Book pak Recorded Books 1995
CS ISBN 0788701029 $91.00 Eleven cassettes
A neglected child and wife, Catherine seized the throne of Russia from her abusive, alcoholic husband and went on to rule her eighteenth-century empire with skills that would do credit to a twentieth-century CEO. Porter's strong voice leaves no doubt of Catherine's mettle and intelligence; it also powers a long narrative, little of which is broken by dialogue. Strong diction and dramatic pronunciation of words like "gleaming" and "lashing" illuminate scenes of court life, amorous intrigues, city squalor and peasant rebellion. At home with Russian names, Porter switches deftly from admiration for the empress to audible scorn for her enemies. A grand portrayal of a great lady. J.B.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 99 & FEB 96]
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