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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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    Wayne 02-18-15
    Wayne 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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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
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    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 08-02-16
    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 08-02-16 Member Since 2012

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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..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Magda 11-05-15
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zack Chicago, IL, United States 02-26-15
    Zack Chicago, IL, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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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
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 08-26-16
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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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.

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    Joanne DeVuono 08-06-16 Member Since 2012
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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

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    Jami L 05-05-15
    Jami L 05-05-15
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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.

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    michael 09-09-14
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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


    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    sarah lough 08-28-16
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    "ok but very basic"

    Nice history. But very basic - seems geared for YA or someone who knows nothing at all about the period. Nonetheless, it was well written and entertaining.

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    Michelle 08-18-16
    Michelle 08-18-16
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    "Finally, Honest Reflection of What Happened"

    Great story, great narration by Kimberly Farr. I've always been intrigued by the Romanov's and this particular book weaves through the legend and the myth surrounding the royal family and provides an honest and human depiction of them by referencing the perspectives from royals, peasants, soldiers, and from the Royal family's diaries. It pieces together the landscape, passion, and emotion in Russia before the revolt and the sad disappointment of communism afterwards. I cannot help but compare the last days of Russia to what's currently happening in America. The Royal family were scapegoats for evil utopian ideas, namely for the Marx idea of a "classless" society. Russia continued to throughout iron rule (and even to this day) have a privileged class. There are so many needless deaths on the road to utopia. If it can happen there, it can happen in America too. The poor in America live better than any king that's graced the earth. America will see the suffering outlined in this book of we don't tread carefully with the socialist ideas surrounding us. Greed kills innocent victims.

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    1/21/16
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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.

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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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