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The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

Growing Up in Communist Russia
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya & Anna Summers
Narrated by Kate Mulgrew /  3 hours 22 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

The prizewinning memoir of one of the world’s great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia

 
Born across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel—the setting of the New York Times bestselling novel A... Read more »

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The Romanov Sisters

The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
By Helen Rappaport
Narrated by Xe Sands /  13 hours 25 minutes

A New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks!
"Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." —People magazine

"The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters' thoughtfulness and intelligence." —Publishers Weekly... Read more »

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A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

A Memoir
By Lev Golinkin
Narrated by Daniel Gamburg /  9 hours 29 minutes

A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewishrefugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shatteredpast

In the twilight of the Cold War, nine-year-old Lev Golinkinand his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and thevague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an... Read more »

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Secondhand Time

The Last of the Soviets
By Svetlana Alexievich & Bela Shayevich
Narrated by Amanda Carlin, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly Farr, Kirby Heyborne, Hillary Huber, Rebecca Lowman, Jorjeana Marie, Coleen Marlo, Kathleen McInerney & Fred Sanders /  22 hours 56 minutes

The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature—a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia

When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre,”... Read more »

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The Russia House

Penguin Audio Classics
By John le Carré
Narrated by Michael Jayston /  13 hours 51 minutes

“The Soviet knight is dying inside his armour.”

“Glasnost” is on everyone’s lips, but the rules of the game haven’t changed for either side. When a beautiful Russian woman foists off a manuscript on an unwitting bystander at the Moscow Book Fair, it’s a miracle that she flies under the Soviets’ radar. Or does she? The woman’s source (codename:... Read more »

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The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor Dostoevsky & Constance Garnett
Narrated by Frederick Davidson /  34 hours 22 minutes

After spending four years in a Siberian penal settlement, during which time he underwent a religious conversion, Dostoevsky developed a keen ability for deep character analysis. In The Brothers Karamazov, he explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds.

The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of... Read more »

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The Unwomanly Face of War

An Oral History of Women in World War II
By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
Narrated by Julia Emelin & Yelena Shmulenson /  14 hours 17 minutes

A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia—from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“A landmark.”—Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of... Read more »

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The Tiger

A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
By John Vaillant
Narrated by John Vaillant /  12 hours 5 minutes

It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that... Read more »

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The Billion Dollar Spy

A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
By David E. Hoffman
Narrated by Dan Woren /  11 hours 53 minutes

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA’s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War
 
   While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the... Read more »

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Peter the Great

His Life and World
By Robert K. Massie & John E. Dowling
Narrated by Frederick Davidson /  43 hours 35 minutes

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter’s birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of... Read more »

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Red Rabbit

A Jack Ryan Novel: Book #9
By Tom Clancy
Narrated by Scott Brick /  26 hours 19 minutes

It is very early in Jack Ryan’s career—so early that he has not yet even become an analyst for the CIA. But a series of nasty encounters with an IRA splinter group has brought Ryan to the attention of the CIA’s Deputy Director and his British counterpart. They offer him his first job as a freelance analyst, and he readily accepts. Debriefing a... Read more »

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The Madonnas of Leningrad

By Debra Dean
Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson /  7 hours 7 minutes

Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories—the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild—yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye.

Vivid images of her youth in war-torn... Read more »

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Notes from the Underground

By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by Norman Dietz /  5 hours 7 minutes

A predecessor to such monumental works as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes from the Underground represents a turning point in Fyodor Dostoevsky's writing toward the more political side. In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he... Read more »

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Red Notice

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
By Bill Browder
Narrated by Adam Grupper /  14 hours 7 minutes

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one... Read more »

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Words Will Break Cement

The Passion of Pussy Riot
By Masha Gessen
Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie /  7 hours 56 minutes

The heroic story ofPussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies

On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedralof Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, andbalaclavas, they performed a “punk prayer” beseeching the “Mother of God” to“get rid of Putin.” They were quickly shut down by... Read more »

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A Spy Among Friends

Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
By Ben Macintyre & John le Carré
Narrated by John Lee /  11 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true story of Kim Philby, the Cold War's most infamous spy, from the master espionage writer and author of The Spy and the Traitor.

Who was Kim Philby? Those closest to him—like his fellow MI6 officer and best friend since childhood, Nicholas Elliot, and the CIA’s head of counterintelligence, James Jesus... Read more »

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Gulag

A History
By Anne Applebaum
Narrated by Laural Merlington /  27 hours 41 minutes

The Gulag—a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners—was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the... Read more »

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Lenin's Tomb

The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire
By David Remnick
Narrated by Michael Prichard /  29 hours 4 minutes

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times 

From the editor of The New Yorker: a riveting account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has become the standard book on the subject. Lenin’s Tomb combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism.... Read more »

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Child 44

The Child 44 Trilogy: Book #1
By Tom Rob Smith
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris /  12 hours 23 minutes

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and... Read more »

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

A Novel
By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Narrated by Frank Muller /  4 hours 29 minutes

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn’s startling book led, almost 30 years later, to Glasnost, Perestroika, and the “Fall of the Wall.” One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich brilliantly portrays a single day, any day, in the life of a single Russian soldier who was captured by the Germans in 1945 and who managed to escape a few days later. Along with... Read more »

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