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Where does Great Catherine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Among the best.
What did you like best about this story?
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and was disappointed when it ended.That this book was taken from Catherines' actual memoirs was particularly intriguing. The book highlighted her frailties, remarkable strengths and basic needs as a woman needing to be loved by men, her children and her subjects. A grand life in Russian proportions.
What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?
I thoroughly enjoyed her sympathetic narration.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Catherine the Great, was an impressive woman. She was brilliant, studied seriously, and made a significant impact on Russia and it's people. She was also somewhat scandalous. This book covers her life and Russian history from her birth (in Prussia) in 1729 to her death in 1796. It's a great read, engaging and fast paced and full of fascinating details about life at court, the living conditions in Moscow and St Petersburg and her relationship with other thinkers and leaders of the time. I enjoyed it and learned from it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
boring, repetitive, reads like a collage of notes gathered from history books. The. reader: up jolly voice: oh here comes a happy bit: gloomy voice; oh, more misery.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I'm not usually a fan of biographies but this one was exceptionally good. I think it is far more comprehensible to write a biography in someone who lived in pre-industrial times because you can tell a cohesive story without being completely superficial. Catherine was thus a great choice of topic and the execution of this book was spot on.