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Author: Robert Alexander Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481583107

Publisher Description

When tsarist soldiers fire at a group of peaceful village protestors and kill his young bride, Pavel dedicates his life to overthrowing the Romanovs. Pavel’s underground group assassinates the Grand Duke, changing the life of the Grand Duchess Elisavyeta forever.

Grief-stricken, Elisavyeta gives up her wealth and becomes a nun dedicated to the poor people of her country. When revolution finally sweeps Russia, she is the last Romanov captured, ripped from her abbey in the middle of the night and shuttled to Siberia. It is here, in a distant wood on a moonlit eve, that Pavel is left to decide her fate. 

The Romanov Bride is Alexander's fullest and most engaging book yet. Combining stunning writing with a keen talent for storytelling, Alexander uncovers more of the compelling Romanov drama and intrigue for his many readers and all fans of historical fiction.

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  • “[A] robust historical…The author’s extensive knowledge of Russia allows him to invigorate the narrative with telling details that bring the aristocrat Ella, who eventually became an Orthodox saint, convincingly to life…this is a compelling journey through momentous events that wraps up with a fine, deeply moving finale.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “De Cuir’s reading is beautiful and captures the gentleness of Elisavyeta and then her developing strength…The evolution of [the] characters from innocence to determination is fascinating, and the story of the Russian revolution is given new light…While listeners with knowledge of the history of this period will especially enjoy this book, students will be easily drawn into the story and will be interested in learning more.”

    - Kliatt
  • “The regime’s free fall is vividly brought to life…a moving testament to a saintly woman’s sad end.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Historically accurate and well written. "

    - Leila, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I wish this book had given a little more detail and that I was a little more versed in Russian history. Very readable and gives alternating glimpses into the life of the Grand Duchess Elissavyeta (Ella) and a poor village man named Pavel who becomes instrumental in the brutal revolution. I kept pushing ahead in this book because I did visit St. Petersburg about 9 years ago so it was interesting to hear about some of the places I visited while there. Hard to read at times because I knew how it would end for the royal family. I saw that the author also wrote a book called "Rasputin's Daughter" which might be interesting to hear things from her point of view. Another book by the author is called "The Kitchen Boy" - perhaps in the royal kitchen. I would like to read more because what I do know about Russia from my travels has left me thirsty for more! "

    - Jodi, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ugh, terrible. Enough said. "

    - Lisa, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " For years I have been fascinated by the Romanov family. This book manages to mix fact and fiction in a beautiful novel. "

    - Eileen, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " While I enjoyed the historical portion, I had to push myself to finish...a big yawner for me. "

    - Margaret, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A little violent for my taste. I did enjoy learning more about the Russian Revolution. "

    - Janelle, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A well researched historical novel. Fascinating subject. "

    - Dawn, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Robert Alexander is a master of writing about Russia, the Romanovs, and the Russian Revolution. "

    - Kari, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fascinating story told in a stiff, flat tone. Glad to know about the amazing life of the duchess, but I wish the author had drawn me in more and made the characters real and relatable. "

    - Dawn, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " The Kitchen Boy was so much better - really could not get into chat=racters or even care about them or their motivations "

    - Kathleen, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Alexander does a fine job of setting and characters, bringing to life a period and place not so often seen in today's fiction. "

    - Mary, 4/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoyed the audio book okay, but don't know if I would have liked it much if I had read it. I have more tolerance for audio books! The reading of the book was really good, different readers for the male and female parts, they did a great job. "

    - Whitney, 3/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Good quick read. It is a nice historical fiction that gives you a good look at Russia in the early 1900's. "

    - Jessica, 9/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Really has nothing to do with her being a "bride", except for I guess a "bride of Christ" as a nun, a bizarre title choice. Does contain graphic descriptions and profanity. "

    - Becky, 4/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I am a sucker for Historical Fiction. My favorite type of book to read. "

    - Sarah, 3/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Extremely dull. I was really disappointed since I enjoyed The Kitchen Boy so much. Don't waste your time. "

    - Becky, 2/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a good read. Author draws you into the Russian Revolution through two points of view. "

    - Carrie, 10/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great insight into Russian history during the fall of the Romanov's. Enjoyed the character development and details of life during the revolution. "

    - Lauren, 9/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Historical fiction is a great way to learn history and this book is no exception! Hand in hand with the author's book The Kitchen Boy, this book tells the story of what became of another Romanov, Elisabeth. Well done! "

    - Sandy, 8/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This novel takes place during the Russian Revolution. Although enjoyable, it is not as grand in scope as I thought it would be. "

    - Bob, 7/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really liked this book just as much as the first in the 3 book series of the Romanovs.This is actually the third in the series (I read them out of order)very historical in a very non boring way. "

    - Rosie, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " So far, I love it! "

    - Cristiana, 4/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Book III of the weekend. "

    - Wendy, 4/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Beautiful, tragic, fascinating and spiritual; full of life lessons. If you have an interest in Russian history at all, you should read this book. "

    - Laura, 4/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I've always liked Russian history. "

    - Mary, 2/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wonderful book. Listened to it while driving. Not sure about how historically accurate it is, but it is a compelling story. "

    - Vicki, 2/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Intersting to learn about the Romanov's and Russian history.Depressing story though. Wouldn't recommend it. "

    - Felicia, 1/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Historically quite accurate but the two voices did not mess until the very end so it was a bit choppy to read. "

    - Cindy, 9/19/2010

About the Author

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

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narrator, has narrated over three hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.