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
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.
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..
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.
Author did wonderful job contrasting Romanov family life with political life and against the lives of the peasants. This is a really fun read.
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.
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.
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.
a decent narrator, it was as if the narrators were telling a story to a bunch of first graders
disappointment in the audio performance
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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