a lot of fascinating facts about Russian history, geography and culture. I only gave it four stars because it could have been edited better - there were some glaring grammatical errors and it was too long (some ramblings could have been edited out, especially at the end). The length isn't too big of a deal though, mostly because you can skim paragraphs or take a long break without getting lost or missing something important. I really enjoyed this book - he took more than a decade to write this and his research really made it interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edward | 1/17/2014

    " Overall, it was a decent read. It's hard to write an uninteresting book about such an interesting and conflicted place. I will agree with some others' reviews noting the fact that "Sandy" tends to be his own wet blanket in a lot of cases. He doesn't come off as a very agreeable traveler. He complains a great deal about smoking, pollution, drinking, and generally enjoying life, in many cases. Ultimately, the subject shines through; his knack for describing the grandeur of Siberia and for capturing both the poetry and discord of travel, along with his affinity for including numerous interesting asides saved the book from being mired in his quirks and priss. Did he, as he claimed, at the reading I attended, to have set out to, create a lasting work marrying Russian and American literature? Probably not. "

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