Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov Tsars

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Donald Crawford, Rosemary Crawford

Narrated By: Nadia May

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 18 hours 17 minutes

Summary:

He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Everything was wrong...yet for Michael, it was love at first sight-an obsession that would lead to disgrace, humiliation, and exile. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk of all Europe.

Based on hundreds of letters long hidden in the Russian state archive, as well as Michael's private diaries held by the Forbes Collection, here is an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told. Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign.

"[A] genuinely moving story....Given this intimate and persuasive account of a decent, honest man, readers cannot help but wonder about the course of history if only Michael, and not Nicholas, had been tsar."-Kirkus Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Fascinating in its detail, but sometimes also got bogged down by that same detail. Great to hear the reader with the accent.