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What's it like to live as a Royal in exile? You were The Sovereign, the ultimate authority, the ruler of all you saw. Now, you have been forced from your home and live in meager accommodations, with little of the pomp, luxury, and circumstance of your previous life. Well, at least you're alive. 

Others like you were assassinated. Alexander Michhailovich was the Grand Duke of Russia, a member of the Romanov family. In this touching story written in the first third of the 20th century, he interviews deposed European rulers - many of whom were his friends - and shares how they feel about their predicaments and their futures. Twilight of Royalty is an insider's look at the intimate details of royals in exile.

Public Domain (P)2018 Jim Seybert

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Crowning Achievement

This is not a new book but that is a point in it’s favor. When you are writing about the disappearing monarchies of Europe, writing from the perspective of 1932 is a good thing.

Alexander Mikhailovich was a member of the last Russian royal family so, in a way, this is a book about his family since most European monarchs at the turn of the twentieth century seem to be inter-related in some form or another. So Mikhailovich’s viewing point is unique. After the fall of the Russian royal family in 1917 he became a journalist. Those two things are what make this book valuable. And just for good measure Jim Seybert does an excellent narration.

There once were 18 royal families in Europe. In 1932 that number was down to ten which --- spoiler alert --- is what it still is. Where did they go and how did they disappear? If you really want to know then listen to “Twilight of Royalty”; it is time well spent.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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INTRIGUING LOOK AT EXILED ROYALTY...

Very interesting story/book! I haven't read anything like this before, and really enjoyed it. It's a fascinating look into the lives of and circumstances surrounding the royals and the issues they faced. Great historical memoir! I loved the writing and the narration, and would definitely recommend this book, very insightful! :) I encourage anyone wanting to know more about the author to visit his page on Wikipedia, fascinating stuff!
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Twilight of Royalty

I enjoyed this book.It was a very interesting .I like to see behind the scene of Royalty to see if they are,indeed ,like us.Jum Seybert was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Fascinating account of the lives of royalty

I've always been intrigued by the lives of royalty, and loved this inside look at the stories around the rise and fall of deposed monarchs. This is written by Alexander, (formerly) Grand Duke of Russia, in more of an op-ed vs strictly biographical style, with anecdotes, observations, and sweeping opinions on those he's interviewing. It's generously biased but nonetheless revealing for that bias, and a fascinating look not just at the lives of his interviewees, but his own psyche and bitterness mixed with pragmatism at the fall of royalty's heyday in Europe.

I really enjoyed the narrator on this, he was great to listen to. Sometimes the voices for the characters were a little halting, or the pronunciation a little off (I've studied Russian, but most probably wouldn't notice), but it was a nice and easy-flowing narration.

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Fascinating Listen!

I really enjoyed this intriguing inside look at the declining era of royalty by one who was there and experienced it first hand. It was fascinating to hear the story from an insider's point of view, and even more harrowing to hear about the multiple attempts on the King of Spain's life. Although I am sure there was some bias toward the royals, since the author was one, and was related to or friends with, most of the others, it was interesting to hear about the pressures faced by the royals. I felt very much educated by the King of Spain's tale. It seemed sort of "damned if you do, damned if you don't." What I would really like, now, is to have a summary from the opposition points of view, so I could have a balanced view of the era. Still, this remains an enlightening and enjoyable listen.

I very much enjoyed the narrator. His delivery was clear and well-paced. Very easy to lite to.

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Really Interesting Listen

Typically I listen to romance and mystery, but I enjoy a good historical memoir book from time to time. This book by Alexander Mikhailovich was very enlightening and eye opening. The royalty stories that were told were very interesting and they gave a new image to those people. I was attracted to this book first by the author, as he was related to the Russian Zsar's family. I was pulled into the stories highlighting the King of Spain's family and how education was put first. Jim Seybert did a very good reading on this book. His voice was pleasant and he is eloquent in his delivery. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.