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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Pataki Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780399566912
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Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner.

Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure. In mid-nineteenth-century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but also with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Sisi grows restless, feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage. A free-spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest. There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from the striking Hungarian statesman Count Andrássy, the man with whom she’s unwittingly fallen in love. But tragic news brings Sisi out of her fragile seclusion, forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows.

Through love affairs and loss, dedication and defiance, Sisi struggles against the conflicting desires to fight to keep her family together or flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War. In an age of crumbling monarchies, Sisi fights to assert her right to the throne beside her husband, to win the love of her people and the world, and to save an empire. But in the end, can she save herself?

Featuring larger-than-life historic figures such as Bavaria’s “Mad King Ludwig” and the tragic Crown Prince Rudolf, and set against many of Europe’s grandest sites—from Germany’s storied Neuschwanstein Castle to England’s lush shires—Sisi brings to life an extraordinary woman and the romantic, volatile era over which she presided. Allison Pataki renders her novel in captivating prose and rich period detail, delivering an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will enjoy the glorious dilemma of whether to turn the pages swiftly, breathlessly following Empress Sisi from one astonishing, heartbreaking adventure to the next, or to linger and luxuriate in Pataki’s vivid, sumptuous descriptions of the Habsburg court.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Pataki’s sweeping tale captures the court intrigue, the emotional turmoil, and the lavish settings of this turbulent nineteenth-century world.”

    BookPage

  • “Deftly explores the complex life of a woman who was both loved and hated by those whom she ruled…Pataki brings richness and relevance to the story of the woman who worked tirelessly to protect the face of an empire.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pataki successfully juggles numerous political and personal plot lines while maintaining her focus on a fascinating central character. Extensive notes reveal the author’s attention to detail and explain where the novel diverges from the historical record.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden captures the formal personality of the Empress Elisabeth…Using crisp, droll tones that roll off the tongue, Knowleden reads the account of Sisi’s years as Queen of Hungary…While Knowelden reads the companions’ parts with warmth and charm, her choice of a cool and haughty tone for Elisabeth is exactly what listeners expect an empress and queen to sound like.”

    AudioFile

  • “A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Allison Pataki is the author of the New York Times bestselling historical novel, The Traitor’s Wife. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years writing for TV and online news outlets. The daughter of former New York State governor, George E. Pataki, she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and FoxNews.com.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Knowelden Is an audiobook narrator who was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2013. As an actress, she trained in London at the Webber Douglas Academy where she received a Sir Laurence Olivier Commendation. Her acting credits include theater, musicals, and national tours in the UK. Also a film actress, she was recently a participant in BAFTA’s Newcomers Program.