Alexei and the Second Empress

Narrated by: Lynne Rutherford
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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These are the final days of the tsars and Alexei Shafirov, an infirm skeptic, is bedridden after a fall. Throughout the long recovery his loved ones speak to him of fables, uprisings, and a royal family under house detention. At the heart of their stories is Alexei Romanov, the heir apparent. Like him, the Romanov boy is a hemophiliac, near the center of a decades-old political cabal. Both children are prone to mischief, self-indulgence, and illness. But some insist their connection runs deeper than that.

Alexei and the Second Empress is an account of the end of Imperial Russia, told in equal measures fairy tale and cruel realism. It is a story of opulence, folklore, addiction, and secrets. And the most profound of those may not come to light without a price.

©2018 Fred Nolan (P)2019 Fred Nolan

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WOW ... only 5 hours and 55 minutes to go ... I can do it!!

... I think I can, I think I can ... maybe not. A very disjointed tale. The characters are not endearing. Their development doesn’t go any further than their names. Somehow I don’t think I’m going to make it through this one ...