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"So much of my story unfolds by moonlight. This is a tale of midnight wakings and forced marches before dawn. Since this nightmare began, I do not dare undress, even to go to bed. I wear my dressing gown, my hair is prepared, and my shoes are set beside me. I have no idea when we will be summoned to rise. We have moved, as in the worst of dreams, slowly toward this place. There is no logic other than the sleepwalker's obedience - to follow instruction which we cannot resist: an actual lunacy.
"Now, I have control only of this - my record of what happened to us, to me. I have committed a single sin, my one terrible transgression. I pray to be absolved. In this recording of memory lies all meaning to my life. Let my will prevail in this, my ultimate wish, to salvage something of value from this tragedy. The rest, as my mother says, is in God's hands."
Here, in startling new historical detail, based on original diaries and letters, is the Romanov tragedy told from the point of view of the Tsar's third daughter, Marie, Anastasia's closest, older sister. Marie's story is unique - only Marie crossed the frozen Siberian river with her parents, and only Marie shared the full 78 days and nights in "The House of Special Purpose".
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By Elyse Becker on 08-19-15
Would you try another book from Laura Rose and/or Lillian Webb and Travis Smith ?
Yes. Rose is a fine writer. Webb and Smith both did admirable jobs narrating. In addition, their voices sounded appropriately youthful.
Would you recommend The Passion of Marie Romanov to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes, with reservations. This should be obvious, but this is a heartbreaking work. No one is perfect, but this close-knit family was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time historically--none of them deserved to die. It was a fascinating and touching but very, very tragic story.
I did think that Rose dwelt in too much gruesome detail on the botched executions and the disposal of the bodies.
Which scene was your favorite?
Marie's brief love affair was very memorable. But I should specify that the Passion in the title likely refers to Marie's being canonized as a "passion bearer"--that is, a saint who suffered but faced death in a Christ-like manner--in the Russian Orthodox Church.
What I liked best was how normal the imperial family was. Although they owned an enormous number of fine things, they were also happy living simple lives--as long as they had each other.
Could you see The Passion of Marie Romanov being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
There have already been movies about Anastasia. More could certainly be done. I'll leave the casting to someone else.
Any additional comments?
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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By C. Millea on 02-19-17
Sad and perplexing
Children as always are at the mercy of their parents, good or bad. Marie was fortunate in having a loving, educated and wealthy family. Little though did she know of the horrors taking place outside their bubble. It is still tragic to have such a brutal ending. I'm glad she was able to write her diary so that we can know what it was like living in what seemed to be a beautiful life but how quickly that can change. Her end was beyond evil. A piece of history through the eyes of such a young person sure gives a different view on such an unsettled time.
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