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I've been curious to learn more about Grigori Rasputin for a long time, and I'm glad that I finally got around to reading a book on "The Mad Monk".
Everything about Rasputin was just WEIRD. He's so weird that a lot of this book is hard to accept as fact even though it's accepted history. Rasputin grows out of humble beginnings into some mixture of fraud, miracle worker, drunk, holy man, woman-abuser, pilgrim, and healer. Through a crazy sequence of events, Rasputin finds himself at the right hand of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra and sometimes seems to hold just as much influence as the royal family itself.
Rasputin was also a legendary partier and honestly it's shocking that he lived as long as he did. In the end it was a night of debauchery that killed him, but maybe not in exactly the way you might think. Let's just say that Rasputin's life was weird right up until the end.
This audiobook presents an excellent view not only of Rasputin's life journey, but also of turn-of-the-century Russia. You'll learn about Russian politics, the complexities of the church, and Tsar Nicholas' war strategy.
Curtis Sisco does a solid job reading this book. I honestly didn't notice him much one way or another, which usually means he did a fine job!
In summary: If you have any interested in Rasputin or strange tales of history - pick this one up!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The narration is just miserable. Sisco never met a "t" that he liked, which would be fine if the subject's name wasn't "RaspuTin". So, you're treated to hearing "Raspudin". His tone varies between sounding computerized and sounding like the bad dubbing on a Japanese monster movie.
The book itself is fine, if a little low-brow. This is not a scholarly work but will give you an overview.
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What did you like most about Rasputin?
I had just listened to a book about one of my favorite historical figures, Catherine the great of Russia, when in the end they mentioned Rasputin briefly. I had some ideas of the life of this man, and wanted to know more. This book debugs or explains many of the myths behind the man, the Russia of his age and what lay behind the strange relationship between the Rulers and the preacher. It is well written and read. This book debugs or explains many of the myths behind the man, the Russia of his age and what lay behind the strange relationship between the Rulers and the preacher. It is well written and read, however if you are looking for a book of sensationalism, of events extraordinaire and unworldly events, you might want to look else ware. This is an extraordinaire story about an extraordinaire man, but only because it is such a profoundly non supernatural life story. He just happened to be an original, a man that both by own energy and coincidences ended up in the spotlights. It’s a story with both feet deep in the Russian earth, even though the participants might have believed themselves to have live in a time of miracles and dark magic.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Rasputin?
The way his murderers described the killing of Rasputin, believing in their own story of supernatural survive ability, this most likely added greatly to the myth.
What three words best describe Curtis Sisco’s voice?
Low, soft and unenergetic
2 of 3 people found this review helpful