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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Audiobook

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes more nonfiction at its very best - and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.

Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.

Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants - and their eventual uprising - Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.

©2014 Candace Fleming (P)2014 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

Kirkus starred review, May 15, 2014:
“A remarkable human story, told with clarity and confidence.”

Publishers Weekly starred review, April 28, 2014:
“A wonderful introduction to this era in Russian history and a great read for those already familiar with it.”


From the Hardcover edition.

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    Fiona 18/02/2016
    Fiona 18/02/2016
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    "The Family Romanov"

    A detailed, sensitive and engaging account of the life of the Romanov Family and the end of Imperial Russia. An educative novel for anyone interested in learning about this significant period in human history as well as understanding how countries can be run.

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  • Angelbaby
    Houston, TX USA
    2/08/16
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    "Astonishing"

    this book had me on edge, from me only knowing the cartoon movie about Anastacia and not really knowing the Romanov family history, this book really informed me of the Russian history... I was amazed at the detail of events that happened to this family and how destroyed and destructive Russia was until the fall of the royal family.. I would definitely recommend listening to this book.. even hearing what was written from the diaries of the royal family and other who interacted with them was interesting and touching..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    18/02/15
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    "I thrilling history lesson."

    Sometimes The true history is more interesting than fiction. I enjoyed the suspense as well as the learning. The narrator was mostly average.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magda
    HANOVER, ON, Canada
    5/11/15
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    "Great listening"

    Detail story of Romanov Dynasty describing historical facts of not only daily life of imperial family but many important historical invents at that period of time. Easy to adopt to own knowledge and enjoyable performance of the narrators. Recommending with confidence.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CHET YARBROUGH
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States
    26/08/16
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    "THE LAST ROYAL FAMILY"

    Candace Fleming offers an intimate look at the life and death of the last royal family of the Czarist empire. The intimacy of the profile is reinforced by personal letters, contemporary literature, and historical accounts of the 1917 Russian revolution. Fleming reaches back to the beginning of Czar Nicholas’s reign 23 years earlier and ends with the families slaughter in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Russia. East of Moscow and southeast of St. Petersburg.

    Fleming offers an interesting and intimate view of the last Czar’s family. It is not laudatory but one comes away from the story feeling that the death of Nicholas and his family, like Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, were the result of changing times; not their ineffective, injudicious rule. They deserved to be dethroned but not murdered.

    Money, power, and prestige corrupts all human beings–rich, poor, religious, or secular. Democratic regulation; not autocracy, social justice; not vigilantism, peace; not war are the needs of society.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zack
    Chicago, IL, United States
    26/02/15
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    "Great book and great read"

    Author did wonderful job contrasting Romanov family life with political life and against the lives of the peasants. This is a really fun read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marceous
    19/09/16
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    "Enjoyed the history, detail and her performance."
    Would you listen to The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia again? Why?

    Yes, I always revisit a good book, movie, play and now audio performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia?

    The description of peasant life was riveting, also, the details of Rasputin's life, influence on the Romanov family, his murder and the final moments of the family's execution.


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr and Various ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne DeVuono
    6/08/16
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    "Where is Annastasia"

    Excellent book. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Very informative and gave me insight into Russian history. Highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jami L
    Utah
    5/05/15
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    "Good introduction to this family"

    I liked this book. it was a good introduction to the last Tsar and his family. Probably not the in depth history that some might want, but a good starter for a rookie like me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    9/09/14
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    "terrible narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a decent narrator, it was as if the narrators were telling a story to a bunch of first graders


    What was most disappointing about Candace Fleming’s story?

    everything


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment in the audio performance


    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Arius
    Annandale, VA United States
    2/12/16
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    "Good expansion of popular understanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Romanovs would not be ill-served to listen to this audiobook. It's engaging, well-written, and well-performed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick a favorite character in a historical work but I suppose Czar Nicholas qualifies as my favorite character, despite being hopelessly out of his depth.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Farr and Various – was your favorite?

    I liked her voice for diary entries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Much of the book was wholly unsurprising. We've heard all the tragic points before. But I think what was most moving was the execution.


    Any additional comments?

    This is yet another example of a ruler with a good reputation being completely responsible for the total lack of preparedness of the next ruler, which ends in disaster. (Louis XVI comes to mind.) Czar Nicholas was awful - but he was awful largely due to the fact that his father did absolutely nothing to prepare him for ruling a nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lisa
    21/01/16
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    "Great introduction to Russia under Nicolas II"

    An interesting and informative read. I really enjoyed listening to it. would recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about the revolution, but not wanting to get too bogged down in the political intricacies of the period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MMM
    Liverpool
    9/10/15
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    "The Family Romanov"

    An excellent book. For anyone who is interested in the history of the Romanovs, this book is a must. Historically accurate and well read, I enjoyed every second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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