October

  • by China Mieville
  • Narrated by John Banks
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history.
In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?
This is the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail.
Historians have debated the revolution for 100 years, its portents and possibilities: the mass of literature can be daunting. But here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Mieville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.

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What the Critics Say

"Even when he is orbiting somewhere in a galaxy too far away for normal human comprehension...Mieville is dazzling." (The New York Times)

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An excellent analysis of the Russian revolution. The author tackles this huge historic event magnificently, you feel like a witness to the Russian people's desire to topple the tsar and greedy monarchical hold over the empire.

More info on what other key people were up to would have been greatly appreciated, for instance Stalin pops in and out throughout and we don't get a thorough understanding of what his role or importance was. Or we dont really understand the tsars personal reaction to the end of his reign.

Overall, a very worthwhile listen, great voicework by the speaker. A follow up book on bolshevik consolidation of power and civil war events would be great, the author certainly knows this bloody history well.

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- llwyd

Wonderful book .

History , brought to life , by a great writer . Can't recommend it enough .
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- stephen feely

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios