Stalin : The Court of the Red Tsar

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There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great and her lover, prime minister and general Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.Read by John Nettles
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 128 x 140 x 44mm | 458.14g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752866028
  • 9780752866024
  • 1,280,978

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Simon Sebag Montefiore , acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister and geberal, Potemkim, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin * OPTIONS X11 * ?For such a long audiobook, the reader is crucial, and the choice of John Nettles is excellent. His voice is constantly pleasing and allows the barely comprehensible evils of Stalin?s imperial court to speak for themselves.? * Oldie * ?More compelling than any thriller, this award-winning biography is read with unflagging verve by John Nettles.? * Irish Times * ?The Narrator, John Nettles, successfukly combines gravitas with vigour, and the abridgement of the 800-page book also manages to give the sources of much of the riveting details from the wrtier?s primary research.? * Observer * This account f the man who carried Lenin's death mask with him wherever her went, hanging it like an icon in a suitably conspicuous place lit by a candle, is more concerned with detail than dates, and for this reason is easier to digest than most historical biographies....This is not a book for the squeamish, but John Nettles's genial tones manage to keep it in the PG rather than the X-certificate rating. * Guardian * ?John nettles reads this abridgement with total engagement, keeping the listener enthralled even during he horribly repetitive accounts of the murder of millions of Russians.? * BBC History Magazine *
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About Simon Sebag Montefiore

Born in 1965 Simon Sebag Montefiore is a biographer, novelist and journalist. He contributes to The Sunday Times, The Spectator and The New York Republic and New York Times in the USA. In the early nineties he travelled through the turbulent ex-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asia and in 1996 presented a Channel 4 documentary on his 2000 mile desert quest for slavery in Mauritania. He now lives in London with his wife, Santa, nee Palmer-Tomkinson, and one child. His first biography, Prince of Princes: the Life of Potemkin was a huge success in hardback and paperback. John Nettles was born in St Austell, Cornwall. He studied philosophy and history at Southampton University where he also acted in drama society productions. He was there spotted by an agent who arranged for him to work at the Royal Court theatre - though that did not stop him teaching in London for a while. Before 'Midsomer Murders' he was best known for his role as Sergeant Jim Bergerac, in the long-running television series Bergerac. Other TV appearances. ranging from comedy to serious drama, include A Family at War, Black Beauty, The Liver Birds, Dickens of London and The Merchant of Venice. But he has never forgotten his stage origins, where again his range is unusually wide: he has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, yet plays pantomime most years. Orion Audio invited him to read Stalin because of his magnificent audiobook reading of George Orwell's 1984.
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