Based on hundreds of letters which have long been hidden in the Russian state archive in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as on Michael's private diaries held by the Forbes Collection in New York, Michael and Natasha is one of the greatest and most dramatic love stories of this century.
It is also a book which sheds significant new light on the downfall of the Romanov dynasty. Michael, proclaimed Emperor on the abdication of his brother in 1917, was arrested three times thereafter and was the first Romanov to be murdered, though Natasha escaped, disguised as a nun.
This is a book of immense historical interest, impressively researched; but above all it is a compelling love story set across the background of imperial Russia, of war, and of bloody revolution.
©1997 Rosemary and Donald Crawford; (P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The authors, both journalists, have crafted a compelling, well-researched account of an aspect of Russian history not widely known. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
The writers managed very successfully to stitch together an account of Michael and Natasha’s lives from letters and other sources in a manner that breathed life into what could have been very dry material, yet they did so without getting carried away or drifting too far from facts. For me, the background of this love story, the fall of the Romanoffs and Tsarist Russia was more interesting than their relationship – but that is why I read the book in the first place. Never straying far from the known facts, there is a tendency to include far too many love letters, word for soppy word, which is my only criticism. It is beautifully read.
This work of history reads like a novel. It provides a very personal inside look at European history in the early 20th. century. The narrator is superb, providing very believable accents
A must-read for history lovers! If you are familiar with the Romanoff's history, this book will make you look at a number of well-known historical facts from a different perspective. The authors do an excellent job at picturing their characters as mere mortals as far as their feelings and emotions are concerned, and yet underlining how dramatically differently their lives could have turned out should they not be burdened by their royal duties. Although I was not overly impressed with the narrator, I nonetheless enjoyed the book very much. If you like this book, I would also recommend Antonia Fraser's "Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King", outstandingly narrated by Rosalyn Landor.
Michael and Natasha was a great surprise. I stumbled upon it and found it fascinating. I don't usually listen to history, but this was more like a novel.
It reads like fiction, but it's all too true. Russian history of the twentieth century is simply incredible. This book draws on newly revealed archival information. Great historical events are told from the point of view of the individuals involved, making it come alive.
Pronounce Russian names correctly.
It was hard to put down. However, it seemed to end rather quickly after the climax. I would have liked more of a denouement. The final history of Natasha and family could be given in more detail. I didn't want it to end.
One of the best histories I've read (or listened to). Extensively researched and tells a story true to history: an incredible, romantic, sad and complex story. Also a good history of WWI and the Bolshevik revolution, not from the view of Lenin or Czar Nicholas II but of Grand Duke Michael and Natasha.
After I had seen the high praise for this book - I was very excited to get stuck into it but was very disappointed. I found the book turgid and ponderous without life or enthusiasm. A great deal of it simply consists of chronicling historical fact and lists of things, people & places.
There is no imagination or passion in this book - nothing that conveys the interest of the writers. The dullness is compounded by the narration which made me feel as though as I was back in lower 6th being spouted at by a too well bred teacher.
Not for me I'm afraid.
Very enjoyable! The author seems to have done good research for the book. There is an undeniable exciting backdrop, namely the russian royal family and the decades leading up to the russian revolution. Commendable and pleasing narration from the author. And of course a window into almost every girls secret dream, a passionate and romantic love story that defies society. Almost like a good love novel but with the additional aspect of being true history. A truely compelling look into the lesser known persons in the periphery around the last russian tsar. Historic presentation at its best in my view.
This is a great story to understand the early 19th Century Russia. I have always been fascinated by the Romanov stories.
However, the book is too long and occasionally sounds like a gossip magazine from early 1800s.
The authors get carried away with details such as where Michael parks his car, which hotel room they stayed in, what they ate some night, etc.. These details make the book unbearable at times . I got the impression that authors tried to show off with how much detail they know about this couple.
I would still recommend the book. If there is an abridged version, that I would strongly recommend.
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