The Imperial Wife

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Irina Reyn

Narrated By: Karen Peakes

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: July 2016

Duration: 10 hours 22 minutes


Tanya Kagan, a rising specialist in Russian art at a top New York auction house, is trying to entice Russia's wealthy oligarchs to bid on the biggest sale of her career, The Order of Saint Catherine, while making sense of the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband.

As questions arise over the provenance of The Order and auction fever kicks in, Reyn takes us into the dazzling world of Catherine the Great, the infamous eighteenth-century empress, who may have owned the priceless artifact and who, it turns out, faced many of the same issues Tanya wrestles with in her own life.

Suspenseful and beautifully written, The Imperial Wife asks whether we view female ambition any differently today than we did in the past. Can a contemporary marriage withstand an "imperial wife"?


  • Donna O\'Neil

    Really enjoyed storyline, although roughly historically correct, left out a lot of details of the young Catherine. Would have really enjoyed the parallel lives of Catherine and Tanya; would like to read the book. The narration killed it for me. I kept checking my phone to make sure it wasn't on 1.5 speed, although there were parts the narrator slowed down. Occasionally she read expressively but most of the book was in the sing song read aloud voice of one not accustomed to choral arts. The beauty of an audio book is the savouring of the wordsmithing of the author in a way different to reading in the mind. The pace of the narration did not allow for this

Imperial Wife

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