Why Did I Listen To The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport?
Growing up I loved the animated movie Anastasia (and later the Broadway adaptation). Learning more about the Romanov family dynasty is something that I’m always looking to do. I actually had been approved for an advance copy of The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra on Netgalley when it was first published but for some reason never actually read it. So when I found that the audio version was available on Libby, I was quick to grab it up and delve right in.
What’s The Story Here?
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra delicately describes the lives of the four Grand Duchesses (Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia) of the Romanov dynasty from birth until their unfortunate deaths. Using personal letters, journal entries, and second hand accounts of the family, Helen Rappaport presents the four girls as individuals with their own personalities, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of the world around them. Their lives are carefully intertwined with that of their parents and brother which influences the way in which they behave and are a perceived by Russian society in the early twentieth century.
How Did I Like The Romanov Sisters?
My heart really went out for the four Grand Duchesses of Russia by the end of The Romanov Sisters. Each girl really was unique but this uniqueness was often overshadowed by an attempt to group them together. It was also overshadowed by the political climate around them and the sicknesses of both their mother and their brother. I enjoyed reading about their youth, their school girl crushes, and their involvement in nursing during the wars. Each of the girls was a devoted member of their family – and sadly all of them were caught in the crossfire of the political revolution of the time.
How’s The Narration?
The audiobook narrator is Xe Sands. It is 12 hours and 26 minutes unabridged and most of the chapters are long in length. It is well narrated and takes you on the journey of Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia and their family and friends with ease. I enjoyed listening to The Romanov Sisters and learning even more about the ultimately tragic Romanov dynasty.
Rating: 4 Stars
Audiobook review layout borrowed from April @ Good Books and Good Wine.