Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know. Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. Unified by Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD) one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry.
Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD) Lenin all play their roles in creating and destroying the land and its people.
In RusskaEdward Rutherfurd has transformed the epic history of a great civilization into a human story of flesh and blood. I was Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD) very glad to discover you had added Russka to you Edward Rutherford's books. He is a truly wonderful writer, whose's books are exhaustively researched and very accurate, yet full of characters that make a wonderful novel - Wonderful!
I only wish you'd release Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD) other works "The Forest". Abridging these novels is almost a sin. Wonderful book worth both the time and credit! Would you listen to Russka again? I would listen again. All the details and all the time covered is worth hearing again. Any additional comments? As with the other Rutherford books, this fantastic weaving of history and fiction makes listening a joy and learning effortless. I am a huge fan of Rutherfurd, I love big books and history.
I did listen to Russka twice back to back to firmly implant the family names in my mind, and I found I enjoyed it more the second time around. The book gave me a little different view of Russian history than I had. All I can say is, it has to be good to listen to it twice.
I found the narration of Wanda McCaddon very good as well. I had enjoyed her in Sarum. It's an ambitious task and was well done. Despite the hundreds of characters the story flowed well although in they all intertwined in the end sometimes I felt a story line had been left "hanging".
The book does an excellent job of going thru the various politics that have an impact on today's global struggles. I found myself "googling" places and looking at Maps to get an idea of "where" things were happening.
Over all an excellent read. If you could sum up Russka in three words, what would they be? Thorough, Sweeping, Surprising. How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? I began to find the relationships and outcomes somewhat predictable. Although I love historical fiction -- it's the only way for me to put the facts into a context -- I'm disappointed by pat outcomes and unlikely coincidences, Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD).
I would have liked a little more time with fewer characters. The delivery was clear and her shift between voices was adept. I never felt lost in a conversation. I love this kind of giant, challenging novel. I'm always sorry when they approach the present and I know I will be leaving it all behind. I chose to listen to this book in preparation for my 3-week trip to Russia. My prior understanding of Russia had been picked up from Dr.
Zhivago and remembering the Cold War when Krushchev was their leader. Rutherfurd has done an excellent job of putting Russian history into story form. In fact, after the trip, I listened to the book a second time because now I can put some things in perspective with what I had experienced when I was there. What a great learning experience! Would you consider the audio edition of Russka to be better than the print version?
Didn't read the print version. What did you like best about this story? I loved the continuity. This was an epic tale. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No, my reaction was pretty even. This was a great story. I waited for this book to come out on Audible for a long time.
I read it back in the 90s, and this audio version does not disappoint. I love the mingling of different narratives throughout the history of Russia. It truly helps the reader understand how a Russian mentality is different from our own Western mentality. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? This book is too long to listen to in one sitting.
It has different narratives spanning the entire history of Russia, so it is easily broken up into smaller but still very substantial parts.
Just wish it spent more time on the soviet union. But overall a very good performance and story. What made the experience of listening to Russka the most enjoyable?
The novel is sufficiently detailed that, despite the subject matter's alien nature to most readers, it is easy to follow and enjoy. Rutherford's writing style is a joy to experience, and flows smoothly through eons without skipping a beat or weakening in the least. Additionally, Ms. McCaddon is a superb narrator, whose talent with voices and inflection as well as her gentle and very relaxing voice helps paint a vivid picture with the source she's been given. I liked the believability and the mostly period-accurate attitudes and experiences of the characters.
All too often a historical novel will veer off into platitudes designed to make more comfortable the less-than-palatable portions of the time period. This severely detracts from the quality of the work, as the characters are not allowed to live within their time but, rather, must pay lip service to the views of an author who lives decades, centuries, or even millenia beyond the characters. The characters in Russka act like first- tenth- and seventeenth-century Russians: they own serfs, they are devoted to the Tsar and not to democracy, they are religiously narrow; they beat their wives in the fashion of the time; they enjoy bloodsport; and they suffer continual and serious setbacks which are, while not minimized, often placed into cold comparison with the sufferings of their own serfs, to which they do not even consider paying mind.
For why would any Russian nobleman pay mind to his serfs; his property? And yet they are characters who live, who experience love and confusion and happiness and joy. What better shows the talent and devotion of an author than his or her ability to write living believable characters, rather than flat, unbelievable propaganda pieces? This book did something for me which few books manage to do: it made me experience genuine emotion. Turmoil, lack of surety, sadness, and even dread.
I was invested in the characters and their lives. I wanted things to work out for them. I shook my head and gawked at their bad, disgusting, even evil actions.
Yet I understood why they did what they did. At times I felt intense sorrow when bad things happened to the people whose lives I was allowed to look down upon from above, and was permitted in my limited wisdom to judge. I wanted them safe, happy, and successful. And yet, where then would be the story? An age-old conundrum I dare say. I highly recommend this book. It may be Free - Various - Step Power MIx 18: Mighty High (CD) tad long for some, at more than pages, and its complexity might not be attractice to many.
It does require a good deal of consideration of past events, and thinking through familial connections. It is easy to get characters confused with other characters, and even at some points to wonder why we haven't heard from a specific person in a while, only to realize that we have gone three-hundred years beyond that person's death.
This can be quite a shock, if one does not pay attention. Nevertheless, it is an excellent novel, well-written and lacking in little. Believable characters, realistic depicitons of Russian history, and a respect for the intelligence of the reader make this one of my favorite novels.
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