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At the start of the 20th century, on the edge of the Russian empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste....

Stasia learns it from her Georgian father and takes it north, following her new husband, Simon, to his posting at the center of the Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg. Stasia’s is only the first in a symphony of grand but all too often doomed romances that swirl from sweet to sour in this epic tale of the red century. 

Tumbling down the years, and across vast expanses of longing and loss, generation after generation of this compelling family hears echoes and sees reflections. A ballet dancer never makes it to Paris and a singer pines for Vienna. Great characters and greater relationships come and go and come again; the world shakes, and shakes some more, and the listener rejoices to have found at last one of those glorious old books in which you can live and learn, be lost and found, and make indelible new friends.

©2019 Nino Haratischvili (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 29-05-2021

Great Historical Fiction about Georgia and the Soviet Union

I am about a third of the way through this book.
It is extremely well written.
I am familiar with the history and this historical fiction is very accurate.
There is an amazing scene of the NKVD investigating Georgian nationalists.
This book is so all encompassing.
It has Georgian history.
It has the 1917 revolution.
It has World War 2.
All in the first 1/3 of the book.
And the characters are well developed and you quickly come to care about them.
One of the best books I have purchased on Audible in a long time.

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  • Jessica
  • 24-07-2021

Very, Very Long. Worth not listening to.

I typically love a long audiobook. How wonderful to have hours of imaginative entertainment. But at about the halfway point, I realized I couldn’t take it anymore, mostly because I didn’t like one single character. Likely, Kitty was my favorite, but even then, listening for hours about people with few redeeming qualities—some had none—was too painful, given the hardship and horrors of the setting. So I did something I rarely do with an audiobook—I stopped listening.

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  • Karolina K.
  • 23-07-2021

Amazing novel, ok narration, and mispronounced names and places

An amazing, very engaging “war and peace” type of a novel, written from the perspective of Soviet periphery. Living in Georgia, i loved imagining the story unfold in different corners of this charismatic country. On the other hand, i was shocked and very annoyed that the producers did not bother verifying the pronunciation of so many key names used repeatedly in the text - very disturbing. Giorgi, Cheburashka, Vake,.. all these terms are butchered over and over again in a way that would anger the author i imagine, and very much annoys the aware listener. Still very highly recommended, but if you know Georgia or Georgian language, be prepared!

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  • 12-07-2021

A pity that local names/places are mispronounced

Although I can appreciate that it is not easy to work with a lengthy story like this one, I wonder how difficult it would have been to check and pronounce correctly georgian names, surnames, and places. it really got on my nerves and decreased the quality of listening. somehow felt wrong like this was not important to anyone...

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