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Extended Audio Sample The Rose of Sebastopol, by Katharine McMahon
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katharine McMahon Narrator: Clare Wille Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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Russia, 1854: the Crimean War grinds on, and as the bitter winter draws near, the battlefield hospitals fill with dying men. In defiance of Florence Nightingale, Rosa Barr - young, headstrong, and beautiful - travels to Balaklava, determined to save as many of the wounded as she can.

For Mariella Lingwood, Rosa's cousin, the war is contained within the pages of her scrapbook, in her London sewing circle, and in the letters she receives from Henry, her fiancé, a celebrated surgeon who has also volunteered to work within the shadow of the guns.

When Henry falls ill and is sent to recuperate in Italy, Mariella impulsively decides she must go to him. But upon their arrival at his lodgings, she and her maid make a heartbreaking discovery: Rosa has disappeared.

Following the trail of her elusive and captivating cousin, Mariella's epic journey takes her from the domestic restraint of Victorian London to the ravaged landscape of the Crimea and the tragic city of Sebastopol. As she ventures deeper into the dark heart of the conflict, Mariella's ordered world begins to crumble and she finds she has much to learn about secrecy, faithfulness and love. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui Deprez | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book - taught me some Crimean history and also social history relevant to womens' lives at the time. It also had some romance based on reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donia | 2/11/2014

    " This is a somewhat interesting story of two women, cousins united by love and friendship. One yearns to be a nurse while the other prepares for certain marriage. The Crimean War, however, changes both of their fates and propels them into a dangerous world of war and death. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L.R. Green | 2/2/2014

    " *sigh* I really wanted to like it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Weiss | 2/1/2014

    " I was hopeful about this book because I truly enjoyed The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon. The plot in "Rose", however, moved slowly and really didn't perk my interest until the main character actually went to Crimea. I was also disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/29/2014

    " Very enjoyable even with a predictable plot ending. Particulary liked the details of daily Victorian life and location descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suburbangardener | 1/24/2014

    " This was another one of those books that caused me to lose sleep because I couldn't put it down. It's a mystery, missing person story, but also a story of growth and change. The sheltered Mariella embarks on a search for her spirited, independent cousin, who has disappeared at the front of the Crimean War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isobel | 1/15/2014

    " Agree with the other reviews. Started well then lost its way. Descriptions of the hell that was the Crimea seemed trite, especially when coming from the perspective of a middle class Victorian young lady. Ending was particularly unsatisfactory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faa | 1/12/2014

    " Heart wrenching and in the end, it left you with hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kajsa Askerup | 12/24/2013

    " A good story, I think that the time period was well described and how the nurse profession started out. The story had some twists and turns and they way you feel about the characters change when you read the book because there's more layers added to them as the story progresses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 12/22/2013

    " Interesting storyline but very abrupt ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/4/2013

    " Audiobook captivated me amd made me want to walk longer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/3/2013

    " A well-plotted, elegantly-written historical novel set mostly in England during the Crimean War. Thoroughly interesting and engaging characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hermien | 11/27/2013

    " I loved the historical setting and the repressed sexual tensions. Also an interesting insight into the life of girls and women in those days and the limited choices available to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 4/2/2013

    " A bit slow to get into but once I got going I loved this account of The Crimea war which exploded some of the myths. A history lesson and a golly good story too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/27/2013

    " I like some historical fiction and this was one I liked very much. It's a great story without a lot of history getting in the way. Takes place during the Crimean War. I will definitely read more of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 3/27/2013

    " This was one of those books I had to force myself to finish because I'd spent money on it. Jumping back and forth in time was frustrating to me. Too much of the story was left unfinished. I'm glad the main character finally got a backbone. I wanted to slap her myself and tell her to get a grip... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Soapykitty | 3/4/2013

    " Very dull.I could't get past page 30.I'm glad I only paid $1 for it when I was desperete for something to read.The cover is really pretty though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann Cole | 12/20/2012

    " 3.5 stars. I Didnt know much about the Crimean war period till I read this. Somewhat sad, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SuzieR | 12/13/2012

    " I found this quite informative and interesting, but I found the characters quite annoying and I didn't like the ending! Too abrupt and too many loose ends for my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/8/2012

    " This could have been a really good book, but it was confusing where it didn't need to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 5/3/2012

    " Complex characters made this a pretty interesting novel about the Crimean War, but the ending was unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brixter | 3/21/2012

    " Surprisingly addicting and you'll end up wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/15/2012

    " I loved it until the end. It needed another 25 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 12/27/2011

    " This seemed to go on forever and then it had a dumb ending. I really was hoping for a better ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie | 7/24/2011

    " Interesing history of the Crimean War, nursing (Nightingale), and women's roles. Loved the characters and how they developed through the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/6/2011

    " Very well written and quite engaging. Surprising for a Dollar Store book! She kept my interest and even had me turning back to reread portions, looking for details I'd skimmed to quickly. Well done! "

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

    " Interesing history of the Crimean War, nursing (Nightingale), and women's roles. Loved the characters and how they developed through the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadine | 4/18/2011

    " Thought this book was going to be about Florence Nightengale - it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simran | 2/24/2011

    " An interesting historical fiction novel with a romantic twist. A good read! I enjoyed the parts about medical knowledge or the lack there of, a very interesting perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/27/2011

    " Amazing story!!!! I loved the intricate story-line. It did jump around from the past to the future and then back again making it a difficult read but it was very well detailed and in the end came together very well. I would buy it at full price it was that good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 10/27/2010

    " Fascinating historical interest book set at the time of Crimean War, with absolutely credible characters that were not in any way contrived. Lovely read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 10/1/2010

    " I am thoroughly enjoying this factual novel of middle 1800 events affecting women, war and romance. Amazing how far we have come in terms of industry, medicine and feminist rights!
    An introspective look at the times as well as a brilliant story of friendship and love... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 9/21/2010

    " What I liked about this book was the time period- so well described, I got a real sense of life during the Crimean War. However, the past and present flip back and forth so often it was hard to keep the story flowing well, and I wanted to find the protagonist and slap her silly. "

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About the Narrator

Clare Wille has been working as an actress and voice-over artist since graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1997. Her recent theater work includes Seeing Without Lightand Look Back in Anger. She has starred in a number of television series, such as Swinging, Broken News, and Girls in Love, and has made appearances in Vital Signs, Life Begins, All About Me, Where the Heart Is, and Doctors. Most recently, she played Pru in Housewife 49 and DS Rachel Dawson in Heartbeat.