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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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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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