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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: Candace Fleming Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9780553395297
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“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.

"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire

"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction


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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”
  • Booklist starred review, June 1, 2014:
  • For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience. The Horn Book starred review, July/August 2014:
  • Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect."
  • School Library Journal starred review, June 2014:
  • This is both a sobering work, and the account of the discovery of their bones and the aftermath is at once fascinating and distressing. A solid resource and good recreational reading for high school students."
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review, September 2014:
    “With comprehensive source notes and bibliographies of print and online materials, this will be a boon to student researchers, but it’s also a heartbreaking page-turner for YAs who prefer their nonfiction to read like a novel.”
  • “A wonderful introduction to this era in Russian history and a great read for those already familiar with it.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The tragic Romanovs, last imperial family of Russia, have long held tremendous fascination. The interest generated by this family is intense…This well-researched and well-annotated book provides information not only on the history of these famous figures but also on the Russian people living at the time and on the social conditions that contributed to the family’s demise…A sobering work, and the account of the discovery of their bones and the aftermath is at once fascinating and distressing.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Compulsively readable, Fleming’s artful work of narrative history is splendidly researched and documented. For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A remarkable human story, told with clarity and confidence.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 for Teens
  • Winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, July 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of The Great and Only Barnum, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book; The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.