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Written in three parts, Killing Rasputin begins with a biography that describes how a simple unkempt "holy man" from the wilds of Siberia became a friend of Emperor Nicholas II and his empress, Alexandra, at the most crucial moment in Russian history. Part two examines the infamous murder of Rasputin through the lens of a "cold case" homicide investigation. And lastly, the book considers the connection between a cold-blooded assassination and the revolution that followed; a revolution that led to civil war and the rise of the Soviet Union.
Unique about this book on Rasputin, is that the author combines Russian heritage (her parents were forced out of Russia during World War II and arrived as refugees in Australia in 1948) with medical science and legal training. Nelipa relied on Russian-language sources that she translated rather than depend on the interpretations of others. Her primary sources include police documents and witness testimonies, an autopsy report, diaries, letters and memoirs written in their native language by the participants in these historic events. Secondary sources include Russian-languages newspapers and other publications from that era. The narrative is copiously referenced and augmented with documents, some of them published here for the first time.
Step into the imperial court of a 300-year-old dynasty in its final days with one of the most fascinating characters ever to grab our imaginations, judge whether Margarita Nelipa makes her case regarding his death, and if you agree that it was "the murder that ended the Russian empire".
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By Amazon Customer on 05-01-18
It's Scholarly, University Press Quality
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This book really shouldn't be a straight audiobook. You loose too many great visuals!
Would you be willing to try another book from Margarita Nelipa? Why or why not?
I would be more than happy to try another book from Margarita Nelipa, just not an audiobook. Now that I understand what a scholar she is, I don't want to give up the multimedia experience.
What three words best describe Sara Morsey’s voice?
monotone somniferous unaccented
Was Killing Rasputin worth the listening time?
Yes, Killing Rasputin was worth the listening time, I just hope I retained something!
Any additional comments?
I have figured out the problem with this book: it was published and marketed all wrong. While listening to this book on my commute, I kept having flashbacks to my freshman year of college, when I used the old Annenberg The Western Tradition lectures as part of my coursework. That is because Ms. Nelipa's work is scholarly, not so much popular. Had this book been published by a university press, available through institutions of higher learning, no confusion would exist. Instead, it was published by a more popular press, and so confusion abounds. Because you lose out on the photographs and source material, audio-only is not the best format for this book, either. It's a great work, and I highly recommend it-- just not as an audio book for the casual true-crime aficionado's commute! Students of Russian history or politics are another matter. They are the audience, and they won't be disappointed (just get the print edition so you don't miss anything). I received this book for free because of a Goodreads Giveaway. It is an Audible Audio Book.
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By night owl on 08-17-17
How a book about a fascinating event in a fascinating time can be so boring is beyond me. Poor narrator doesn't help.Repeating same info over and over doesn't help. The worst thing is Nelipas habit of never describing an event from start to finish. Sometimes she starts in the middle some times at the end of the event. I wanted to scream. I take exception to the title of this book. The aristocracy in Russia work long and hard to cause their downfall ,so I don't think we can blame Rasputin. Miss Nelipas should listen to Great Courses RUSSIAN HISTORY . I don't go along with this white washing of Rasputin .I'm sure most of the tales about him were grossly exaggerated, as is true of other bad guys in history, like the Borges and the Claudians. Still he probably was no saint.
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