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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Susan Jameson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781482978063
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Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in rural western America in the 1980s. What her neighbors and even her children don’t know, is that she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

The Tsarina’s Daughter centers around young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family’s private enclave outside the capital. When her younger brother is diagnosed with hemophilia, the key to his survival lies in the mysterious powers of an illiterate monk, Rasputin. Soon his hold over her parents threatens to destroy them all. But war breaks out and revolution sweeps her family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment. Then into Tania’s life comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from the executioner’s bullets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Erickson weaves historical details into this imaginative account of how Tatiana Romanov, the second of Nicholas and Alexandra’s four daughters, escaped the Bolshevik assassins who killed Russia’s royal family in 1918.…Despite knowing the real Tatiana’s fate, readers will rejoice in the fictional version’s survival. A sure winner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lovingly told, The Tsarina’s Daughter is a story with a bittersweet ending, as real history sometimes is. Beautifully written, this is a terrific book to curl up with on a chilly autumn day.”

    Romance Reviews Today

  • “Erickson never lets harsh fact impede a good story…the suspense never flags…More entertainment than history, but all the better for it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar.”

    People

  • “Clever and enchanting . . . [Erickson] has spun a sensitive and entirely believable story of the young woman’s coming of age in the maelstrom of World War I and the ensuing collapse of the dynasty. It is a love story, to be sure, but what makes this book remarkable (and a compulsive read) is the author’s superb understanding of the fascinating personalities of the Imperial Family and the Russian court. Highly recommended.” 

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A top-notch narrative…Erickson creates an entirely convincing historical backdrop, and her tale of a family’s fall from power and a country in transition is both romantic and gripping.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/16/2011

    " Another fictionalized version of end of the lives of the Tsar's family -- and in this case the author uses as her vehicle to tell the story a presumed survival of Titiana. I like this period of history, and enjoy reading/hearing the story again -- even when it is based on fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/15/2011

    " Enjoyed this book. I think everyone wishes and hopes that one of the tsarina's survived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/1/2011

    " The Tsarina’s Daughter is a wonderful historical fiction novel about the Romanov family and the one daughter that escaped the terrible execution of that royal family. This novel makes you wish with all your heart that Tatiana Romanov survived that fateful day in 1918.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/23/2011

    " The author calls her historical fiction "historical entertainment." That suits this book, fast, entertaining, but nothing special. Nice to read while I had the stomach flu, though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/22/2011

    " this book was kind of a slow read for me. I would read a couple of pages and then put it down (I started 2 other books while reading getting through this one!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 1/20/2011

    " Not as interesting as others I've read by the same author. OK, but I definitely was able to put it down when I had other stuff to do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 12/31/2010

    " I loved the book. I didn't know much about the Romanovs or the Revolution, but by the time I finished, I felt like I knew the whole family. It's a great read, but then i've never been disappointed with any of Erickson's books. "

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

    " The history of the Romanov family has been written about many times. I didn't learn anything new in this novel. Wasn't Anastasia the one that was supposed to have escaped the slaughter? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/24/2010

    " Another wonderful story by Carolly Erickson. I love her fictions of the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carissa | 11/24/2010

    " Fictional account of the life Tatiana Romanov. The beginning was really interesting, but the story really dragged at the end. Overall it was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 9/5/2010

    " This was very interesting to hear about the story of the Romanov family in a different perspective. It seems like this book was different from the typical book about the Romanov family. I enjoyed the history in this book and loved reading about the supposed life while living in the Romanov palace. "

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About the Author
Author Carolly Erickson

Carolly Erickson is the bestselling author of many distinguished works of nonfiction and a series of historical entertainments, blending fact and invention. Her historical biographies include The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty, and Alexandra. She lives in Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Susan Jameson trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and has since gone on to appear on stage in A Fool and His Money, You Say Tomatoes, This Happy Breed, and as Vera in Just Between Ourselves. On television she has been seen in Kid in the Corner, Catherine Cookson’s The Girl, Band of Gold, and Circle of Deceit. She also appeared in the film International Velvet.