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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,926 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert K. Massie Narrator: Geoffrey Howard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307970237
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In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs provides the answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaile | 2/20/2014

    " Events leading up to the execution of the Romanovs and the later excavation of the remains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Sherman | 2/17/2014

    " Read this a whole ago - a really interesting account of the murder of Russia's last Tsar and his family and the long and ultimately successful search for their remains, which were burned, partially dissolved with acid and hidden in a deep pit in a Siberian forest. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/12/2014

    " Deeply moving and as fascinating as "Nicholas and Alexandra", Massie has a special connection with this family and it shows in his writing. An extreme amount of research not only into whether the remains were in fact the tsar and his family, but the twists and turns of the coverup that kept any and all information secret for too long. I found myself wishing I could shake Soviet officials in frustration who kept people in the dark long after it was necessary to do so. Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, a fear of embarrassment hindered investigations and scared those who might have been able to give first hand testimony. If the Romanovs hold any interest for you, this book is a must read. It will have you crying for the callous way the children were treated. They were innocent of anything except being born to loving, devoted parents who ruled a huge part of the earth, but with little idea how to do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/6/2014

    " I don't know why but the Romanovs have always been an interesting story for me. Perhaps its the fact that I can't imagine Russia being led by a royal family and having links to other great royal families of England, Germany and Spain or it's the terrible manner in which the beautiful girls and young boy were killed. Either way the story is intriguing but what made this book more interesting was the story behind The book focuses not on what happened the sad day in 1917 when the family was murdered but how the remains were found in the 1980's while Russia was still under the 'iron fist' of Communism and the subsequent pretenders and the politics behind who was going to get credit for identifying the remains. The book was sometimes difficult to follow as the author introduced a player in the story then went silent telling a story only to bring the player back. As a result I found myself going back to the reread who was who so I understood who the author was referring to. This could just be a result of the large number of people who's paths seemed to collide but it was annoying nonetheless. Finally, because the book was published in 1995 there is still part of the story that may yet be uncovered that was not included in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/3/2014

    " Gruesome assassinations, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, forensic science, DNA, and political/scientific posturing. What's not to like? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/28/2014

    " A well researched, well written, fascinating look at the enduring mystery of what happened to the Romanov family. Now I really have to read Nicholas and Alexandra. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/20/2014

    " It was pretty good. It was incredibly detailed, and I learned a lot about the end of the Romanov empire and the drama that ensued over the remains of the family. There was a TON about DNA typing and scuffles between various experts, and it was a little too detailed for my tastes. That said, it was interesting and made me want to read more books about tsarist Russia, as well as other parts of Russian history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " Found this in the library in WY - didn't know there was something of a sequel. This one more directly addresses the murder of the Tsar and his family and the mystery of what exactly happened to them afterwards. Another good read - if you like that sort of thing. I do... :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/8/2014

    " Fascinating look at all of the mysteries surrounding the death (or survival in some cases) of the Romanovs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aletha | 12/6/2013

    " Great book! Good account of the family's last days and the events leading up to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 9/3/2013

    " I wanted to LOVE this book. After all, Massie is my favorite author of Romanov works. Unfortunately, I found the science and legal matters discussed and debated in too much detail. The beginning and closing chapters were fascinating, the middle dragged on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Simmons | 8/14/2013

    " Very interesting book. I am fascinated by the tragedy of Nicholas and Alexandra and this book goes into great detail. A definite read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 6/21/2013

    " Very good writer but,reading the same thing over and over it really gets boring.Very good info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanee | 11/26/2012

    " What a sad ending to the royal family. This book is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 8/25/2012

    " Ok, so I haven't _finished_ it per se, but I've read about 2/3rds of it and now I'm tired of the Romanovs. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 6/26/2012

    " I have a deep respect for this writer's research and writing style. So often it can feel dry, textbook style, or preachy. He takes me further into the history of people I want to know better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micki | 6/17/2012

    " Fascinating, scary in that the history and politics could be the US someday "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 4/2/2012

    " A story of disagreements between countries, between branches of the church, and between family members. Add to that a story of lies and of greed. Well researched but more has been added to the story in the past twenty years. Glad I read it, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anny | 3/27/2012

    " I originally started reading this book for an essay, was only going go use it for reference. However I'm really interested in the fate of the last Tsar and his family, and thus finished it. I guess it would be cruel to say that I enjoyed the read, but it was nice to see the end of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy Richter | 2/5/2012

    " An amazing book packed full of historial details and events that does not read like a school book but more like a sad tragic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ingerson | 10/28/2011

    " Modern myth meets modern science "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/25/2011

    " Robert Massie always attracts my attention. His book on the discovery and authentication of the bones of the Imperial Family of Nicholas II is well told and well documented. I was not totally surprised at the infighting between the scientists, the governments, and the Orthodox Church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aya | 7/27/2011

    " Interesting facts on the last days of the Romanovs, how they died and their supposed to be survivors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cassie | 5/14/2011

    " Such a fascinating case! Unfortunately, this book was published 13 years before they found the bones of two of the missing children, an obviously integral part of the Romanov mystique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jo. | 2/17/2011

    " The story of the Romanovs has always captivated me, and this book was a wonderful treat for my hunger of the subject.
    Very informational, entertaining, and unputdownable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 12/5/2010

    " I learned nothing more than I already knew. But there were new photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/17/2009

    " Except it's not quite the final chapter, is it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/5/2009

    " A well researched, well written, fascinating look at the enduring mystery of what happened to the Romanov family. Now I really have to read Nicholas and Alexandra. "

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About the Author
Author Robert K. Massie

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1929. He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. Peter the Great won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1981.