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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Alexander Narrator: Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781400171941
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With the same riveting historical narrative that made The Kitchen Boy a national bestseller and a book club favorite, Robert Alexander returns to revolutionary Russia for the harrowing tale of Rasputin’s final days as told by his youthful and bold daughter, Maria. Interrogated by the provisional government on the details of her father’s death, Maria vividly recounts a politically tumultuous Russia, where Rasputin’s powerful influence over the throne are unsettling to all levels of society, and the threats to his life are no secret.

With vast conspiracies mounting against his father, Maria must struggle with the discovery of Rasputin’s true nature—his unbridled carnal appetites, mysterious relationship with the empress, rumors of involvement in secret religious cults—to save her father from his murderers. Swept away in a plot much larger than the death of one man, Maria finds herself on the cusp of the Russian Revolution itself. With Rasputin’s Daughter, Robert Alexander once again delivers an imaginative and compelling story, fashioned from one of history’s most fascinating periods that, until now, has been virtually unexplored in fiction.

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  • “The combination of Alexander’s research and his rich characterizations produces an engaging historical fiction that offers a Rasputin who is neither beast nor saint, but merely, compellingly human.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " A very easy and entertaining read. Rather tough and sometimes dark subject but very interesting. Even thought this is a work of fiction all of the characters are real. It is a fun and easy way to learn some of the history of the time as it was truthfully represented also. Starts you thinking and then lets you do some further research to find out more about the people involved and the times as they were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hawn Smith | 2/18/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Rasputin was such a quixotic individual and it's hard to sift through the historical record and get a clear picture. I found that this book fleshed out a lot of the known traits and activities of this enigmatic man in a way that made the contradictions more understandable. I also thought the author did a good job in relating the story from Marie's point of view. I came away from the book feeling like I was trying to accept all the contradictions in his life just as she had to. I also learned something that I either forgot, or never knew and that was that the Russian people did not know that Alexei was a hemophiliac. This was absolutely crucial to the decision to have Rasputin killed. Without this all important reason, it seemed to the aristocracy and the public that Rasputin was treating the Empress as a lover and that he had tremendous influence over public policy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/7/2014

    " A compelling, quick read, this fictionalized account of the last days of Rasputin (as told by his daughter, Maria) read like juvie fiction but had enough grit to make it interesting. I enjoyed the last pages where the author told of the true last days of the surviving characters. Seems that Maria Rasputin wound up in the circus and then in a Miami shipyard. She even wrote a cookbook that included some of Rasputin's favs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Duggan | 2/4/2014

    " I was disappointed :( I enjoyed The Kitchen Boy and expected to like this book as much. The writing was more on the Young Adult level and contained way too many similes. Some of the information presented about Rasputin was interesting but overall the book was predictable and disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book to get a little bit of perspective on Russian history. A quick, engaging read, though I wish that Maria R. hadn't come off as so naive -- although maybe she really was, but still! I just wanted her to have a little more oomph. Still informative for anyone interested in Rasputin/Romanovs/Russia/revolution/R words. I'm also curious if Sasha was based on a real person or a figment of the author's imagination. And was Maria actually there at her father's death? (I had thought no.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 1/30/2014

    " I liked "The Kitchen Boy" by Robert Alexander much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/27/2014

    " Another historical fiction book - enjoyed reading and learning about Russia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kenpen | 1/11/2014

    " I thought Maria's character was flip-floping on her attitude toward her dad (Rasputin) the entire book, and I really got annoyed with the it. I did not like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/9/2014

    " Not as captivating as the Kitchen Boy, but I did enjoy the history involved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronni Jo | 1/5/2014

    " Not as good as I'd hoped. The beginning was good and the end, but the middle was quite dreadful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 12/13/2013

    " I love books about the Russian Revolution and the Romanovs. In fact, I've read many great book on this topic. This is not one of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 11/7/2013

    " Tedious retelling of the last days of Rasputin as seen through the eyes of his oldest daughter. I really had to force myself to finish this one.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/27/2013

    " Very interesting and he did a good job building the charaters. Definately got me to check out more of the Russian history on the internet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Miller | 7/5/2013

    " A short read about the infamous Rasputin from the view of his daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 6/26/2013

    " interesting perspective of Rasputin's influence on the events in imperial Russia before the Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefie | 6/20/2013

    " One of my favorite books I have ever read. I am facinated with the rise and fall of Rasputin and the Romanovs. This was an eye opening book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/2/2013

    " excellent- I am a huge fan of russian history- I found this accurate and just very interesting! a great perspective. It was very interesting to see Maria transform and loose her innocence through out the book. a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/19/2013

    " This book was okay, but I enjoyed The Kitchen Boy a lot more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 12/18/2012

    " This book was interesting. It dealt with a time period, culture, and family (Rasputin) that I think is interesting. It was written in a way that makes you care about the characters, and makes you want to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyce | 10/3/2012

    " What a fascinating account of the mysterious Rasputin and his life. I thoroughly enjoyed this beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/16/2012

    " Well written and very interesing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 9/21/2011

    " Great historical fiction from the daughters life experiences, how to love a father who is so full of energy but so evil.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Constance | 7/26/2011

    " Great story. Never knew who Rasputin was so this was an interesting story for me. Like the genre and the way Alexander tells a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandro | 3/14/2011

    " Easy to read, especially while flying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randee | 2/26/2011

    " This was a really interesting and quick paced book. I really didn't know that much about Rasputin, besides his basic reputation, but this was a really interesting look at the man himself. Anyone who enjoys Russian history, would definitely enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/25/2011

    " Very interesting and he did a good job building the charaters. Definately got me to check out more of the Russian history on the internet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 1/11/2011

    " Yawn. An intriguing story, but a boring book. I am fascinated by Russian history, and particularly by the fall of the Romanovs and the rise of the revolution. Nevertheless, I found it hard to get into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mizie | 12/27/2010

    " this book is very interesting..........the scene of how romanov was killed vividly explained "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/11/2010

    " I wanted more - but it didn't deliver. Rasputin is one of my favorite characters in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 10/22/2010

    " The middle of Alexander's Romanov trilogy tells the story of the murder of Rasputin from his daughter's point of view. I had read her autobiography. This put novel put another slant on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 9/18/2010

    " An interesting account of the last week of Rasputin's life, told from the perspective of his daughter, Maria. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/16/2010

    " Really have enjoyed R. Alexander's other books about the Romanov family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 9/16/2010

    " I would guess that this is well-researched: it certainly gives that impression. Hard to put down? Yes, somewhat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 9/16/2010

    " I enjoyed the telling of a historical event in story form from Maria Rasputin's point of view. Maria was the daughter of the famous Rasputin who is deemed responsible for the Russian revolution that brought down the Romanoff family. Anastasia was filmed based on the Rasputin stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 9/10/2010

    " Not as good as "The Kitchen Boy," but still very well done. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander is the author of the bestselling novels Rasputin's Daughter and The Kitchen Boy. He has spent thirty years traveling in Russia where he has worked for the United States government. He currently is a partner in a St. Petersburg company operating a number of businesses. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Narrators

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.