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    The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

    This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin.

    To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice. Six tsars were murdered, and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler.

    The Romanovs: 1613-1918 climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, The Romanovs: 1613-1918 is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

    ©2016 Simon Sebag Montefiore (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Fast paced and densely packed

    Overall this is a thrilling listen, as Montefiore makes Game of Thrones seem tame compared to the Romanovs. The biggest names (Ivan the Terrible, Peter & Catherine the Great, Nicolas II and family, Rasputin) are enjoyably fleshed out, and the whole book is exhaustively researched. However, the downside of listening to this as an audiobook rather than reading it is the sheer density of the material and the avalanche of names necessary to cover a period of history as long as is covered here. Especially during the reigns of the lesser czars, the non-stop political turn-over of ministers can become bewildering, and without the ability to flip back a page or two to remind myself who the characters in question were, I often had to resign myself to not really understanding exactly what was going on.

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    • Carmen PF
    • 21/09/2018

    Great book, not so great reader

    The book is fantastic, and I am sure it will become a classic on Russian history. Mr Sebag Montefiore has done a great work: he combines detail, research and historical accuracy with amenity and readability.
    Alas, the listening experience is botched by the performance of the reader; he has quite a curious diction, where he rathers splutters words. It is specially annoying in a book like this, where foreign names abound. I’ve had to check plenty of them. He also has an unsteady reading pace, where he suddenly accelerates and one word seems to crash into the next one. A pity.

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    • Mikael
    • 06/12/2017

    Great book.

    Very fascinating story and good performance overall. Could have been a little less about the last tsars.

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    • Joseph
    • 20/08/2017

    informative history of the Tsars

    good narration. kept me interested till the end. highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Russian history

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    • Martin Grobler
    • 30/06/2017

    Definitely not a waste of my time

    You have to be interested in the history to enjoy this book as the story can get a bit long winded at times.

    I however thoroughly enjoyed it. The writer brought various sources of information together to create a seamless story that flows together. Well done!

    I leave having learnt significantly about Russian culture and the history of governance behind it as well as the individuals that shaped it.

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    • Jorge
    • 21/06/2017

    Thorough, interesting and well narrated

    The Romanovs is a thorough description of ancient and modern Russia through the eyes of autocracy. Very well narrated.

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    • Andrew
    • 07/12/2016

    Pretty good

    As a Russian I enjoyed this side look to the events of our history. However, there were some small differences with the version I (and all other in my country) know from Russian historians. Still very much worth it though.

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    • Atreyam
    • 18/10/2017

    Too much condensed. Read out too fast.

    Quite informative, well researched. However, crammed, lacked coherency, unclear reading-out. Jerusalem book was good example.