Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Written by:
Robert K. Massie
Narrated by:
Mark Deakins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2011
23 hours 52 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An “absorbing” (Los Angeles Times) biography of one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in Russian history—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs

“[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek

ONE OF ESQUIRE’S BEST BIOGRAPHIES OF ALL TIME • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Salon, Vogue, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Providence Journal

Robert K. Massie returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became Catherine the Great. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.
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Shane A.

I think this book is the most unusual nonfiction I've ever read.

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Sergio C.

This is an interesting biography with wonderful insight to Catherine and her surroundings. I absolutely adore the writing and the narration. There is a lot to learn about 18th century Russia and the monarchies of Europe. I highly recommend taking a trip to the past and seeing the world through the eyes of the aristocracy and the poor and experience the revolutions taking place through the eyes of Catherine. Robert K. Massie has written a wonderful work in nonfiction that is recommendable to anyone.

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chiara s

I love Robert K Massie as an author and this book is a perfect example why.The narrator was impeccable.

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Brooke Day

Good narration and writing, story does get a bit dull towards the end

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