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Stalin

By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar. 

Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, this magnificent feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing. Showing how Stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling.

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©2003 Simon Sebag Montefiore (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

Horrific, revelatory and sobering ... triumph of research and should be required reading in Russia. Book of the Year (John Le Carre)
This grim masterpiece, shot through with lashes of black humour ... The personal details are riveting (Antonia Fraser)
Fascinating ... [Montefiore] concentrates, as any good historian should, on pushing forward the boundaries of our knowledge of the subject ... [He] provides rich detail of daily life and family relationships in a world of human values turned inside out ... scrupulously fair in the way he describes Stalin's qualities - including his ability to charm, his uncanny grasp of geopolitical issues, his brilliant handling of foreign statesmen and his genuine passion for literature (Antony Beevor)

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one of the most enthralling books I've listened to

Finely read with a character driven narrative.

I found this audiobook a pleasure to listen to from the first minute until the last.

The narration was first class.

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Best of 2021 so far

I’ve always understood Stalin to be a complete moral bankrupt, but his story is so much more complex than that. This book is a significant historical record of the Bolshevik movement and Stalin’s leadership, with the man himself shown as a true visionary, definitely one of the truly great leaders, while being himself afraid, paranoid and cruel beyond any acceptable human explanation.

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Engrossing

Fantastic narration. A timely reminder of how deranged and fanatic communists really are. Viva liberty!

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a good biography of a dreadful man

This biography helps you to understand the real Stalin. It shows the true humanity he had especially for his own family. It also shows the terrifying monster and zealot he was willing to put everyone and anyone into the meatgrinder for his design.

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Best book written..

Simon Sebag Montefiore, bloody great Author, great story, beautiful voice-over by Jonathan Aris..just made the listener deeply apart of the story....fantastic..Alan ..Australia

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Somewhere between OK and Good

Too many irrelevant details/ stories, at cost of historic analysis. Didn't finish, it was frustrating.

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Discard all earlier biographies

The access to archival material not previously available means this book trumps everything which came before it.

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Brutal

Such a selfish and brutal man, couldn't say I felt sorry for the man's demise, could not have come sooner.

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A Haunting annotation of one of history’s great monsters.

A fantastic work by Simon Montefiore, incorporating such varying evidence from personal testimony to the written annotations of Stalin himself. While it’s not a perfect work, and it never seeks to exceed its goal of providing a detailed sketch of Stalin himself, it is well worth listening to for anyone interested in the history of the Soviet Union.
Johnathan Aris also preforms beautifully, playing with the original text and adding an all-important sense of wryness to proceedings.
Highly recommended.

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The best book I've read

Such a well researched and unbiased account of Stalin's life. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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