Award-winning and critically acclaimed historian Helen Rappaport turns to the tragic story of the daughters of the last Tsar of all the Russias, slaughtered with their parents at Ekaterinburg. On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down 23 steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was 22, the youngest only 17. Together with their parents and their 13-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias. Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, as it has about the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who - perhaps inevitably - have been seen as minor players in the drama. In Four Sisters, however, acclaimed biographer Helen Rappaport puts them centre stage and offers listeners the most authoritative account yet of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources, she paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty. We see, almost for the first time, their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood - their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haeomophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences. Compellingly listenable, meticulously researched, and deeply moving, Four Sisters gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for listeners almost a century after their death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Cass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000741/bk_macm_000741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Letters From My Sister began with a simple letter about a bad job interview or a bad hair day, seeking comfort from hundreds of miles away. One letter plus its response became two, two became four, and four became 120 over the course of a year in which Faye approaches college graduation in Chicago while Eve establishes her career in New York City. Through their correspondence, the Ledermans relate stories and reveal secrets in a way that only sisters can - with a raw openness and honesty derived from a lifetime of shared experiences that surpasses the bond of best friends. By exposing their foibles and fears, each reveals glimpses of real life, both silly and serious. While their stories are personal, the book’s themes are universal and offer perspective on larger issues. The sisters confront their femininity, but they are not confined by it; rather, they use it as a prism to critique many aspects of modern society. As the authors trade beauty secrets and hair removal nightmares, they simultaneously criticize the social construction of female beauty and laugh at themselves for buying into it. Faye finds a Russian waxing woman who nearly renders her bald, and Eve tracks down the eccentric inventor of the ´´Tweezerman´´ that is ´´so precise it can pluck in the dark.´´ Gender roles, career choices and family relationships are all fair game, subject to intense scrutiny, and as a result, hilarity. With a biting sense of humor, the Ledermans laugh long and hard at both their successes and failures. They learn to love their silly, imperfect, and often self-absorbed selves, enticing listeners to do the same. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Bauer, Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020079/bk_adbl_020079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A cabal of ruthless men set in motion a plot to ignite nuclear war, certain they will survive the resulting holocaust and rule what is left after the missiles stop flying. Director Elizabeth Harker´s aging Project team is called into action once again, but the odds are stacked high against them. A hostile president means to shut them down. Someone keeps trying to kill them. Nick and Selena´s unborn children are in the line of fire. Even Selena´s Russian half-sister is caught up in the deadly game, with consequences she´d never expected. The doomsday clock is ticking. If the Project team doesn´t stop the plot in time, the world will pay the price.
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An exploration of relationships, marriage, passion, beauty and the price of love. Zoë Howard is 17 when her brother, Russell, introduces her to Stephen Quayle. Aloof and harsh, Stephen is unlike anyone she has ever met, ´a weird, irascible character out of some dense Russian novel´. His sister, Anna, is shy and thoughtful, ´a little orphan´. Zoe and Russell, Stephen and Anna: they may come from different social worlds, but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other´s shadow. Set amid the lush gardens and grand stone houses that line the north side of Sydney Harbour, In Certain Circles is an intense psychological drama about family and love, tyranny and freedom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/003265/bk_boli_003265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Betrayed in a foreign land, one woman desperately attempts to return home in the sequel to Autumn Rain. Never thought to be particularly pretty, Englishwoman Katherine Winsteady is flattered and overwhelmed by the attentions of the Russian Count Alexei Volsky and his sister Galena. When the Count proposes marriage, Kate thinks her dreams have come true, and readily accepts. Isolated in the Count’s frozen Russian estate, Kate quickly learns she is pregnant with the Count’s child. The celebration is short lived as Kate discovers with horror her part in an elaborate plot for an heir, and the true relationship between the Count and his sister. Driven to flee in the Russian winter, Kate turns to the rakish Viscount Townsend, a family friend who has been hiding in Russia while contemplating his return to England. After bearing such a dark betrayal, will Kate’s heart ever feel warmth again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosalind Ashford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019465/bk_adbl_019465_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A house carved fine as a jewellery box, a painted garden, an angel in a palm tree. These are only some of the marvels of the Russian estate on which Nina Karsavina grows up, surrounded by her beautiful mother, her eccentric father, her elder sister Katya, and the housekeeper Darya who teaches her the old Russian folk tales and traditions. But when her father gradually loses his mind after the death of her mother, Nina takes the difficult decision to leave her homeland and marry a complete stranger.She arrives in England on the brink of the First World War and must adjust to a society very different from her own... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicolette McKenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/001454/bk_howe_001454_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vampires and werewolves are not affected by radiation, therefore a British coven and a Russian clan live in Chernobyl. My sisters Kassia, Maddy and I belong to both. After the nuclear accident on April 26, 1986, our home remains one the most contaminated areas in the world. The red forest located within the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) area surrounding the nuclear power plant has been labeled a ´´Radiological Reserve´´ and is now home to animals like elk, wild boar, and lynx; that´s where we hunt most of the time. My father was an attractive vampire with a taste for female werewolves. As a result my sisters and I are known as ´hybrids,´ because we are half vampire, half werewolf. Dimitry Belenko was his name. We have different mothers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. R. Lowe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012921/bk_acx0_012921_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.