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Publisher's Summary

In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

Of the Archipelago as a whole, Le Monde has said: "It is the epic of our times. An epic is always the creation of an entire people, written by the one person who has the creative power and the genius to become the spokesman for his nation. And in this work, we hear a people speaking through the impassioned, intrepid, ironic, furious, lyrical, brutal, and often tender voice of the narrator."

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©1973 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (P)1990 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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A Middle Finger to The Cowards of The World

Brilliant and brave book that spits in the face of totalitarianism and sheds light on man's more-than-likely cowardice.

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Reflection of today.

I loved this book. The stories should never be forgotten and people around the world should work to ensure we don't repeat such events - these people endured such atrocious acts, not only by the government, but their fellow humans who were made to fear and forced to conform.

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Harrowing Depiction of Soviet Gulags

What made the experience of listening to The Gulag Archipelago the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent. Great enunciation and dynamic range. Frederick Davidson did a wonderful job. Not soppy or sentimental but read with the absolute clarity and searing reality of gulag life.

What other book might you compare The Gulag Archipelago to, and why?

Can't compare. It is on its own.

Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to his other performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book requires some time to listen to. There is a lot to take in.

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depressing as it is necessary.

Not easy to get through. a great warning from history of the pitfalls of communism. horrible story but more necessary than ever in todays climate.

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like getting stabbed in the liver several times

never a happy ending under communism, beautifully acerbic - commensurate with his times. definitely one of the most important books of the 20th century to read, lest anyone with direction in this world tread naively underfoot of the change they wish to bring

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  • Mr. M. Piotrowicz
  • 24-07-2017

Classic book, likely forgotten this days,

I appreciate listening to this book in times that are overshadowed with nationalism, isolationism, mass migrations and wars, and change in status quo. Not least that it was book recommended by uncle who spent 12 years in archipelago and I consider him my closest relative too.

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  • Mr. S. Hindmarsh
  • 05-06-2017

Sobering

Great narration of a story about your worst nightmare. Does communism have any success stories?

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  • slwan fayyad
  • 21-02-2018

Brilliant insight into oppression of soviet system

packed with detail, that paints a full picture of the terror and drudgery of the communist system and the suffering of the countless millions trapped in its gulags

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  • Ruben Sandberg
  • 13-08-2018

Incredibly interesting

I loved it and i would recommend it to pretty much everyone, this is important history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2018

Riveting from start to finish

A true reflection of communist Russia from the eyes of the persecuted. Brilliantly structured and effortlessly delivered by the narrator