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The Kitchen Boy

A Novel of the Last Tsar
Written by: Robert Alexander
Narrated by: Allen Lewis Rickman
Series: A Romanov Novel
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family's murder? 

Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar to yet so different from any other.

©2003 Robert Alexander (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Ingenious.... Keeps readers guessing through the final pages." (USA Today)

"A gripping and entirely believable description of the last days of the Romanovs.... Thoroughly enjoyable, educational, and just a good old-fashioned page-turner." (Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene)

"Through the power of the author's imagination, we see not only the tragedy of the Emperor, but that of a human being, man, and father." (Ivan Artsyshevsky, The Romanov Family Association)

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  • Pamela S.
  • 10-07-19

great book

We read this in our senior English class. It was a great historical fiction book.

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  • brian
  • 29-01-19

An amazing historical fiction

An excellent take on what it must've been like during the last months of the lives of the Romanovs, with as much accuracy as possible. Narration is excellent, well done, Mr. Rickman.

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  • Mark Edens
  • 19-09-18

A True Masterpiece.

A true masterpiece of historical fiction. You will revisit this story many times. Superb narration, well done Mr. Rickman. Thanks

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  • AnneMarie
  • 08-07-18

The best Read in years.

Overall excellent the story and performance kept me glued to my IPad for days. In time I will listen again.