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John Griffin-Miller

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  • The Romanovs: 1613-1918

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough History

  • By Shane on 12-06-2016

Outstanding history

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-09-2018

Not only was this story of a very high standard of academic research but also managed to exceedingly readable and interesting.
The audio presentation with its accuracy of difficult pronunciations made the whole story come alive. What an excellent achievement.

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  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm

  • Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
  • By: Miranda Carter
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    5 out of 5 stars 9

In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well balanced history

  • By John Griffin-Miller on 30-08-2018

Well balanced history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

Very impressed at the way the three main characters were evenly and carefully interpreted. This history has shed new light onto the spreading of guilt for the mismanagement of all governments leading up to the 1st World War.
The interpersonal ups and downs within each of the imperial families and between them was fascinating.
A very worthwhile story.

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